Connecticut is becoming a leader in the manufacturing industry, offering high pay and steady jobs for the vibrant workforce of the future. Connecticut’s manufacturers build jet engines, helicopters, submarines; they are leaders in making things that affect the world. If you’re interested in manufacturing, or looking to step into a steady industry that’s growing every day, then pursuing a degree in manufacturing may be the path for you.
In Connecticut, there are approximately 4,350 manufacturers employing over 163,300 workers. This manufacturing workforce earns $13.6 billion in wages and salaries annually, manufacturing CEO Robert Sobolewski told the Hartford Business Journal. In 2012, Connecticut reported the highest average annual pay for manufacturing employees in the nation, with an average salary of $64,366, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
The Obama Administration also recently designated Connecticut under the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership initiative. With that designation, the state will receive support from 11 federal agencies with access to more than $1 billion in federal funding dedicated to economic development and the resurgence of manufacturing in the nation, according to an announcement by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. Connecticut was chosen largely due to its aerospace and defense industries, with industry leaders like East Hartford’s own Pratt & Whitney. Manufacturing in the state will continue to grow for years into the future!
Today’s manufacturing industry is also cleaner, safer, and more efficient than ever. And industry leaders are looking for a skilled, certified workforce to fill the growing needs of an expanding workforce. Manufacturers like Sobolewski say that they are worried about skilled labor shortages in the future as a workforce that skews older begins to retire.
The jobs are out there! If you’re looking for a great career in a strong industry in Connecticut, pursuing one of these degrees could be a great way to start.
Manufacturing Management Degree
With a bachelor’s degree in Manufacturing Management, you can learn the skills you need to succeed in today’s manufacturing, including: the supervision of manufacturing processes; management of human and mechanical resources within budgetary and schedule constraints; and assurance of lean manufacturing processes, resulting in high quality products.
In Goodwin’s Manufacturing Management degree program, you will gain the skills and knowledge that include an understanding of: operations management, manufacturing supervision, lean manufacturing, green manufacturing, manufacturing logistics, industrial safety, production planning and control, quality management, team dynamics, purchasing, and customer service.
Supply Chain Management Degree
An associate degree in Supply Chain and Logistics Management will provide you with working knowledge and organizational skills that can be applied to all manufacturing and logistics environments. You will be prepared to manage distribution, inventory, packaging, and warehousing in manufacturing and other business environments.
This supply chain management degree program at Goodwin covers the basics of supply chain management, manufacturing planning and control systems, purchasing, and the physical distribution of goods to customers. Teamwork and communications skills will be enhanced by use of problem solving and lean process improvement techniques to improve warehouse, distribution, and supply chain operations.
CNC Machining Training
Goodwin College offers CNC Machining programs at certificate and associate degree levels. Both integrate an understanding of the manufacturing processes, knowledge of materials, and a working comprehension of manufacturing mathematics. You’ll also gain competence in technical drawings, specifications, and computer-aided machining.
Combined classroom instruction and hands-on operation of our new CNC 3-axis milling and turning machines will provide you with the knowledge and machining experience you’ll need to be successful in the industry. In this CNC machining training program, you will also gain an in-depth understanding of advanced Mastercam skills needed for programming tool location, motion, and feeds and speeds.
Interested in learning more about Goodwin College? Learn more today, or check out all of our programs to see why we’re a leading manufacturing and machining school in CT! You can also interact with us on Facebook or Twitter!