Are you unemployed, underemployed, or just graduating from high school or college? Are you worried you might not find a job that pays you well without a college degree? The manufacturing industry could be exactly what you’re looking for. Jobs in manufacturing often have accessible entry-level positions and potential for career advancement, especially with the number of skilled laborers looking to retire, leaving their positions open.

But you may be wondering how to get into the manufacturing industry. After all, career aspirations don’t amount to much if you can’t get your foot in the door. Thankfully, it’s much easier than you might think.

Understand the Industry’s Needs and Trends

Before you get into the industry, you should do some research. Manufacturing has always been big in Massachusetts, ever since the textile mills during the Industrial Revolution. Over more than a century later, it’s still big business, accounting for 9.72% of the state’s total output, and employing 6.71% of the workforce. 

But it’s not enough to just know that it’s a lucrative industry. If you’re looking to make it a long-term career, it’s important to know what trends are big in manufacturing and where there appears to be a growing need. For example, the industry has been looking to become more sustainable and reduce their greenhouse emissions. So you might want to look for manufacturers who are reducing waste, increasing supplier diversity, and prioritizing fuel efficiency. These are the companies that are looking ahead to the future and will last in the long run. 

Consider the Career Path You Wish to Take

The manufacturing industry is extremely diverse, with many roles, positions, and skill sets. Therefore, there are a lot of different career pathways available to you. You might find yourself drawn to quality control, or perhaps you’ll find that becoming a machinist suits you best. What matters the most is that you choose a career that you feel satisfied and fulfilled in. If you’re feeling fulfilled, you’ll be motivated to work hard and advance, leaving you with better career prospects.

Sign Up for AMTEP Training

The biggest step you can take into the manufacturing industry is signing up for training with AMTEP. We provide no-cost-to-you training courses that have been vetted by Northeast Advanced Manufacturers. This ensures that the skills you learn are applicable in the workplace and that these manufacturers are getting qualified laborers.

why amtep?

Our educational partners and career centers provide multiple training cycles in the North Shore, Lowell, Merrimack Valley, and Metro North areas to support the manufacturing industry. Programs in machining, electromechanical assembly, and welding can be accessed year-round due to the versatility and need of the skills gained with this position. However, other programs, like those focusing on robotics and math for GHS machining also can be offered.

The manufacturing industry isn’t as hard to get into as you might think. You just need to know where to start. Sign up for some free training and get in touch with a MassHire Career Center representative to start your new journey in manufacturing.