Manufacturing

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Do you like to work with your hands?
Are you a fast learner and willing to learn on the job?
Do you enjoy making things, using hand tools or power tools?
Are you able to visualize how individual jobs impact a greater goal?

 

What it takes:

  • Technical aptitude.
  • Willingness to work hard and be a team player.
  • Ability to follow directions and safety precautions.
  • Anbility to use computers, tools and machinery.
  • Reliability and honesty.

 

Look around you...

Nearly everything we use is produced by the Manufacturing Industry. From vitamins to medical devices, cars to lawnmowers, even the desks we sit in at school are all produced by a manufacturing team.

The men and women working in Manufacturing make a wide range of products, devices and components for all other industries. After successfully completing high school, some students enter directly into on- the-job training or industry apprenticeships. Others, such as Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operators and Programmers, Welders and Maintenance Technicians, require additional certification or specialized training at community or technical colleges. Bachelor’s degrees or advanced degrees are required for some management positions, all Engineering disciplines and Chemical careers.

 

Career Spotlight

Robotics Technician

Robotic Technicians can work in several different areas of the engineering technology field, such as communications, medical science or the military. However, Robotics Technicians are vital to manufacturing companies that rely on automated, robotic production. Industrial robots are expected to work non-stop for years and Robotic Technicians are the ones who ensure that they do.

Robotic Technicians build, maintain and fix industrial robots. They must be skilled in several different areas, such as mechanical repair, hydraulics, electric circuit design and computer programming. They can diagnose and repair problems or malfunctions and must also be able to understand and correct programming code so that industrial robots are maintained and that production can continue.

Becoming a Robotic Technician requires a two-year associate’s degree or technical certificate through a technical or community  college. Industrial robots can weld, assemble, paint or handle materials! Many workers continue their education and training through their employer, learning about the specific robots they work on. If robotics sounds interesting to you, start your path in high school by taking math, science and computer courses. Investigate robotics courses and robotics clubs that you can be involved in now.

Careers in Manufacturing

  • Assembly
  • Boilermaker
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Chemist
  • CMM Operator
  • CNC Operator & Programmer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Fork Lift Operator
  • Frontline Supervisor
  • General Labor/Production
  • Industrial Painter
  • Inspector/Tester
  • Line Stocker
  • Machinist
  • Maintenance Technician
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Materials Handler
  • Machine Operator
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineering Technician
  • Microbiologist
  • Molding & Casting Worker
  • Packaging Line Lead Operator
  • Packaging, Shipping & Receiving
  • Process Engineer
  • Process Technician
  • Product Engineer
  • Quality Control Supervisor
  • Quality Technician
  • Robotics Technician
  • Sheet Metal Worker
  • Solder/ Brazer
  • Tool & Die Maker
  • Welder

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For more information:

Janet Ormond
Chair, Central AlabamaWorks
Industry Training Center
1701 Lafayette Parkway
Opelika, Alabama 36801
334.745.6437 ext. 5521
jormond@centralalabamaworks.com