Good pay. Great future.

Our area has hundreds of manufacturers that make parts for cars and trucks, boats, aircraft, medical devices and thousands of other things used around the world every day. At the same time, workers in the construction trades are busy building, equipping, and repairing homes and businesses. These hands-on jobs take skill and training, pay well, and help improve communities and the quality-of-life in northeast Indiana.

The careers in these industries involve a variety of skills, so there's a good chance you'll find a match with your particular strengths and interests. But one thing is certain: No matter what skilled, hands-on career path you choose, you will be entering fields that are more high-tech than ever before.

You could be operating robots, computer–controlled milling machines, or other sophisticated manufacturing equipment. You could be welding critical components to tight tolerances. Or, maybe you'll be keeping the machines running by specializing in industrial maintenance. You could even be building the factory or facility where all these jobs take place.

Most of these jobs require specialized knowledge--and they pay far better than unskilled positions, ensuring a good future for you and the entire community.

Retiring Workers, Job Growth Mean Nearly 34,000 Jobs are Waiting for You

Twenty-seven percent of people employed in Allen County’s manufacturing sector and 23% of people in construction are at or near retirement age, meaning your skills are needed to fill those positions.

The bottom line: There will be an estimated 33,894 Allen County job openings in production and construction in the next decade, according to an analysis by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

Manufacturing careers you may want to consider:

Automation/Robotics: Technicians in this field fulfill a variety of roles, including designing, programming, installing, maintaining, and troubleshooting robots and other automated manufacturing technologies. The demand for industrial robots has been increasing significantly, especially in the automotive manufacturing industry.

Welders on job site

Welders may work on a job site, in a factory or in a workshop.

Welding: Welders join metals or thermoplastics using heat or pressure or both.

There are many different kinds of welding and increasingly professionals are using amazing machinery and revolutionary technology, including electron beams and lasers. Welding requires a high degree of skill and knowledge of advanced technology.

Industrial Maintenance: These skills are in high demand, so there’s no problem finding a job just about anywhere in the country. Industrial maintenance technicians install, repair, and maintain machinery for manufacturers. They often need to know about welding, hydraulics, electricity, and mechanical fundamentals.

Tech at CNC panel

Computer-controlled machining allows for the utmost in precise production.

CNC (Computer Numerical Control) Precision Machining:
These jobs are also in high demand. CNC machinists make parts and components manufactured to precise dimensions using modern machinery controlled by computers. Precision machining means shaping large chunks of material into smaller, complicated parts so they can fit exactly where they are needed.

Skilled trades careers you may want to consider:

Carpenter cutting wood

Carpenters use a variety of tools and specialized skills every day.

Carpenter:  Carpenters are skilled craftsmen who work in the construction industry fabricating primarily wood constructions, from the entire framework of a building to ornate woodwork on stairs and trim.

Some carpenters pre-fabricate cabinets and other structures in shops or factories while others work on construction sites, cutting, joining and installing structural elements.

Carpenters are in great demand, particularly those skilled in what's called "finish carpentry." The U.S. Department of Labor predicts a long-term need for finish carpenters because, like other hands-on skills, the jobs can't be transferred overseas. They traditionally earn more than the average carpenter.

Plumber: A plumber is someone who installs and maintains pipes in our homes and businesses. These pipes need to be installed and maintained for drinking water, drainage, irrigation and sewage, as well as other uses. Plumbers can be involved in hands-on work or may work in a design capacity, drafting blueprints and helping make the installation process more efficient.

Electrician shapes conduit

A union electrician shapes conduit that will protect wiring yet to be installed.

Electrician: Electricians design, install, maintain, and troubleshoot electrical wiring systems.

The systems can be in homes, commercial or industrial buildings, and even in machines and large pieces of equipment.

Most electricians specialize in either designing, installing, maintaining and repairing the motors, equipment, and electrical systems of businesses and factories or installing, maintaining and repairing the electrical systems of residences.

HVAC Technician: Heating, air conditioning and refrigeration mechanics and installers—often referred to as HVAC technicians—work on heating, ventilation, cooling, and refrigeration systems that control the air quality in many types of buildings. They mostly work in residential homes, schools, hospitals, office buildings, or factories.

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The Quick Facts

Did You Know...Manufacturing is the second-largest-employing industry in Allen County with nearly 29,000 workers.
Did You Know...Average annual earnings (wages plus benefits) for manufacturing workers in Allen County is $76,226.
Did You Know...One in five jobs in Allen County is in either the manufacturing or construction industries.
Did You Know...In the next decade, it is estimated there will be 23,826 production job openings in Allen County and 10,068 job openings in construction.
Did You Know...Including benefits, the average annual earnings for construction workers in Allen County is $62,369.
Did You Know...In the skilled trades, plumbers, electricians, carpenters and sheet metal workers are among the top-employing occupations.