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We are passionate about shaping the next generation of manufacturing professionals in Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana

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Our Mission

We educate high school students on career opportunities available in manufacturing while sparking a passion for the industry! We are committed to diversifying the field’s workforce by empowering students of all backgrounds, offering resources, and developing skills that are essential to career growth.

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Path in Life

Learn about in-demand career pathways from industry leaders
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Rewarding Future

We introduce career worthy fields that provide room for growth
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Experience a variety of industries through tours, co-ops & more
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Exploring Careers In Manufacturing

The manufacturing industry has so many career paths to explore, with options to work with advanced technology to jobs that are heavy in design. Some of the key characteristics of careers in the field include being hands on and frequently experimenting with new methods and technologies. People often enter the industry because they have an interest in high-tech projects like 3D printing or utilizing AI. Careers in manufacturing offer competitive pay and continue to see high demand due to quick advancements in technology. Some common manufacturing careers include:

Manufacturing Engineer

Engineers are responsible for designing and improving processes. They often optimize the work that happens on machines or production lines for things such as cars or computers. If you’re considering this career, you’ll probably want to be a good problem solver and enjoy critical thinking.
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CAD Technician

Do you have any experience with digital design? If so, you may be interested in becoming a CAD technician. In this position, people create floor plans, designs, and blueprints for parts, buildings, products, and more.
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Quality Assurance Technician

Quality is the key to every kind of manufacturing. This role is responsible for carrying out inspections to make sure that any product coming off the production line meets specified standards. Attention to detail is crucial in this position!
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Environmental Engineer

If you are passionate about sustainability, this could be a perfect career for you. These engineers are in charge of developing ways to reduce waste and ensuring the practices in their industry don’t harm the environment.
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Manufacturing Skills for a Successful Career

Manufacturing can seem like an intimidating industry, but it truly has options for a wide range of interests and skills! If you aren't sure if you're a great fit for a manufacturing career, see if you match any of the following skills that are highly sought after in the industry:

If you're considering your future career, the manufacturing industry has a lot to offer.

 It’s perfect for all kinds of skills, whether you’re into tech, solving problems, working on a team, or adapting quickly to changes. If you pay attention to details or like a fast-paced environment, there’s probably a place for you in manufacturing!

Youth Programs

We introduce students to exciting career pathways in supply chain, manufacturing, construction, and healthcare. Learn more about each of our focus industries and their opportunities today!

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Lunch & Learns

Enjoy lunch while gaining insight and knowledge through presentations by industry experts.
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Business Partner Tours & Job Shadows

Step into the industry operations with tours and hands-on job shadows at leading companies, offering an immersive learning experience.
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Inspire to Hire Events

Junior Achievement
Inspire to Hire Events

Connect with professionals and discover diverse career paths at our Junior Achievement Inspire to Hire Event.
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Co-op/Internship Opportunities

Begin your career journey with real-world experience through co-op and internship opportunities with local business partners.
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Our Sponsors

Our partners not only provide monetary donations and support to make our services and programs free for all, but they also provide an array of opportunities for our members including info sessions, facility tours, co-ops or internships, and full-time positions.

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Manufacturing OKI and Career Aspirations introduces students to exciting career pathways in supply chain, manufacturing, construction, and healthcare. Learn more about each of our focus industries and their opportunities today!

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