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Machinist, Tool and Die Maker
Operate a variety of computer or mechanically controlled machine tools to produce precision metal parts, instruments, and tools. Some old school machinist do it by a skilled hand.
Full time work in machine shop or factory. Sometimes due to job deadlines overtime, evening and weekend work is common.
Machinist, Tool and Die Maker Requirements
Train in apprenticeship programs, trade schools and on the job. Fully trained tool and die maker takes a combination of 4 or 5 years of technical instruction and on the job training. Good math, problem-solving, and computer skills are important.
Annual wage was $45K in 2017.
Expected to grow 7% from now into 2020. As the Made in America concept takes more of a foothold in the next few years this industry will grow much faster and larger.
Assembler and Fabricator
Assemble both finished products and the parts that go into them. They use tools, machines, and their hands to make engines, computers, aircraft, toys, electronic devices, etc.
Large portion of the work is done in manufacturing plants involving long periods of standing or sitting. Sometimes workers come into contact with harmful chemicals or fumes but generally the work is not dangerous. Full time job often working evenings and weekends due to factory deadlines.
Assembler or Fabricator Requirements
Variable depending on the industry and employer. Although a high school diploma is enough for most jobs, experience and extra training is needed for more advanced assembly work.
Annual wage was $28K in 2017.
Basic growth as the babyboomers start retiring out of these jobs. The more qualified applicants including those with technical vocational training and certification should have the best job opportunities in the manufacturing sector particularly in growing high technology industries such as aerospace and electromedical devices.
Constructing products such as kitchen cabinets and various furniture with wood.
As working conditions differ a lot of woodworkers mill around noise and dust. High rate of injury is attributed to this industry.
Apprentice type education as becoming a fully trained woodworker requires many skills and generally takes at least 3 years of on the job training. Computer skills come in handy but oldschool is also on the rise.
Annual wage was $34K in 2017.
18% growth into 2020. Better hand skills and knowledge of math, computer operated machines will open opportunities in more manufacturing industries.
Quality Control Inspector
Examinination of products for defects or deviations from manufacturers specs.
Conditions vary by industry, size and specific duty of each company. Quality control inspectors work full time.
Quality Control Inspector Requirements
High school diploma and receive on the job training.
Annual wage was $36K in 2017.
A projected 8% growth. The inspectors with more advanced skills and on the job experience will have the best job opportunities.
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