The manufacturing industry produces nearly every product you and your family use on a daily basis—from the materials used to build your home and car to the clothes you wear to the food you eat. Opportunities in manufacturing include mechanics, information coordination, computation, material handling and automation. Manufacturing is a crucial part of the U.S. economy, contributing over $2 trillion in 2013 alone. The manufacturing industry employs more than 12 million Americans.
GE’s Get Skills to Work coalition provides accelerated training and skills translation for veterans interested in manufacturing careers.
- Production managers help make the best use of the people and equipment in a plant. They monitor budgets, safety programs, purchasing and schedules.
- They can use technologies like sensors, predictive analytics, and wearable devices to consistently—and in real time—optimize plant operations.
- Maintenance Technicians repair, install, adjust, or maintain industrial production and processing machinery. They must be able to repair or maintain the operating condition of the equipment, as well as disassemble it to repair or replace broken or malfunctioning components.
- Welders use hand-welding or flame-cutting equipment to weld or join metal components or to fill holes, indentations, or seams of fabricated metal products.
- They might operate safety equipment, examine pieces for defects, and select and install metal components like torches, torch tips, filler rods, and flux.
- Machinists fashion all kinds of products and parts out of medal. They are skilled operator of industrial machinery, responsible for fabrication, assembly and repair work.
- Pay ranges for machinists vary, and pay increases as one moves up to Machinist II, Machinist III and managerial positions.
- Industrial designers draw up plans for everything from bicycles to the latest advancements in medical equipment.
- Working in this field requires strong computer skills.
- Three-dimensional CAD systems are used to transform drawings into models. CAID systems are used to communicate with production machinery.
Get Skills to Work is a coalition of manufacturing companies and community and technical colleges committed to recruiting, training, and retaining veterans in long-term careers in advanced manufacturing and other disciplines. Get Skills to Work reached more than 100,000 veterans with resources to help them prepare for and enter into advanced manufacturing careers.
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Get Skills to Work is a coalition of manufacturing companies and community and technical colleges committed to recruiting, training, and retaining veterans in long-term careers in advanced manufacturing and other disciplines. Get Skills to Work reached more than 100,000 veterans with resources to help them prepare for and enter into advanced manufacturing careers. The founding partners included GE, Alcoa, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Manufacturing Institute, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes, the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University, LinkedIn, TechShop, the Gary Sinise Foundation, the VA Center for Innovation (VACI) at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and more. For more on the history of the program and the partners, visit our archive site here.