What is Manufacturing?

Manufacturing is the process of converting raw materials, components, or parts into finished goods that meet a customer’s expectations or specifications. Manufacturing careers can be found in many industries from food to textiles to equipment, furniture, electronics and more. The duties of manufacturing jobs are varied, too, with some people assembling goods, some painting, upholstering or otherwise covering merchandise and others involved in quality control, inspecting products for flaws and making sure the goods meet set standards.

Cabarrus County is home to a multitude of manufacturers! Companies like S&D Coffee and Tea, Corning and IPG are all right here in Cabarrus. Click here to see a list of all major companies located in Cabarrus County.

Skills/Traits for a Career in Manufacturing:fabrics.PNG

  • Detail-oriented
  • Dependable
  • Mechanical and technical skills
  • Numeracy

Manufacturing Education:

Typically, a high school diploma is the minimum educational requirement for most types of manufacturing jobs. Much of the knowledge and skills needed is learned on the job. Training lasts anywhere from one month up to two years, depending on the type of work being done. Tool and die makers and machinists require the most training because of the expertise needed.

High School: High School: If you are a high school student and are interested in learning more about a career in manufacturing, please contact your career counselors or visit your school system’s website. (Cabarrus County Schools, Kannapolis City Schools).

assemblyNorth Carolina Manufacturing Institute: Getting a job with a great future is happening right now in Cabarrus and Rowan Counties through the NC Manufacturing Institute. Manufacturers and education/training providers are working together to develop customized programs to give you the skills and knowledge that local employers want – today! Explore the NC Manufacturing Institute’s eight-week program.

Manufacturing Job Market:

Although there is an ongoing need for manufactured goods, manufacturing careers are on the decline. A report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) details a projected deceleration in manufacturing jobs over the next few years, citing automation and importing goods as the major causes of job loss in the manufacturing industry. That’s not to say that there won’t be any growth in manufacturing, as some manufacturing sectors are expected to have more job growth than others. On the average, manufacturing jobs are expected to grow by only four percent by 2022, with machinist jobs and quality control inspectors increasing six to seven percent.

Manufacturing Careers in Cabarrus County:

  • Fabricators/Laminators – Average salary of $31,200
  • Production Technician – Average salary of $33,000
  • Cutters/Trimmers – Average salary of $33,300
  • Assemblers – Average salary of $37,400
  • Industrial Maintenence Technician – Average salary of $40,100
  • Production Managers – Average salary of $91,500