More than 730,000 Michigan workers employed in LIFT related occupations
DETROIT – Advanced manufacturing employment in Michigan reached new heights in 2018 with more than 730,000 workers employed, its highest level since before the recession. This according to a new report from Detroit-based LIFT—Lightweight Innovations For Tomorrow, a Manufacturing USA institute.
Employment in lightweighting-related occupations continued its upward trend in 2018, with employer demand growing by 14 percent between Q2 and Q3 2018, with 63,940 job postings. This level of demand is more than double the Q1 2012 level of 27,875 postings.
The quarterly reports, highlighting employment trends, top jobs, and required skills in advanced manufacturing through Q3 2018, are completed with research and analysis from the Workforce Intelligence Network of Southeast Michigan (WIN) and Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee, a region that’s home to more than 50 percent of the metalworking jobs in the country.
“As demand for advanced manufacturing jobs continues to climb, the need for talent development in Michigan and the rest of our nation is imperative,” said Emily DeRocco, vice president education and workforce, LIFT. “Developing new ways to address these workforce needs by engaging both industry and academia will be the key to our country’s long term economic prosperity.”
The top in-demand lightweighting-related occupations in Michigan in Q3 2018 included: Industrial Engineers (7,188), Maintenance and Repair Workers (6,970), Mechanical Engineers (5,906), First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers (5,203) and Electrical Engineers (2,787)
LIFT, operated by the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute (ALMMII) and one of the founding Manufacturing USA institutes, is a public-private partnership dedicated to developing and deploying advanced lightweight metal manufacturing technologies, and implementing education and training programs to better prepare the workforce today and in the future.
The full Michigan report can be viewed at: http://lift.technology/education-workforce-development/.