Hands On Careers

Hands on Careers was formed by the Central Wisconsin Metal Manufacturing Alliance (CWIMMA) to educate youth on careers and educational opportunities in the fabricating and manufacturing trades, while also discussing job market, cost of education, career stability, skilled worker shortages, earning potential and how fun the jobs are.

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Manufacturing Needs You!

Manufacturing is the primary economic stabilizing sector in North Central Wisconsin. As of July 2016, nearly 475,000 Wisconsin residents are employed in the manufacturing sector.

AGING Workforce 

40% of the skilled workers in manufacturing in North Central Wisconsin (“Baby Boomers”) will retire in the next 7-10 years.

2020 The United States will be 18 million skilled trade workers short of economic demand.

By 2050 China’s over 65 population will likely constitute a population larger than the entire United States.

Declining Population

1.86% U.S. Birth Rate 15% decline from 2007-2012. Birth rates the lowest among women 20-29 since before the Great Depression

Wisconsin is 7th worst in outbound migration (loss of educated/skilled population).

Most In Demand Jobs in America

  •  #1 Skilled Trade Workers (includes welding and machining)

Most In Demand Job in North Central Wisconsin

  • #1 Machinist
  • 490 New Welding Jobs added each year http://weldtowork.org/
  • 1,559 Welders and Machinists needed in North Central Wisconsin by 2018.

14% of Jobs in North Central Wisconsin require a Bachelor’s or higher Degree for entry.

86% of Jobs in North Central Wisconsin require a 2 Year Associates Degree or less for entry.

Earn over $40,000  as a machinist or welder with minimal experience and education:

  • Military support welders can start at $160,000 per year, and can make more than $200,000 per year working in the Middle East
  • Traveling industrial pipe welders: $50,000–$185,000 per year
  • Underwater welders: $100,000–$200,000 per year