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Dream it. Do it.™ is a national initiative sponsored by the National Association of Manufacturers. Its focus is to increase awareness of the high-paying, high-quality career opportunities available in manufacturing. Often over looked or distained as an industry characterized as being dark, dirty, and dangerous, manufacturing has changed and continues to evolve as a high tech field requiring knowledgeable, highly skilled people dedicated to making a difference. 

Dream It. Do It. - Wisconsin

Wisconsin is the 20th state to implement the program, which aims to create a single, powerful brand for manufacturing careers in support of local workforce development efforts. Our region is full of thriving, state-of-the-art companies which utilize high-tech, advanced manufacturing processes that result in quality products that compete in the global market.

Now more than ever, there is a surging demand for knowledgeable, talented, driven people.  This is not the industry of the past; advanced manufacturing is the future...become a part of it!

Explore Careers

Manufacturers in our area offer a range of opportunities that allow you to use your talents and build a career you can be proud of.

Get a closer look at some of your options right here.

Did you know that Wisconsin has the highest concentration of manufacturing employment in the United States? Local manufacturers employ well over 160,000 people – in careers with an average salary of $60,000!

Manufacturing remains essential to Wisconsin's economy. Our region is full of growing manufacturing companies that are doing and making great things with advanced technologies. We need smart, skilled, driven people like you to keep this sector strong.

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Industries You Can Be Part Of

Manufacturers in Wisconsin serve a broad range of exciting industries producing many of the products we use daily from food and transportation to energy and mobile technology.

  • Automotive
  • Biomedical devices
  • Chemicals
  • Computers and electronics
  • Defense
  • Energy
  • Food and beverage
  • Machinery
  • Metals
  • Plastics and rubber
  • Power, automation and control
  • Printing
  • Water technology

 

Here's a look at the wide variety of possible manufacturing positions that you might consider to launch your career.

There are new challenges everyday in the many and varied general roles throughout the manufacturing industry.

  • Analyzing processes and solving problems
  • Assembling and inspecting products
  • Installing and maintaining equipment
  • Moving materials and parts
  • Running complex machinery

Click a magnifying glass to see possible careers

Job Title Salary Range Required Education
Manager, Engineer, Technical Professional $60K-$80K Applied industry bachelor's degree
Highly Skilled Technician $21-$27/hr Associate's degree with specialty
Skilled Technician $13.50–$23/hr One-year / two-year diploma
Entry-Level & Certified Production Technician $13-$22.50/hr Occupational certificate, some technical training
Semi-Skilled Job Operator $8-$14/hr High school / GED graduate

Precision and pride matched with technology characterizes today's manufacturer's needs.  As a machine tool operator, you'll program and troubleshoot computer-controlled machining tools that are accurate down to a few micrometers.

It's all about refining metal for specific, essential purposes inside machines. Work on powerful equipment including:

  • CAD Designers
  • Plasma Cutters
  • Milling Machines
  • Laser Operators

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Job Title Salary Range Required Education
Manager / Tech Professional – Manufacturing Engineer, Industrial Engineer $65K-$90K Bachelor's degree
Highly Skilled Technician – CAD/CAM Designer, Mold Maker, CNC Programmer $24-$31/hr Associate of Applied Science degree
Skilled Technician – Lead Machinist, Tool Maker, Machine Tool Operator, CNC Maintenance Mechanic $24.50-$29.50/hr Two-year technical diploma
Entry-Level & Certified Production Technician – Machine Set-Up Laser Operator $13.50-$22/hr One-year technical diploma
Semi-Skilled Job Operator – Production Worker $8-14.50/hr High school / GED graduate

Successful manufacturing requires knowledgeable and skilled team members throughout its organization.  These include:

  • Engineers and Technicians
  • Designers and Developers
  • Supervisors and Managers

As well as a host of support professions including:

  • Finance
  • Logistics
  • Human Resources

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Job Title Salary Range Required Education
Manager / Tech Professional – Electric Engineering Production Manager, Electronics Engineer $65K-$90K Engineering bachelor's degree
Highly Skilled Technician – Automation Systems Technician, Electronics Technician, Electronics Repair, Electromechanical Technician, Field Services Coordinator $21-$27/hr Electronics & engineering associate's degree
Skilled Technician – Line Worker, Meter Worker, Cable Installer, Electrician Assistant, Building Engineer 20.75-$25.75/hr One-year technical diploma
Entry-Level & Certified Production Technician – Front Line Supervisor, Assembly Lead, Manufacturing Lead, Coil Winder, Electrical & Electronic Assembler, Team Assembler, Manufacturing Technician $14-$17.50/hr Occupational certificate, some technical training
Semi-Skilled Job Operator – Support Team Member, Production Worker $8.25- $14.50/hr High school / GED graduate

Welding is an indispensable skill requiring precise hand-eye coordination. With today's high-tech equipment, welding plays a role in just about anything involving large metal parts:

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • High-Speed Rail
  • Renewable Energy Components

Click a magnifying glass to see various welding positions, the pay you can expect and the education you need to get there:

Job Title Salary Range Required Education
Manager / Tech Professional – Welding Engineer, Manufacturing Engineer, Metallurgist $65K-$78K Bachelor's degree
Highly Skilled Technician – Structural Metal Fabricator, Certified Welding Inspector, Robotic Welding Tech, Welding Machine Setter, Operator or Tender $21-$35/hr Associate of Applied Science degree
Skilled Technician – Welder, Fabricator, Laser Operator, Thermal Cutter, Turret Operator, Maintenance Welder $18-$21.50/hr One-year technical diploma
Entry-Level & Certified Production Technician – Welding Technician, Job Planner, Layout Technician $13.50-$18.50/hr Short-term technical certificate, some technical training

The manufacturing industry needs people who demonstrate an affinity for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), or like to build, re-design, and create.

Here are six common career pathways for gaining the experience you need to Dream It. Do It.

 

  • Job Shadow – Experience the daily challenges of a variety of roles.
  • Job Co-op – Gain real world experience on the job while going to high school or technical college.
  • Internship – Gain essential hands-on experience as part of your schooling.
  • Apprenticeship / On-the-Job Training – Work and learn full time.
  • Technical college – Build advanced skills.
  • University degree – Gain sophisticated technical and professional knowledge.

 

Get Started

With Wisconsin manufacturers, you can take charge of your career quickly. Here are some ways to get started.

Learn more about and enroll in manufacturing-related programs at one of our area's excellent technical schools:

Gateway Technical College

3520 30th Avenue

Kenosha, WI 53144

(262) 564-2200

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Milwaukee Area Technical College

700 W State Street

Milwaukee, WI 53233

(414) 297-6282

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Moraine Park Technical College

700 Gould Street

Beaver Dam, WI 53916

(920) 887-1101

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Waukesha County Technical College

800 Main Street

Pewaukee, WI 53072

(262) 691-5566

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Southeastern Wisconsin companies are opening their doors as manufacturing ambassadors so you can experience firsthand the exciting opportunities available and meet with employees and leadership on the job.  Explore a list of available opportunities below.

Bradshaw Medical, Inc.

Contact:

Becky Lyyski, (262) 764-3173

blyyski@bradshaw-medical.com

10325 58th Place

Kenosha, WI

www.Bradshaw-Medical.com

Opportunities Available
  • Facility Tours
  • Educational Institution Presentations
  • Community Group Presentations to school boards and students
  • College Internships
  • Youth Apprenticeship Programs
  • Co-op Program

LMI Packaging Solutions

Contact:

Vince Incandela, (262) 925-8154

vincandela@lmipackaging.com

8911 102nd Street

Pleasant Prairie, WI

www.LMIpackaging.com

Opportunities Available:
  • Facility Tours
  • Educational Institution Presentations
    • Engineering
    • Human Resources
    • Manufacturing Management Careers
    • Purchasing
    • Accounting
    • Manufacturing Shop Careers

Xten Industries

Contact:

Kendra Buchanan, (262) 605-8047

kbuchanan@xtenindustries.com

9600 55th Street

Kenosha, WI 53144

www.XtenIndustries.com

Opportunities Available:
  • Facility Tours
  • Educational Institution Presentations
    • Engineering
    • Human Resources
    • Manufacturing Management Careers
    • Purchasing
    • Accounting
  • Community Group Presentations

Busch Precision, Inc.

Contact:

Michael A. Mallwitz, (414) 362-7305

info@buschprecision.com

8200 N. Faulkner Road

Milwaukee, WI 53224

www.BuschPrecision.com

Opportunities Available:
  • Facility Tours
  • Job Shadowing
    • Accounting
    • Human Resources
    • Manufacturing Shop Careers
    • Manufacturing Management Careers
    • Purchasing
    • Quality
  • Facilities Management

Matzel Mfg., Inc.

