About This Cluster

Jobs in the manufacturing career cluster involve planning, managing, and performing the processing of materials into intermediate or final products and related professional and technical support activities, such as production planning and control, maintenance process engineering.

The regular responsibilities of someone in the manufacturing sector would include a typical inside environment. Often, depending on the process, a person would be standing working on their product. Computer skills are often required as more and more jobs require digital tracking of production sequence.

Here is a description of someone in manufacturing:Test products or subassemblies for functionality or quality. Troubleshoot problems it equipment, devices, or products. Build product subassemblies or final assemblies. Monitor and adjust production processes or equipment for quality and productivity. Set up and operate production equipment in accordance with current good manufacturing practices and standard operating procedures. Assist engineers in developing, building, or testing prototypes or new products, processes, or procedures. Build packaging for finished products.

Skills and Interests

  1. Helpful skills of the manufacturing sector would be a detailed oriented personality. Many manufacturers are risk averse, so being able to follow complex process and instructions is also very helpful.
  2. The prevalence of computer-controlled machinery- managed by systems like job shop manufacturing demands manufacturing workers that possess a combination of math skills, intuition, stamina, and sometimes a college degree. Any high tech skill will setup to help someone enter the field of manufacturing and enable them to be on the higher salary side.


Northern New York Community Foundation Scholarships

Since 1980, the Foundation has awarded more than $14.5 million dollars in scholarships to students of Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties. The Northern New York Community Foundation annually awards scholarships to

  • high school seniors for their freshman year in college or technical school (Full-time enrollment required – this is a one year award.)
  • and non-traditional students for any year in college or technical school. (Part-time and full-time enrollment available) Applicants must reside in Jefferson, Lewis or St. Lawrence counties – applicants may re-apply each year.
  • High school juniors who will be studying STEM related careers (available ONLY to high school juniors in St. Lawrence County – this is a one year award.)

Application packets are available in February each year, and can be downloaded at that time as a PDF (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader ). Application packets will also be available through high school guidance counselors or at the Community Foundation office. Completed packets must be returned to the Foundation by April 1, by mail or hand delivered. They may not be submitted by e-mail.

  • A complete listing of all scholarships offered by the Foundation is available here. Applications can be found here.
  • All applications must be returned to NNYCF, or postmarked by April 15,2018
  • Applications are to be submitted to the NNYCF office as a packet. Please refer to the cover page of the application for "packet" requirements.
  • NNYCF offer non-traditional scholarships to students in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence Counties. However, non-traditional students are individuals who have had a break in their academic studies, or are forced to change careers and are returning to college to pursue and additional degree. High school seniors should NOT be completing a non-traditional application. The application deadline for non-traditional students is June 1, 2018


Local High School Programs/Classes: Carthage Central Robotics, Lyme or Thousand Islands require Job Shadowing. There is Project Lead The Way offered at several high schools through RIT. This is a pre-engineering program.

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The National Bureau of Labor statistics reports that the average hourly earnings for a individual in the manufacturing industry is $25.41 per hour and $40,490 annually. Wages are different for each of the different trades; in general, the more technical positions or positions that require more skills have higher wages. • Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing o Average Hourly Mean (2014): $24.15 • Wood Product Manufacturing o Average Hourly Mean (2014): $17.41 • Primary Metal Manufacturing o Average Hourly Mean (2014): $20.18 • Source: National Bureau of Labor Statistics.


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