Nearly 8,000 jobs in the Franklin Hampshire workforce region are in the Manufacturing sector, making it the fourth largest industry. There are another 22,000 in nearby Hampden County, where it is 10% of employment. Lower-skill entry-level jobs have declined due to automation or outsourcing, but excellent opportunities remain in such areas as food processing, polyurethane film, plastics, and high tech products. There is an especially acute need for workers in high-skill areas such as precision machining. It takes years to become an expert computer-numerical-control (CNC) machinist, but preliminary education and training can get a job seeker in the door and on the road to a well-paid career. Average overall wages in the Manufacturing sector are $47,372, well above the region's average annual salary of $37,000. Precision machine students completing 12-14 weeks of training are making $13-$19 an hour to start.
Manufacturing-related education and training in the wider area:
- CNC Machining / Manufacturing Post Secondary Training and Education Resources list (PDF Download/View)
Franklin Hampshire Machine Technology secondary school programs: