#MadeInCanada : Productive Jobs In Manufacturing
Ignore the gloomy news. There's still loads of decently paid jobs in Canada's manufacturing sector.
The death of Canadian manufacturing is #fakenews. Seems we only hear the grim side: reports of plant closings; good production jobs shipped overseas.
OK, so that part's true. What these obituaries fail to mention is employment growth. Manufacturing jobs went up by over 5% the past few years. More than 1.7 million people work in this $600 billion sector.
Assistant Production Manager
Producing stuff is what manufacturing does. Car parts. Cheese. Edible oil byproducts (coffee whitener!). Assistant Production Managers help oversee the process, usually in some kind of plant.
The job has lots of tentacles. It touches scheduling of people, maintenance of equipment, quality control, safety, and other imperatives. More often than not a related degree from college or university is asked for.
Schlepping raw materials. Putting items together as part of an assembly line. Feeding ingredients into mixers and grinders. Manually packing and lifting heavy containers. No degree necessary. An employer will train you for free. Night shifts might be available for night-owls.
Line Manager - Operations
Do you have management potential and teamwork is your jam? How about running an assembly line squad of lead hands and production staff. Plan and manage performance targets for the crew. Come up with continuous improvement ideas. Use those to increase quality and efficiency.
To qualify, have at least a few years of supervising in manufacturing. Secondary education in a technical discipline is a bonus. So is knowing about Lean Manufacturing, ISO certification, and other production standards.
Head honchos only need apply. You're accountable for the whole enchilada, from operations to customer service. Besides everyday issues of churning out products, strategic and financial planning fall at your feet too.
You set the overall goals. That means scrounging and poring over budget, operations, purchasing trend, and HR info. Stay profitable, and this role could pay six figures. Antacids suggested.
Everything in manufacturing runs on a timetable. Bring in raw inputs just in time. Schedule output to meet customer and inventory level demands. Miss a deadline, havoc breaks loose.
Hour by hour production, line changes, and equipment maintenance downtime have to run like clockwork. It's lots of responsibility. Occasionally the job may not require more than a high school diploma, even though it counts on CMS/MRP systems and software.
Quality Control Inspector
This job's the detective in a manufacturing facility. Eyeballs pealed for defects. Hawkishly was searching for clues to what went wrong. No defective product leaves the plant on their watch.
Better have a sharp vision (for optical and dimensional inspections). Perform ultrasonic and magnetic imaging checks. Use a delicate touch to conduct non-destructive tests. Come with post-secondary technical education. Detail focused peeps excel.