iExplore Manufacturing Careers

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The world we live in is designed and built by manufacturing professionals!

Manufacturing is critical to most industries - from welding to CNC machine operators to robotic engineers to quality inspectors and more.

And the jobs are there for those with the right training and the drive to make it!

iExplore is here to help you learn more about some of the most in-demand jobs in manufacturing in south-central Pennsylvania and Maryland. If you love working with your hands - or with a computer - a career in manufacturing can help you make it BIG!

  • "I got into the engineering profession mainly because when I was growing up I always liked designing and building things. I wanted to figure out how things work and be one of those responsible for designing new things."
  • "Leaving high school I didn't know what I wanted to do, but I did enjoy math and science. So in college I focused my degrees in physics and engineering. I was offered a job at a high-tech company."
  • "I got hired in the welding field right out of vo-tech. It's a great field. I couldn't imagine doing anything else with my life. I make a very good living."

The best place to start when considering a manufacturing career is to understand the types of jobs that are available.

iExplore is focusing on 10 of the most in-demand manufacturing jobs in the greater south-central PA region.

Explore each job using the links below.

Welder/Weld Engineer/Weld Inspector
Environmental Engineer
CNC Machinist
CNC Programmer
Maintenance Technician
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer
Quality Assurance Technician
Computer Aided Design (CAD) Operator
Industrial Machine Operator
Skilled Assembler

Another important aspect is understanding the education requirements for the job you're interested in. Some manufacturing jobs require only a high school diploma or GED with on-the-job training - while other jobs would need a 2- or 4-year college degree or possibly additional post-graduate education.

Download this document for an accurate picture of education requirements for a variety of manufacturing jobs.

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Many south-central PA manufacturing jobs can be quite lucrative over a lifetime. Interested in learning how you might make a million? Let us show you some math.

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