Manufacturing in Ohio has seen massive growth and will continue to strengthen in the upcoming years. According to The Columbus Dispatch, 54,000 manufacturing jobs have been added in the state of Ohio in the past four years. This figure signals a sense of confidence in manufacturing and will positively impact the state’s economy. The U.S. Bank’s Regional Investment Director Jim Russell states that 17 percent of Ohio’s economy is powered by manufacturing, while the U.S. represents only 12.5 percent of manufacturing.
Due to the increasing confidence and interest in manufacturing from workers and hiring managers, there are various government initiatives to promote employment in the manufacturing field. The Ohio Tax Credit Authority recently approved a number of projects based on tax credits to create thousands of manufacturing jobs in the state of Ohio. According to the Dayton Business Journal, a new auto glass factory is set to open in Ohio that will create approximately 800 new jobs, making up for some lost jobs in the auto industry.
The Cleveland Clinic is also aiding the future of technological employment. According to Qmed, the Cleveland Clinic is responsible for many projects that better the lives of their patients through biomedical engineering, cancer biology, the neurosciences, and other specific areas. The clinic also offers continuing education courses to encourage further development and advancement so that students can learn the proper skills needed for their specific technological field.
Various government initiatives are ongoing nationwide to promote education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM. This education policy is at the forefront when preparing students with the proper skills for a successful career in a manufacturing field. Ohio has their own initiative called Ohio Stem Learning Network that assists in starting up STEM focused schools and programs.
To encourage and promote education and proper skills in manufacturing, Hammill Medical offers a competitive apprenticeship program that has been in place since 1955. The 6,000 hour program is an excellent opportunity for talented individuals to learn in the classroom and on the shop floor. At the end of the program, students will have a thorough education in CNC machining and come away with a journeyman’s card. We will continue to do our part in educating students and promoting manufacturing jobs throughout Ohio.