What’s Manufacturing Day All About?

Did you know the American manufacturing workforce employs approximately 12 million Americas, supports 17.4 million total jobs, and attracts 57% of engineers and scientists? Currently, 80% of all manufacturing jobs employ workers ages 45-65, which is why Manufacturing Day is so important. By working together during and after Manufacturing Day, manufacturers are able to address the skilled labor shortage that is facing them, by connecting with future generations and taking charge of the public image of manufacturing to ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry. Consider this day a celebration of the modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers! As a United States manufacturer with over 60 years’ experience in creating over 10,000 custom and branded solutions for customers, we thought this is a great opportunity to share some of the most interesting career opportunities and facts about our industry.

Fast Fact: Consider that for every $1.00 spent in manufacturing, another $1.89 is added to the economy. That is the highest multiplier effect of any economic sector. In addition, for every one worker in manufacturing, there are another four employees hired elsewhere.

Today’s modern manufacturing involves a whole lot more than just an assembly line. Manufacturing careers are all about skills and plenty of different career opportunities exist within the industry. Depending on what sort of manufacturing career you’re interested in, the skills you’ll need can be acquired with a four-year degree or an industry certification, which can often be earned in two years or less. Engineers, machinists, researchers, welders, fabricators, designers, and sales professionals are all important parts of the puzzle. HR, computer programmers, and marketing careers are also plentiful. Depending on the company, the role can vary. Here a few career paths to consider in manufacturing:

Machine Operators: This role at Jessup requires the ability to manage complex machines to ensure specifications are followed accurately to mix chemical/adhesive solutions. You’ll also be verifying that the final product meets quality standards for the customer. From non-slip adhesives that are used for military and cruise ships, to safety stair treads put into businesses and nursing homes, and even photoluminescent emergency exit signs, it is important that you are detail oriented so you can record data accurately and execute on production specifications and work orders. Did you know many machine operators show the highest tenure in the private sector?

“At Jessup, we are a family. I love coming to work here every day. We all work together to help each other out. We are diversified in our training so when someone needs extra help, we can be there for each other.” Joe Tomaszewski, Packaging Department Associate, Jessup Manufacturing Company and 30+ year career in manufacturing

What's Manufacturing DayEngineering: A role as an engineer can offer a variety of interesting projects and career paths. At Jessup, our engineers are working hard to develop solutions for a wide range of industrial and commercial applications, including those that require customized solutions. Specializing in non-slip safety materials and manufacturing photoluminescent films and sheets, we are constantly working on innovative solutions for our customers. From creating adhesive coated suede and carpeting for automotive interiors, or photoluminescent tapes for life-saving industrial safety equipment, a day in the life of an engineer is always interesting.

Fast Fact: Manufacturers in the United States perform more than three-quarters of all private-sector research and development (R&D) in the nation, driving more innovation than any other sector.

Production Manager: As a production manager, you can expect to oversee things such as manufacturing, quality control, maintenance and process engineering. This is a multifaceted role involving managing the activities of the manufacturing plant and coordinating its functions with other departments. If you are a great motivator, enjoy a challenge, and something different daily then this could be a great career for you.

Maintenance Technician: A role as a maintenance technician means you are often responsible for performing preventative maintenance and repairs on all Jessup plant equipment and routine facilities maintenance. In this role you would maintain plant machinery and equipment following a standard preventive maintenance schedule in order to keep equipment functioning at maximum efficiency and reliability.

Fast Fact: In 2016, the average manufacturing worker in the United States earned $82,023 annually, including pay and benefits.

Chemist: In our state of the art laboratory, Jessup chemists are working hard alongside designers and engineers to develop our client’s products. Responsibilities include calculating, manufacturing, testing and analyzing new and existing formulations for products such as:

  • Adhesive coated films for replacing epoxy coatings in the marine industry
  • Transfer adhesives for mounting various materials
  • Pressure sensitive adhesives for digitally-printed wall coverings
  • Creating solutions to laminate flexible substrates, a particularly complicated conversion solution

“There few things more satisfying than giving someone the opportunity to create something useful out of raw materials.” Rick Brizek, Vice President Operations, Jessup Manufacturing Company

Did you know U.S. manufacturers are the most productive in the world? And with STEM jobs projected to grow by over 8.65 million in 2018 and more than 3.5 million manufacturing job openings expected in the next decade, it is great time to learn more about the different sectors of manufacturing. Since Manufacturing Day’s inception in 2012, the official number of events has grown over 1000%, engaging over 595,341 participants last year (including 267,607 students). The goal of Manufacturing Day is to not only make it clear the manufacturers need the next generation but inspire the next generation by showing how they can make a difference through a career in manufacturing and guiding them on how to take the first steps towards starting a career in modern manufacturing. By showing students, parents, and educators the opportunity, creativity, possibility, and accomplishment that can come with a career in manufacturing it is our hope that we can continue to grow U.S. manufacturing.

“Historically careers in manufacturing have been downplayed in this country. We need to start training the next generation to have skills that they can use in manufacturing so that they can have a great career. There are a lot of great jobs in manufacturing out there, including Jessup, which a young person can learn without incurring a large college debt.” Tim Pender, Production Manager, Jessup Manufacturing Company

Manufacturing Day occurs the first Friday in October- this year falling on October 5, 2018. It was created by the Founding Partner Fabricators and Manufacturers Association International and is now produced annually by the National Association of Manufacturers. By taking the day to address common misperceptions about manufacturing and giving manufacturers the opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is- and what it is not- it will help to ensure ongoing prosperity for the whole industry.

At Jessup, we are passionate about our manufacturing, not only because that is what we do, but also because the bulk of our customers are original equipment manufacturers themselves. We hope you will learn more about how you can get involved in Manufacturing Day and join us in celebrating on October 5th! Our employee, Bill Bruhn states it perfectly when he says:

“Manufacturing is the critical economic backbone of a city, state, and country. Manufacturing relies on product innovation and continuous process improvements. Manufacturing provides exciting employment opportunities and career advancements. Manufacturing is the place to be!” Bill Bruhn, Product Manager, Jessup Manufacturing Company

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