Careers in manufacturing are in high supply these days, yet demand is falling short, leaving many manufacturers struggling to fill positions. One potential reason candidates shy away from manufacturing is the misconception that production facilities are stuck in the past. At Leddy Group, we send our recruiting staff out for site visits so they can give our candidates first-hand knowledge of what an organization is like on the inside. We polled three of our employees—Regional Vice Presidents Becky Fecteau and Kristen Gauthier and Regional Vice President in Training Daynia Langlois—to see if their perceptions have changed since they took their first tour, and we think you’ll see that manufacturing facilities have come a long way over the past 20 years and are worthy of a second look.
1. They are clean and organized
Kristen Gauthier: What stands out to me is that manufacturing facilities are no longer long rows of conveyor belts and slow-moving production lines. They are filled with high-tech machinery and streamlined processes. You would also be surprised how clean most of these facilities are! Prior to working at Leddy Group, I always pictured kind of that typical black and white photo, where you have one or two workers covered in dirt standing along a conveyor belt. That could not be further from the truth; they are typically very clean, neat and organized.
2. They are safety-focused
Daynia Langlois: I was nervous I would be in the way or not know what protective equipment to use or how to use it correctly. I found that it was quite the opposite. There were signs everywhere telling you what protective equipment needed to be worn in what part of the plant.
3. They use advanced technology
Becky Fecteau: I believe there is still the belief that all manufacturing companies are for the unskilled laborers of the world. This is so far from the truth and I have learned that there are facilities that are as clean as hospitals and require advanced computer skills and technical skills that are only gained through experience and education.
4. They are progressive and innovative
Daynia Langlois: I had envisioned a hot, dark work environment. However, many offer delightful outdoor spots to have lunch in the warmer weather and very nice break rooms for the colder months. Some even had iPads their employees could use, game tables, computers to check email, snacks that are brought in by the company, etc.
Becky Fecteau: Every facility is different and over the last 9 years at Leddy Group, I have personally seen the progress that manufacturing has made with modernization of facilities and focus of bringing these skill sets and training back to our education systems. We have some remarkable education systems that are ahead of the curve in promoting manufacturing careers in our area including the local high schools, Great Bay Community College, and UNH.
5. Manufacturing is here to stay
There’s no denying that manufacturing is a hot industry right now. In New Hampshire alone, manufacturers employ 10.1 percent of the workforce, with an average annual compensation of $78,104 in 2016. According to Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute, nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs nationwide will likely be needed over the next decade, and 2.4 million are expected to go unfilled due to the skills gap.
Ready to see for yourself how manufacturing has changed? Contact us to see if a career in manufacturing is right for you!