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Why Not You in Manufacturing?

Manufacturing is the process of transforming materials or components into finished products. Every physical product that you buy in a store or online is manufactured somewhere. You might be surprised to learn how many roles are at play in making these products, and that the industry provides highly-skilled positions with competitive wages. The videos below will show you what some of these careers look like to help you decide if a career in manufacturing could be right for you!


Concurrent Technologies Corporation

Corle Building Systems

Elliott Group


Highland Tank & Manufacturing Company

JV Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Johnson Matthey

Martin-Baker America

North American Hoganas

Oil Service Inc.

Penn United Technologies

Perryman Company

Progeny Systems

Shell Corporation

Siemens Energy​​

After watching these videos, has your awareness of manufacturing increased or stayed the same?


Welding is a manufacturing process usually used to join two metal parts together. This process is done by melting the two workpieces and adding filler material. When this molten material cools down, it becomes a strong joint. Jordan and Kenton will share more about being a welder.

* The median pay for welders is $42,490 per year/$20.43 per hour.

For more information about Highland Tank, click here.


Machining is the process of cutting, shaping or removing material from a workpiece using a machine tool. Tool and die makers are a class of machinists who set up and operate machine tools to produce precision metal parts, instruments and tools. Learn about Courtney's job as a press operator.

* The median pay for machinists/tool and die makers is $45,750 per year/$21.99 per hour.

For more information about JV Manufacturing, click here.

Advanced Manufacturing/Engineering

Advanced manufacturing is the use of innovative technologies to create new and existing products. Advances manufacturing can include production activities that depend on information, automation, computation, software, sensing and networking. John will tell you more about his work as a PEM (Precise Electro Chemical Machining) engineer.

* The median pay for mechanical engineers is $88,430 per year/$42.51 per hour.

For more information about JV Manufacturing, click here.


Manufacturing companies use stockrooms to store materials i production and finished products. The attendants and workers who work in stockrooms manage the inventory and deliver materials to the store or production floor. Learn how you can be part of the manufacturing process at Martin-Baker right out of high school.

* The median pay for stock/material movers is $28,710 per year/$13.80 per hour.

For more information about Martin-Baker America, click here.


Manufacturing logistics involves the management and optimization of storage processes, as well as the movement to and from a production center. Learn more about Chris's job as a production unit manager for logistics.

* The median pay for production managers is $105,480 per year/$50.71 per hour.

For more information about Shell Polymers, click here.


Manufacturing engineering focuses on finding and using the equipment and resources needed to turn raw materials into a finished (discrete) product in the most efficient way possible. Branden will tell you more about becoming an engineer in manufacturing.

* The median pay for mechanical engineers is $88,430 per year/$42.51 per hour.

For more information about Enterprise Ventures Corporation, click here.


Manufacturing safety is important to prevent or lessen the risk of workplace injury. Find out more about what Jerry's job as a safety manager looks like and how it fits into the industry.

* The median pay for safety specialists is $70,480 per year/$33.88 per hour.

For more information about North American Höganäs, click here.

Information Technology

Information technology (IT) is the use of an computers, storage, networking and other physical devices, infrastructure and processes to create, process, store, secure and exchange all forms of electronic data. Find out more about how Bill applies IT to working in manufacturing.

* To learn more about the pay scale for careers in IT, click here.

For more information about Riggs Industries, click here.


Manufacturing operations is where people, processes and equipment come together to add value to the goods and matirials produced. As director of operations, Michael oversees this collaboration.

* The mean pay estimate for operations managers is $123,030 per year/$59.15 per hour.

For more information about J&J Truck Bodies & Trailers, click here.

Manufacturing in Pennsylvania

Manufacturers in Pennsylvania account for 11.89% of the total output in the state, employing 9.33% of the workforce. Total output from manufacturing was $93.75 billion in 2018. In addition, there were an average of 565,000 manufacturing employees in Pennsylvania in 2019, with an average annual compensation of $75,947.97 in 2018.

* Salary/wage information as cited from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook

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