Career Pathways for Manufacturers

Are you thinking about breaking into the manufacturing career field? If you’re looking for an important, in-demand job then it might be the right path for you!

Over 70% of Americans view manufacturing as the most important industry for a strong economy and national defense. And with 17.6 million manufacturing jobs in the United States–and as many as 500,000 manufacturing jobs unfilled due to lack of qualified workers–the market is looking for individuals with the skills and credentials that come from a manufacturing degree.

Between 2015 and 2025, more than 2.7 million workers are likely to retire. Between 2012 and 2022, the National Association of Manufacturers estimated that there will be 2.2 million job openings in manufacturing!

Here in Connecticut, there are approximately 4,350 manufacturers employing over 163,300 workers. And 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 a CBIA 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.

With the future of manufacturing open in Connecticut, which career path available is right for you? Pursuing one of these three degrees could help you prepare for a career in the CT job market.

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.

Whether you are starting your career or already work in the field, Goodwin College’s manufacturing training programs can prepare you for an industry driven by technology, innovation, and creativity. Learn more or contact us to get started.