Advanced Manufacturing

This isn’t the production line technology of your grandparents or your parents – these are cutting-edge careers using 3-D models, computer simulations, software development and more.

Possible career paths include:

Rebekka Neumann

Advanced manufacturing careers mean success:
Rebekka Neumann, Mechatronics Apprentice

Rebekka Neumann liked to take things apart and rebuild them from an early age. But it wasn’t until she joined her high school’s robotics team that she really knew she’d make a career in the manufacturing field.

Now she’s part of the first class of the Michigan Advanced Technician Training (MAT²) Program graduates. MAT² engages students in high-tech fields such as mechatronics and computer numerical controlled manufacturing, while working at a sponsoring company. Rebekka graduated without any tuition debt as her employer paid her to work and go to school. She graduated with an Associates of Applied Science as well as other certifications.

Rebekka is now working full time for EMAG LLC in Farmington Hills, a builder of machine tools. As part of her MAT² training, she mastered a combination of electrical, mechanical, and electronic skills used to identify, analyze, and solve systems-based problems. Rebekka was named by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers as one of “30 under 30” Rising Stars of Manufacturing.


Did You Know Michigan leads the nation with almost 120,000 new manufacturing jobs since 2009?

Manufacturers in Michigan employ more than 555,000 workers, with an average annual compensation of $79,021 in 2013?

Known as the nation's automotive capital, Michigan is home to 24 percent of the total U.S. auto industry workforce?


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Michigan Manufacturers Association
Promoting and educating the public on the important role manufacturers play in local communities and across the global economy.

Jackson Area Manufacturers Association (JAMA)
Helping to improve the manufacturing climate of south-central Michigan as a leading provider of technology information, training, workforce and economic development support services, and issue advocacy at the local, state and federal levels.

Kalamazoo Advanced Manufacturing Career Consortium
With the lack of qualified candidates to fill entry-level, technician-level and engineering job openings in Southwest Michigan, the Advanced Manufacturing Career Consortium formed in 2011. The consortium focuses on three strategic areas to address the skilled labor shortage – recruitment, screening and training.

Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) (Grand Rapids)
A collaboration between West Michigan manufacturers, students, Michigan Works! Region 4 and Grand Rapids Community College to address the talent shortage the region is experiencing.

JAC3 E/MC
Creates a skilled trades pathway for Jackson County high school students.

MAT2 - Mechatronics Technician
The Michigan Advanced Technician Training Program (MAT²) provides students a three-year career pathway to success as they alternate between classroom training and on the job, paid work experience.

MAT2 - CNC Manufacturing Technician
The Michigan Advanced Technician Training Program (MAT²) provides students a three-year career pathway to success as they alternate between classroom training and on the job, paid work experience.

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