Be a Part of the Movement on Manufacturing Day and Every Day

Written by: January Mallory
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The manufacturing industry has come a long way since the ’60s and ’70s. Back in those days, a job at the manufacturing plant was ideal for our fathers, grandfathers, and great-grandfathers. They received on-the-job training to secure an honest living. As technology catapulted us into the 20th century, manufacturing jobs took a back seat to more cushy desk jobs where the only time your hands get dirty is when you spill your favorite coffee or smear ink or white-out all over them. These cushy desk jobs are making it harder for many manufacturers to find quality candidates for the next generation of manufacturers.

Like with any new or old fad, you won’t get anyone’s attention without a pitch. There needs to be a draw to spark the candidate’s interest. With baby boomers retiring in large numbers every year, you need to think quickly before you miss the waves. With days like Manufacturing Day, the first Friday in October, you can take this opportunity to host events to bring awareness to younger generations all that your organization has to offer. Here are five alluring qualities about manufacturing jobs that may peak the interest of the younger generations:

  • Where is the computer? Younger generations grew up in the digital age, anything outside of that is just uncivilized. Manufacturing as they know it involves “machinery.” But wait isn’t that technology? Explain how the equipment used in manufacturing facilities use the latest and greatest in technology.
  • Getting in elbow deep quickly. For those highly coveted desk jobs, it could take years before you reach your intended destination. With apprentice jobs, on the job training, and certifications, you could move up the ranks quickly. Younger generations are constantly looking at the next fad and manufacturing careers may be one of few industries to keep up with their ever-changing interest.
  • Opportunity is waiting for you. In many industries the competition is so steep you need a face mask to protect yourself from all the doors slamming in your face. According to recent data provided by the Manufacturing Institute (MI), 364,000 manufacturing jobs are going unfilled. Manufacturing opportunities are plentiful.
  • Everything sparkles on the showroom floor. Manufacturing plants have always received a bad rap for being greasy and grimey. Nowadays, manufacturers are the first to try their hands at the latest in robotics and would never miss an opportunity to showcase a new toy. Many manufacturing facilities are cleaner than your average doctors’ or corporate office. Those clunky work boots and thick dark colored uniforms are more about safety than protecting your fancy digs.
  • It’s all about the Benjamins. Younger generations are always concerned about how much money they can make in any career. Your facility may be among many who have nudged salaries upward in hopes of attracting more clients. In a report issued earlier this year by Lawrence Mishel, manufacturer workers earn 13% more hourly compensation (wages and benefits) than comparable workers earn in the rest of the private sector.

If your manufacturing company isn’t opening the doors to invite in potentially new and fresh talent, they should be. Manufacturing Day is a great way to give younger generations a different perspective on an industry that has been overlooked over the last few decades. Check out to receive resources to help make your company’s Manufacturing Day purpose full and productive.

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