As the country continues to rebound from the economic downturn, there arereports almost every day about companies looking for applicants who have the right qualifications on their resume to fill thousands of new job openings in the manufacturing industry.
With more businesses reshoring jobs or setting up operations in the U.S., including China’s largest PC manufacturer Lenovo Group, which will open its first stateside plant in North Carolina, the industry is in dire need of workers with advanced skills.
Five percent of manufacturing jobs go unfilled every day because we can’t find the skilled workforce, Jay Timmons, president of the National Association of Manufacturers, told McClatchy News.
In 2010 manufacturers began pushing for the creation of a portable skills certificate that could be recognized across the country, As a way to close the ever-growing skills gap. The association set a goal of 500,000 portable certificates by 2016.
If you are looking for a job in the emerging manufacturing industry, you may want to take an online aptitude test to determine what skills you have that can enhance your resume, or if you will need additional training in order to enter the field.
Modern manufacturers are looking for workers who are not only skilled laborers, but who also have critical thinking skills.
Today’s lean manufacturing companies are looking for skilled workers who think like engineers and who bring to the job each day a broad knowledge of product design and product development, Perry Sainati, the chief executive officer of universal joints manufacturer, told Manufacturing.net.
Some of these advanced skills also include the ability to operate and maintain computerized equipment, blueprint reading and higher machine proficiency.