Do you know just how dynamic manufacturing is as an industry? In addition to all of the jobs traditionally associated with the industry like robotics and machinery, did you know that other areas of work such as baking and textiles are also included? Keep reading to learn about the different opportunities currently available in the Massachusetts Manufacturing industry that break from the norm.
Cafe Baker, Oven Operator, Pastry Chef Assistant
Food, although not often thought of like a commodity rather than just a part of daily life, must also be produced and created via the assistance of machines and equipment. For this reason, baking is considered to be a part of the manufacturing industry.
Baking and food production, in general, at its core is a purely scientific process. Being able to properly adhere to a recipe and manage a machine, at such a large volume of production, is no easy task. Those who fill roles such as these must have a high level of skill when it comes to metrics, chemical combinations, and temperatures, while also retaining the creativity that comes with the presentation and taste.
If you are someone who is interested in the benefits and security that comes with a career in the manufacturing industry, but are less interested in the idea of working in a traditional manufacturing role, exploring opportunities in food manufacturing and production provides a great opportunity to elevate your skill set in several ways.
These job positions and many others similar to them are currently live on the AMTEP site, under “Job Opportunities.” Commercial baking and production baking primarily operates in retail or commercial spaces such as grocery stores and restaurants. Shifts can range from early in the morning to late at night, but often have flexibility.
Jewelers, Precious Stone and Metal Workers, Sewers and Tailors
Jewelry and textile production also fall under the category of manufacturing. Whether it be creating diamonds in a lab or constructing clothes on a high-efficiency sewing machine, these creative, highly skilled jobs also fall under the category of manufacturing.
Textile work, as an industry, has been around for centuries. It has evolved in major ways since its boom in the United States in the 1800’s. Controversially, a lot of U.S. textile production work has been exported overseas, severely diminishing the number of textile worker job opportunities.
This outsourcing has had many negative effects due to the lack of strict laws and regulations surrounding production in certain foreign countries. Negative environmental effects and mistreatment of employees in the name of a larger profit margin has caused many to rethink the model of outsourcing textile production. For this reason, the U.S. textile manufacturing business is expected to gradually come back to U.S. soil. According to the BEA, “in 2021, the output of U.S. textile manufacturing totaled $16.59 billion, up 23.8% from 2009.”
Precious metal workers are, as indicated, those who work directly with previous metals and stones. This can be for the purpose of crafting and sizing jewelry, such as rings, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, etc. They must be highly skilled and artistic people, who are able to notice and perfect the smallest details. They are also considered to be manufacturing workers, as they require highly intricate machines and tools to complete tasks such as engraving and shaping.
Job opportunities for metal workers have remained steadily consistent, although they are not the largest sector of work, those who are able to perform successfully in the field are financially rewarded for the high level of skill that is required.
More and more people are beginning to once again savor the time and thought that must be put into well crafted textiles, as the manufacturing industry changes to reflect the demands of the changing world, more and more opportunities to work in these creative manufacturing industries will present themselves.
Training with AMTEP, A Foot In The Door of Manufacturing
For those who may be interested in exploring opportunities in the manufacturing industry but don’t necessarily want to remain in an entry level position, or even the same sector of the industry for the duration of their career, training with AMTEP can be a valuable resource that gets you in the door of the manufacturing industry.
Our program is specifically designed to further the careers of those who were provided less opportunity and resources. The only requirement you need to be successful in this program is the drive and dedication to make a positive change in your career. Once you complete the program training and your apprenticeship, you will be placed in a manufacturing position that helps you better hone your skill set.
Once you acquire the experience and become more confident in your role, the sky’s the limit as far as opportunity for advancement goes. One of the best parts of the manufacturing industry is its flexibility and freedom. Those who have the desire to pursue a dynamic and challenging career consisting of multiple roles that better shape them as a professional, have the opportunity and are encouraged to do so.
Getting Started with AMTEP
If you are someone who is intrigued by the prospect of entering a career in manufacturing, signing up with AMTEP is easy. We intentionally offer classes at different times and locations so as to best fit your schedule and convenience. Training lasts only a few weeks and is designed to get the most out of the time that you invest in yourself.
After your training, we will work with you to identify a real-world professional apprenticeship that will allow you to be placed in a functioning work environment. This will give you, as a student, an insight and understanding as to where you stand in your skills and experience, as well as some great networking opportunities. It is not uncommon for our apprenticeships to often turn into full-time, paid positions.
If you do find yourself feeling stuck in your current job or career path and desire a change, don’t feel as though you have no options. The manufacturing industry is consistent, reliable, and rewarding. You needn’t spend thousands on student loans or certificate programs that won’t deliver the results you need to get hired. Programs such as AMTEP exist for those, despite their unfortunate current work situation, want to persevere and establish a lucrative career for themselves and their families.
Even if you have doubts about your place in the manufacturing industry, know that there are opportunities for everyone. Whether you consider yourself to be more of a creative person, someone who is scientifically inclined, or prefer to operate machinery, there are abundant professional options for those who seek them. The manufacturing industry is the backbone of the American economy and will persist and mold to fit the demand of the modern society. Don’t wait, join in on this industry and all it has to offer today.
Simply visit our website to learn about specific training options and find out how you can get started on your successful future, now.