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Make the move to manufacturing.

As the manufacturing industry continues to grow, local businesses are teaming up to offer this free training opportunity designed to quickly grow the workforce. Get the skills and knowledge that you need for entry-level employment in manufacturing with the support you need to be successful, all without having to quit your current job.

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Why Consider a Career in Manufacturing?

Simply put: more money and more opportunity. A great paying career with many advancement opportunities is within your reach when you make the move to manufacturing.

Pay + Benefits

Up to $18/hr

  • Average starting pay of $15/hr (up to $18/hr) for entry level employees, with shift premiums available.
  • Health, dental, HSA, vision, 401K match, tuition reimbursement, paid holidays and vacation.
  • No swing shifts.

Growth

169%

The number of manufacturing industry jobs in central Wisconsin is 169% above the National average, making it the top growing industry in central Wisconsin.

Jobs

30,427

There are 30,427 current jobs in manufacturing in central Wisconsin.

Workforce

55+

Currently, over 26% of those employed in the industry are 55 or older, which accounts for 7,936 workers. This means that there will be even more openings and opportunities in the future as these people retire.

How The Program Works

Manufacturing Essentials Class Approximately 8 hours

First, you will complete our Manufacturing Essentials class. This online, self-paced class gives you the basic terminology and concepts needed to be successful as a new employee in the world of manufacturing.

Topics covered:

  • Computer Skills
  • Shop Math
  • Print Reading
  • Measurement Tools
  • Hand Tools
  • Manufacturing Processes
  • Industrial Safety
  • Teamwork and Communication Skills
  • Continuous Improvement

You must complete this course within 30 days. Completing this course prepares you for the Manufacturing Skills Workshop.

Manufacturing Skills Workshop20 hours (five 4-hour sessions)

Attend our in-person multi-day workshop which gives you the hands-on skills that you need for entry-level employment in area businesses such as: using measuring tools, using hand tools, analyzing blueprints, building and assembling products, safe work practices, and problem solving. This workshop will be built around your schedule.

Topics covered:

  • Individual and Team Lifting techniques
  • Cranes and Rigging techniques and safe practices
  • Print Reading Lab along with Spatial Recognition experience
  • Proper use of measurement tools in a quality manufacturing experience
  • Build a mechanical assembly
  • Build shipping crating
  • Analyze and practice best methods through lean and problem solving techniques
  • Utilize team building and communication skills to be effective workers.

Guaranteed Job Interview

Completing the Manufacturing Essentials online class and Manufacturing Skills in-person workshop guarantees you a job interview with area manufacturing companies that are committed to growing their workforce.

Job + Signing Bonus

If your interview leads to a job, you will receive a $500 bonus within the first three months of employment.

Strong Manufacturing Businesses Partnered With a High Quality Educator

The Move to Manufacturing program is available to anyone, anywhere, and is a partnership between Greenheck, Linetec, Crystal Finishing Systems, Wausau Window & Wall, and Northcentral Technical College.

Make the Move to Manufacturing Today

Remember, it’s free. Just sign up to get started with our manufacturing readiness program, and you’ll be on your way to a career in manufacturing.