Consider the big picture. The U.S. manufacturing industry produces
$1.6 trillion of value every year or 11.5 percent of the Gross Domestic Product. This is a huge industry with lots of opportunity.
Consider your career goals. U.S. manufacturing is made up of mostly small- and medium-sized firms. This is an industry that embraces entrepreneurship, meaning business ownership for those willing to learn, take risk and put in the effort. That could be you.
Consider your personal earning potential. In 2008, the average U.S. manufacturing employee earned $71,623 annually, including pay and benefits. The average non-manufacturing worker earned $57,064 annually.
At the Center for Manufacturing Excellence (CME), you will work in co-ops and internships as you learn how to develop, design and manufacture products and learn the business and accountancy skills needed to create and run your own business.
You will leave the CME having mastered both the art and science of modern manufacturing. You will be prepared to take on a leadership role in this industry, to recognize opportunities for innovation and to make money for you, your family and your business.
“Individuals who choose a manufacturing career today will have a direct impact on our country’s economic and national security as we compete in an ever-changing global marketplace. With the quality and value of manufacturing jobs today, these individuals will also be ensuring financial security for themselves and their families.” Emily Stover DeRocco, President, The Manufacturing Institute