Manufacturing across the U.S. is a thriving industry that is constantly improving and innovating, and throughout New York and Vermont, we are experiencing the same momentum. The local manufacturing industry continues to flourish and grow, with sleek, technology-driven facilities, full of high-paying, meaningful careers – and trust us when we say these careers are HOT.

With an increase in production thanks to new technology and innovative systems – there is also an increase in the demand for skilled talent. With ample use of automation, 3-D Printing, Robots and Screen Technology – it’s no wonder manufacturing careers are some of the hottest to come by.

Advancing your career in manufacturing is easy. Whether you’re interested in design, engineering, welding, assembly, IT or even the business side of the industry, manufacturing offers a wide variety of rewarding careers.

Take a look at these hot manufacturing careers that are forecasted to grow.

Reads and interprets engineering plans to program manufacturing equipment, maintaining and improving productivity, quality, and safety through specialized specifications. May require bachelor’s degree.

Interprets blueprints and uses welding techniques to join and repair metal materials according
to specifications. Requires a high school diploma or GED and vocational training. May also
require certifications and an apprenticeship.

CNC Operator
Sets up, programs, and operates computer numerically controlled (CNC) machinery to perform a range of production job functions, including cutting and drilling metal properties. Has excellent measurement skills and can read and interpret blueprints.

Machine Operator
Reads and interprets blueprints to ensure machinery is accurately set up for production, operating on schedule with production timeline. May require a high school diploma/GED and a
completed apprenticeship.

Reads and interprets blueprints to assemble, test, and repair complex components of complete
units. Utilizes special equipment such as electronic hand and power tools. May require high school diploma, GED, or vocational training.

Maintenance Technician
Reports to Operations Manager, performing day-to-day maintenance tasks such as fulfilling technical service requests. May require high school diploma, GED, or vocational training.

Read and interpret instructions for moving, assembling, and/or breaking down factory machinery. May require high school diploma, GED, or vocational training.

Reads and interprets blueprints to fuse together metal parts ranging in size and material utilizing various power tools. May require high school diploma/GED and completed apprenticeship.

Production/Warehouse Supervisor
Organizes and monitors work flow to increase production statistics and reduce costs. Oversees and improves manufacturing processes, employee training, safety procedures, and resource management to meet production goals. Requires a bachelor’s degree.

CDL Driver
Drives commercial motor vehicles transporting, delivering, and unloading various goods from production sites to customer locations, sometimes across state lines. Must possess a CDL Class A, B, or C license depending upon the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of designated vehicle.

Forklift Operator
Moves materials within the warehouse operating a forklift. Keeps record of relocated items. Requires certification and high school diploma/GED.

Prepares warehouse shipments by pulling, packing, weighing, and recording specified materials. May require high school diploma or GED

Quality Assurance/ Control Technician
Implements processes and systems to ensure product quality. Performs analyses on strategic plans, identifying problems and improvements. Communicates and upholds quality expectations throughout company. Requires a bachelor’s degree in a related field and a high level of attention to detail.

Want help navigating a strategic pathway to one of these rewarding careers in manufacturing? Our ETS recruiters are here to partner with you, giving you insight into local hiring trends, and offering confidential advice and guidance.

Need further training to make your career goals a reality? Our close ties with Clinton Community College, put the educational pathways and programs you need right at your fingertips. Serving as a regional hub for manufacturing education, the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing at Clinton Community College, allows students of all ages to immerse themselves in an authentic manufacturing environment.

Set up a meeting with an ETS recruiter today to start your pathway to a rewarding career in manufacturing.