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With 2.7 million baby boomers expected to retire by 2025, this has created a surplus of openings within the manufacturing sector. This is the perfect opportunity for younger workers who have the drive to move up the ladder in this ever-evolving industry. 

Here are 3 tips for advancing your manufacturing career: 

Do the Work

It may sound obvious, but it’s key. Employees who put in the work and get results are the first to be promoted. The beautiful thing about manufacturing is that it’s sometimes easier to show your achievements since everything is tracked so closely. Whether it’s on-time shipping, customer returns, or product quality, show off your measurable accomplishments. 

Communicate Effectively 

Questions about your job, skills you’re interested in learning, ideas you have to streamline processes: these are all great opportunities to communicate with your supervisor. Disengagement in manufacturing employees is at an all-time high, and showing your supervisor that you’re engaged will do great things for your career. 

Help Others

Teamwork makes the dream work. One of the most admirable qualities of someone in any industry is the willingness to take on projects that go above and beyond your regular duties. It shows you’re committed to the job and company itself. Additionally, don’t sit around and wait for someone else to initiate a project. If you see something that needs to be done – jump in and offer to help. 

Manufacturing isn’t what it used to be. There are so many opportunities for growth, it’s mind-blowing. Whether you want to get into the tried-and-true areas of machining and assembling or want to branch out into engineering and testing, the first step is getting your foot in the door. 

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