Skip to comments.Nine months in trade school. Job guaranteed.
Posted on 03/18/2012 8:37:41 AM PDT by RoosterRedux
As millions of young Americans struggle to land jobs, students in manufacturing trade schools are sitting in a sweet spot. They're being hired even before they graduate.
Two weeks ago, students from the manufacturing program in Chicago's Wilbur Wright-Humboldt Park vocational college attended a local job fair.
"Five of our students were hired in just one day," said lead instructor Bryant Redd. The new hires are from a class of 41 students who are still four months away from completing a nine-month advanced certification program in computerized numerical control (CNC) machining. In the program, students go beyond basic machining with classes in computer design, machine shop technology and machine shop math.
Manufacturers in the Chicago area are busier than ever lately, and they're "begging" for more workers trained in advanced manufacturing skills like CNC machining, said Redd.
It's not just in Chicago. Factory work has picked up considerably nationwide, making skilled workers a valuable commodity, said Marc Smierciak, associate dean of instruction at the vocational college.
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Not picked up dummy, baby boomers that can afford too are retiring.
"It's not just in Chicago. Factory work has picked up considerably nationwide, making skilled workers a valuable commodity...
I can believe this, because they're learning employable skills that can help a company make a profit.
As opposed to those liberal arts degrees that college students are getting to debt for $80,000+ for.
3 to six months, most community colleges and engineering schools have training available. Also depends on how good you are at math.
"Sadly, have to move to CHICAGO?"
There has been a shortage of certified welders for years. The economic downturn and reduction in commercial construction have lessened the impact of the shortage, but there is still a shortage.
While some locations may have limited opportunities, there are other locations which have extreme shortages.
You do not necessarily have to move. Many welders travel to construction jobs at their employer's expense. My brother in law is a certified welder. He lives in the middle of nowhere and travels to construction sites in major cities in the U.S. and Canada.
If you do consider moving, consider the oil patches of North Dakota or Texas.
We had something in NYC called trade schools. You went there as an alternative to high school.
More than that.
The smart ones do.
I’m not “blue collar” by any means, but I sure know the value of LinkedIn. It’s an invaluable tool. I’m in the supercomputing field (high performance computing, aka HPC). I’m connected to nearly 1000 heavy-hitters in the HPC arena on LinkedIn. Unbelievable the folks I’m directly connected to and can readily communicate directly with due to that site.
OTOH, I was watching my local access TV station the other day and the hot new activity in the local high school is robotics. They robotics club/team is going to CA for a competition (we are in GA).
They are looking for welders in the Marcellus Shale areas in PA for sure.
You’re both correct, but it is even more than that.
When I was growing up, like most kids in the neighborhood, my Dad did most of the upkeep around the house himself out of financial necessity. We needed a large tool shed for the back yard, we built one. Another light and switch in the hallway, we installed one. By time I left home at 18, I don’t think I could build a house from scratch, but there was very little about the process that I didn’t know something about.
Now days, with so many single households and the like, young men get almost NO experience with their hands, or how to repair anything. A neighbor near us (less than half my age) got burned terribly by some “home improvement” company. When he told me the story, my first thought was - how could you be so stupid, I knew better than that when I was ten years old. But I said nothing because how little he knows is not unusual, and just a sad fact of modern life.
Best of luck. There are so great areas around Chicago. I have family in Lincolnshire and Arlington Heights. Two pretty nice areas.
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This actually might be of interest to homeschoolers. I know many homeschoolers try to decide what to do about high school. This sort of an idea could be something to work from.
I’m looking at going back to school to pick up something else. CNC is something I will look into. Other ideas are electronics maintenance/repair and industrial robotics.
Well supercomputing engineers are by definition “the smart ones”.
Seems there is a squeeze going on here. The value of the work needing to be done apparently isn’t worth the expense of training someone to do it. And where it is there’s no guarantee the company will be the beneficiary of the cost since the employee is free to go work for a higher bidder. And the manufacturers don’t want to offer long term contracts for these guys because business might require them to lay them off at any time.
Big problems mean big opportunities for someone clever enough to solve them.
I spent a couple of weeks with some relatives of friends in Arlingeton Heights back in the mid 80s when I was a teen. I really enjoyed the time there.
And you should see the fees our current HOA pays the guy who picks up the dog crap in our community. He's putting himself through college on what he's earning by picking up after the college graduate students who refuse to pick up after their own dogs. We have a ton of grad students living around here, they all have dogs, and they all think someone else should pick up after them.
It's all about your attitude and energy level. Making lemonade out of lemons.
And yes, I DO KNOW what I'm talking about. I was a "certified" welder before I became a pipefitter and I currently carry 8 welding certs for pipe welding.