ACTE November/December2011 : Page 37

“‘Today, I’m calling for all of us to come together—private sector industry, universities and the government—to spark a renaissance in American manufacturing and help our manufacturers develop the cutting-edge tools they need to compete with anyone in the world,’ said President Obama in June.” PHOTO BY ISTOCK.COM accepted credentials for manufacturing jobs that companies across the country are looking to fill. Types of careers AMP promises the creation of jobs for mechanical engineers, scientists, com-puter programmers, technicians, design drafters, machinists, quality control man-agers, production line workers, robotic engineers, and manufacturing manag-ers. Many of these jobs are high-paying occupations; for instance, according to CNN Money.com, mechanical and robot-ics engineers are in the hot-jobs list and can earn between $80,000 and $110,000 per year. Topping that, manufacturing managers can make between $110,000 to $130,000 a year (Money.cnn.com). With support from the AMP initiative—which includes government, industry and private sectors—manufacturing industries could become America’s next big career boom. manufacturing Industries Through the AMP initiative, indus-tries will benefit as new technology will be shared and customized across the manufacturing industries, allowing for increased efficiency and production. This program can potentially help companies produce efficient, alternative energy sources, invent new products at a faster pace using new technology, develop new life-saving pharmaceutical drugs, as well as build and design cities with little pollution. These industries include, but are not limited to, automation, automo-tive, chemical, construction, electronics, engineering, environmental, food and beverage, furniture, heavy machinery, metals, mining, oil and gas, paper, plas-tics, telecommunications, and textiles. In order to accommodate this technological advancement, the manufacturing sector will need a qualified, trained workforce. www.acteonline.org Strong communication and research skills are required as well. If a high school stu-dent decides to go on to a technical school or a community college for a one-year certificate in manufacturing, it would be wise to first take algebra, trigonometry, a basic writing course, and a basic computer course if he or she lacks any of those skills. There are opportunities for advancement for workers with a one-year certificate from a postsecondary program in engi-neering, management and computers— which may lead to the high-paying jobs listed above if workers receive additional education and work experience. High-demand Fields Information technology (IT) is in very high demand, according to CNN Money.com. IT consists of a multitude of computer-based skill sets that all busi-nesses rely on, including manufacturing companies. Since AMP will be focus-ing on advanced robotics and computer systems for the purpose of streamlining the manufacturing industry, the field of N ovember/december 2011 Techniques required Skills and Aptitudes Contrary to popular stereotypes, manu-facturing workers today need to be highly skilled. They need a strong background in algebra and trigonometry, as well as com-puter hardware and software applications. 37

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