Manufacturing plants and factories need more than just people who work on a production line. From office support staff to mechanics, and designers to fabricators, today’s jobs in manufacturing include roles you may not have thought of while job hunting.
From small, family-owned shops to large corporations, there are hundreds of jobs and work environments in manufacturing.jobs in assembly, fabrication, production, engineering, maintenance, logistics, management, administration, metalworking, tool and die making, painting, operations, quality control, processing and more.
*The total new jobs number represents new jobs from sector growth as well as replacement openings due to retirements by 2025.
Manufacturing | Where technology meets practicality, and opportunity.
Even if you have zero interest in working on an assembly line, there are many different reasons that could make manufacturing your perfect career fit.
VARIETY & DIVERSITY
With local manufacturers making everything from airplane parts to organic soup, you can choose not only your environment but also the types products that you’d help create.
TRAINING & EDUCATION
Cutting edge technology is important in manufacturing, so on the job training and employer support of outside training is typical.
“Promotion” is Manufacturing’s middle name. Many employers like to get workers in on the ground level and train them into management positions in short amounts of time.
WORK THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE
From medical equipment that literally saves lives to specialty food items and critical transportation equipment, manufacturing makes a difference in your community and your day-to-day life.
Who Shines in Manufacturing?
Manufacturing employers are looking for people who are creative and curious and who might not have loved school, but who did love taking apart their parent’s radio or even helping fix the family car or tractor as a kid. Maybe they didn’t have the right tools for the job, but in the end they always managed to rig something together, alone or with a team, to get it done. When a manufacturing employer finds workers like that, they help teach additional skills in-house.
Explore the Variety of Jobs in Manufacturing
There are approximately 425 occupations listed in Advanced Manufacturing. Explore some of them here.
Click on the images below to learn more about each job.
Learn more about manufacturing with this quick and easy self-guided overview e-Learning course. Simply follow the prompts to explore whether or not you would be a good fit for a job in this exciting and ever-changing industry.
Get a look at a day in the life of some manufacturing industry employees:
WHAT IS MADE HERE, BY WHO?
From soup to semiconducters, thousands of products are manufactured locally every day. Use our interactive product maps to learn more about local companies, what they make, and how to join the team!
Learn more about just a few of the thousands of products that local companies produce for customers in the Pacific Northwest, the US and abroad. Many of these manufacturers are looking for motivated employees to join the team! Find links to their employment pages within pop-up boxes, and start your path to a career in manufacturing today!
The following manufacturers and organizations collaborated to develop this website and associated materials in an effort to share the many opportunities and benefits found in manufacturing. Take a moment to learn about these businesses, the work they do and how to join the team!
204 S.E. Stonemill Drive, | Vancouver, WA, 98684
506 High Street | Oregon City, OR, 97045
19421 SE Stark St. | Portland , OR , 97233
30 N. Webster Street, Ste. | Portland, OR , 97217
241 SW Edgeway Drive | Beaverton, OR, 97006
7995 SW Mohawk St. | Tualatin, OR , 97662
305 S. Pacific Ave. | Kelso, WA, 98626
7915 SE Foster Rd. | Portland, OR, 97206