Get certified and prove you’re prepared for the job.

Manufacturing and the skilled trades employ thousands of workers in northeast Indiana and on average the jobs pay a lot more than most other places you might work.

That means a great future for you – if you’re trained, skilled and prepared.

Earning industry certification gives you a stamp of approval. It shows employers you have the knowledge and skills necessary for success in a particular area of employment. It also tells employers you take career development seriously.

Although there will likely be many job opportunities for general manufacturing and construction trades workers in the foreseeable future, you qualify for the best jobs by earning a certificate. And you can often accomplish that while still in high school.

Some certifications can be earned in a year or less and you can be sure they will be highly valued by employers. Many certification programs have different levels of achievement. The more you learn, the higher you climb on the certification ladder – and the more valuable you become to employers. That means more responsibility, more respect and more pay.

Certifications awarded by national trade organizations are recognized anywhere. That’s cool, because the training and education you receive can help you qualify for jobs wherever you choose to work.

Some students at the FWCS Career Academy at Anthis graduate with an American Welding Society (AWS) certification. Many step directly into good-paying jobs with local employers.


The Quick Facts

Did You Know...Manufacturing is the largest employment sector in northeast Indiana with more than 84,000 jobs.
Did You Know...Manufacturing earnings in northeast Indiana are roughly $18,000 more a year than the region’s overall average.
Did You Know...Including benefits, the average annual earnings in manufacturing is $68,310 in northeast Indiana.
Did You Know...One of every 4.6 jobs in northeast Indiana is in manufacturing. Statewide, Indiana employs a larger percentage of people in manufacturing than any other state.
Did You Know...Demand for manufacturing and skilled trades workers is expected to be strong through the next decade.
Did You Know...Including benefits, the average annual earnings in the construction trades is $54,848 in northeast Indiana.
Did You Know...In the skilled trades, plumbers, electricians, carpenters and sheet metal workers are among the top-employing occupations.