STEM Expo promotes manufacturing as a good career choice

STEM Expo promotes manufacturing as a good career choice

(Republican American, 10/29/17)

Our 2017 issue of Manufacturing Today, published in this newspaper this past Sunday, notes that Connecticut is home to more than 4,000 manufacturing firms that employ nearly 160,000 workers.

That’s nearly 10 percent of our state’s nonfarm jobs. Now consider that three of the state’s biggest manufacturers – Electric Boat, Pratt & Whitney, and Sikorsky – are all increasing production and, combined, seeking to hire thousands of workers. Someone will have to fill those jobs, and, as we noted in our guide, the statewide average for starting salaries in manufacturing range from $29,000 to $66,000 per year.

If you still think the only way to achieve a good-paying, rewarding career is by getting a college degree, you’re wrong. From Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) machining to additive manufacturing (also known as 3D printing), there are many worthwhile, challenging and exciting career opportunities for those willing to train for them.

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