By Mary Smith, communications staff
Did you know that advanced manufacturing jobs are expected to increase 25 percent in Macomb County over the next few years?That’s according to the county’s office of Planning and Economic Development, and they have the research and data to back it up This means Manufacturing is making a comeback, and there are jobs available in tool and die making, machining, mechanical engineering, robotics, welding and computer numerical control, to name a few. This is great news for our County!
It’s also good news for r Macomb students like Tessa Lau,“I wanted to do something I love every day, and I wanted it be creative. I had done some metal fabricating when I helped a friend build a food cart, and I really liked it,” says Lau, who changed her major from general studies to welding this fall. “It looks like a really interesting career. I’m hoping to get an apprenticeship.”
It’s a safe bet that apprenticeships, which bridge the gap between school and career, will share the spotlight with employment opportunities at the free Explore Careers in Manufacturing event on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 5:30 to 8 p.m., at Macomb’s Sports and Expo Center on South Campus. Held in conjunction with the college’s Auto STEAM Days, Dec. 4 and 5, which is attended by thousands of middle and high school students, the evening event is also open to their parents, family members and anyone interested in learning more about the hot jobs in today’s manufacturing industry. There will be plenty of interactive exhibits, including those in clay modeling, robotics, virtual welding and traffic light programming, as well as the opportunity to hear from industry insiders about the job skills that are in high demand today – and are expected to be tomorrow.
There will also be a car show, free refreshments and the chance to win a laptop computer. If you like high-tech gadgets and cars, you won’t want to miss this event! Register now at www.macomb.edu/mfgevening and be prepared to be amazed at what 21st century manufacturing has to offer. Maybe end with a personal note like – I may just have to attend, in the event that I ever decide to make a career change!