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Manufacturing Career Map

Advanced Manufacturing

In 2012, IVCCD invited a group of employers, educators, and economic developers to serve on an Advanced Manufacturing Sector Board for the purpose of discussing their workforce concerns and issues in Region 6 (Hardin, Poweshiek, Marshall, and Tama). High growth, high demand positions were identified by employers which laid the foundation for the accompanying career pathways map. The map does not identify all occupations within manufacturing, but it does give information to potential new workers about current jobs needed in the region. The jobs are not specific to any one employer but do reflect the current needs of manufacturing employers as aggregated in Region 6.

You’ll find the following information on this page:

  • Career Pathways Map for Advanced Manufacturing
  • Job Descriptions
  • Sector Board Members

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Advanced Manufacturing Career Map

Region 6 Advanced Manufacturing Occupation Descriptions
Occupation Job Description
Production Worker/Assembler Work individually and/or as part of a team in a safe manner with the flexibility to assemble finished products and the parts that go in them. Duties may include read and understand schematics and blueprints, use hand tools or machines to assemble parts, conduct quality control checks with attention to detail by communicating effectively with coworkers, supervisors and others within the organization.
Welder Use hand-welding or flame-cutting equipment to weld or join metal components or to fill holes, indentations, or seams of fabricated metal products. These positions may require welding certifications both internal and external.
Machine Operator Set up, operate, or tend more than one type of cutting or forming machine tool or robot. May require specific safety or operator certifications offered through the employer or local community college.
Computer Numerical Controller (CNC), Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) Operator Set up and operate a variety of manual tools to produce precision parts. May also fabricate and modify parts to make or repair machine tools or maintain industrial machines, applying knowledge of mechanics, mathematics, metal properties, layout, and machining procedures.
Electrical Mechanical Technician Operate, test, maintain, or troubleshoot automated, servo-mechanical, or electromechanical equipment. They may assist engineers in testing and designing robotics equipment.
Tool and Die Makers Creatively analyze specifications and be able to troubleshoot non-conformities. Set up, program and operate machine and hand tools, lay out metal stock, and fit and assemble parts to make and repair dies, cutting tools, jigs, fixtures, gauges, and machinists’ hand tools.
Industrial Maintenance Technicians With a “sense of urgency”, lay out, build, test, troubleshoot, repair, and modify developmental and production electronic components, parts, equipment, and systems applying principles and theories of electronics, electrical circuitry, engineering mathematics, electronic and electrical testing, and physics. Ability to work independently recognizing the potential of equipment failure and the importance of predictive and preventative maintenance.
First Line Supervisor/Group Lead Supervise and coordinate the activities of production personnel in a safe and efficient manner utilizing strong communication skills to direct and motivate the workforce in compliance with company and legislative guidelines.
Manager Plan, direct, and coordinate the operations of the organization. Duties and responsibilities include formulating policies, managing daily operations by planning the use of capital and human resources. Requires strong communication and leadership skills.

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