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Technical Training Key To Successful Manufacturing Careers

El Centro, California (NAPSI) - Good news for people concerned about employment in America  today: Well-paying jobs in the manufacturing sector actually, more than  600,000 of them—are waiting for workers who have been properly trained.

That’s why now may be the time to take a second look at a career in  manufacturing.

Why are so many skilled labor jobs unfilled? Part of it has to do with  perception. Many people, especially young people, think a career in  manufacturing involves working in noisy, dirty surroundings in a job that  gathers little respect and less attention. Those stereotypes may have been  more accurate decades ago, but are really not today.

Manufacturing plants and facilities are now highly automated, and it takes  a great deal of training and knowledge to operate the machinery and  equipment. People can’t simply walk in off the street and get those  jobs.

As high school students think about plans following graduation, a career  in a skilled labor field isn’t top of mind with most. In fact, a recent  poll found that while 70 percent of Americans think manufacturing is the most  important industry as far as effect on the national economy goes, only 30  percent say they’d encourage their children to pursue a manufacturing  career.

While conventional four-year college programs are a good fit for some,  many students would thrive in a technical education program if given the  chance. Often in only two years, a young man or woman can get a technical  degree, start working a meaningful job that offers career advancement, and  make a decent living doing so. The average hourly wage for manufacturing jobs  is about $24, according to

The private sector is doing its part to encourage manufacturing careers.  Many technical schools and community colleges are partnering with Snap-on  Incorporated to teach specific disciplines designed to give students added  skills to make them more employable. The company is a leading manufacturer of  tools, equipment and diagnostics for the transportation, aviation, aerospace  and manufacturing sectors, and has developed certification programs for  students to receive extra training in certain technical disciplines.

The goal of the Snap-on certifications is not to teach how machinery  operates or how an aircraft flies, but rather, to show students the proper  and best way to use specific tools and equipment to become more productive in  their jobs.

Most Snap-on certification courses comprise 16 hours of instruction and  are blended into the school’s existing technical course program. More  than 100 technical schools across the country offer certifications as part of  their curriculum. To facilitate the certifications in the partnering schools,  Snap-on works with the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3), an  organization that validates and oversees the certification assessment  standards.

For more information on the certification program or to see a list of participating  schools, visit