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.



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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