Whether it’s cars, light bulbs, or coffee tables, manufacturing means putting things together and solving problems.

Why Work in Manufacturing?

Indiana is one of the nation’s leading hubs for manufacturing. We’re home to many innovative businesses that are growing fast—and they’re looking for motivated veterans to help fill their open positions.

Analyze the Situation

Attention to detail can be the difference between success and a breakdown in production.

Use Your Tech Skills

Manufacturing professionals work with cutting-edge technology—including robotics and lasers

Follow a Routine

Many manufacturing jobs are checklist oriented and involve working toward a bigger goal. 

Support Your Team

Every team member is crucial in the manufacturing industry. There are lots of chances to work toward a common goal as a unit.

Career Pathways in Manufacturing

Individual Contributor

Become a master of your skillset and help inform company leadership.
Median Salary:$91,729
Desired Skillsproblem solver, strong work ethic, collaborative thinker


Create plans to meet customer demand for popular products.
Median Salary:$46,634
Desired Skillsphysically fit, love of technology, technically accurate

Industrial Maintenance

Diagnose and fix minor mechanical issues before they become major problems.
Median Salary:$51,630
Desired Skillsmechanical skills, desire to learn, manual dexterity

A Few Industry Facts

million jobs nationwide in 2019
salary range
new industrial machinery mechanics needed by 2022
Industrial engineering and mechanical engineering are among the highest paying occupations in manufacturing.
Many manufacturing jobs don’t require a college degree, and offer excellent career mobility.
The manufacturing sector has dozens of subsectors and hundreds of career paths.
Nearly 10% of all manufacturing employees have union representation.
Manufacturing related to EV vehicles will be one of the highest growing segments of the industry over the next ten years.

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