Millennials in manufacturing

According to the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), manufacturing ranks five out of seven for career preferences among 18-24 year olds. Whether it’s a misperception or lack of knowledge about manufacturing, it’s important that this generation understands the variety and skills needed for today’s manufacturing careers. Watch this video about millennials thoughts on manufacturing.

For years, the public’s view of manufacturing has been that it is dirty, dangerous and offers little job security but today’s manufacturing is quite the opposite thanks to new processes and technologies. It’s sleek, modern and innovative with highly skilled employees using advanced technologies in fields such as engineering, technology development, logistics and manufacturing. It’s a safe place where continuous improvement thrives and caring for the environment is a top priority.

Over the next decade, nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will likely be needed. These jobs are both highly skilled and well paid. From welders to manufacturing engineers to human resources, there are a variety of manufacturing careers in today’s industry.

According to a recent report from Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute, 80 percent of manufacturers report a moderate or serious shortage of qualified applicants for skilled and highly-skilled production positions.

To help with recruitment problems in this industry, manufacturers celebrate Manufacturing Day to show young Americans first-hand what today’s manufacturing jobs are like. Caterpillar joins this annual celebration as manufacturing is the core of our company. Our customers are literally building the world and couldn’t do it without our engines and equipment. Every job has repetitive aspects but our employees have a unique view of the current processes and procedures established across the enterprise. Likewise, manufacturing employees are tasked with thinking outside the box on how to improve not only processes and procedures but also the design behind our machines.

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