Contact:

Brian Nuetzel, (414) 466-3800

briann@mzmatzel.com

9001 West Flagg Avenue

Milwaukee, WI 53225

www.mzMatzel.com

Opportunities Available:
  • Facility Tours
  • Educational Institution Presentations
  • Youth Apprenticeship Program
  • Job Shadowing

GenMet Inc.

Contact:

Missy Propper, (262) 238-7000

missyp@genmet.com

10245 N. Enterprise Drive

Mequon, WI 53092

www.GenMet.com

Opportunities Available:
  • Facility Tours
  • Educational Institution Presentations
    • Engineer (manufacturing, industrial, design)
    • Manufacturing Shop Careers
    • Manufacturing Management careers
  • Community Group Presentations

Dentsply Ortholab

Contact:

Rob Jankowski, 262-752-4040

robert.jankowski@dentsply.com

2525 3 Mile Road

Racine, WI 53404

www.DentsplyOrtholab.com

Opportunities Available:
  • Facility Tours
  • Educational Institution Presentations
    • Manufacturing Shop Careers
    • Lab / Technical
  • Community Group Presentations
  • Internships
    • High School Shipping Internship

MetalWorld, Inc.

Contact:

Gary Meier, 262-637-4407

gary@metalworldinc.com

1920 17th Street

Racine, WI 53403

www.MetalWorldInc.com

Opportunities Available:
  • Facility Tours
  • Educational Institution Presentations
    • Manufacturing Shop Careers
  • Community Group Presentations
  • Job Shadowing
    • Manufacturing Shop Careers

Muti Products Co., Inc

Contact:

Mark Patzke, 262-554-3700

mpatzke@multiproducts.com

5301 21st Street

Racine, WI 53406

www.MultiProducts.com

Opportunities Available:
  • Facility Tours
  • Educational Institution Presentations
  • Community Group Presentations

Nelson Bros. & Strom Company

Contact:

David J. Hall, 262-632-1651

partsrus@nelsonbrothersandstrom.com

2137 Roosevelt Avenue

Racine, WI 53406

www.NelsonBrothersAndStrom.com

Opportunities Available:
  • Facility Tours
  • Educational Institution Presentations
    • Engineering
    • Accounting
    • Manufacturing Shop Careers
  • Community Group Presentations
  • Internships
  • Youth Apprenticeship Programs
  • Job Shadowing
    • Engineering
    • Accounting
    • Manufacturing Shop Careers

R&B Grinding co., Inc.

Contact:

Alissa Drew, 262-634-5538

adrew@rbgrinding.com

1900 Clark Street

Racine, WI 53403

www.RBgrinding.com

Opportunities Available:
  • Facility Tours
  • Educational Institution Presentations
    • Engineering
    • Human Resources
    • Manufacturing Shop Careers
    • Manufacturing Management Careers

Shurpac, Inc.

Contact:

Joe Mandli, 262-898-2377

Joe@shurpac.com

1700 Phillips Avenue

Racine, WI 5303

www.Shurpac.com

Opportunities Available:
  • Facility Tours
  • Internships
  • Job Shadowing
    • Human Resources
    • Manufacturing Shop Careers
    • Manufacturing Management Careers
    • Purchasing

Topper Manufacturing

Contact:

Bruce Burrow, 262-886-6918

bruceb@toppermfg.com

1727 NE Frontage Rd.

Sturtevant, WI 53177

www.TopperMFG.com

Opportunities Available:
  • Facility Tours
  • Educational Institution Presentations
    • Manufacturing Shop Careers
    • Manufacturing Management Careers
  • Internships
    • High School Manufacturing Internship
    • College Manufacturing Internship
  • Youth Apprenticeship Program

Tru-Tool, Inc.

Contact:

David Humphreys, 262-878-2000

David@tru-tool.com

14100 Leetsbir Road

Sturtevant, WI 53177

www.Tru-Tool.com

Opportunities Available:
  • Facility Tours
  • Internships
  • Youth Apprenticeship Program
  • Co-op Program
  • Job Shadowing
    • Manufacturing Shop Careers

Wiscon Products, Inc.

Contact:

Torben Christensen, 262-898-4930

torben@wisconproducts.com

5022 Douglas Aveune

Racine, WI 53402

www.WisconProducts.com

Opportunities Available:
  • Facility Tours
  • Educational Institution Presentations
    • Engineering
    • Human resources
    • Manufacturing Shop Careers
    • Manufacturing Management Careers
  • Community Group Presentations
  • Internships
  • Job Shadowing
    • Engineering
    • Manufacturing Shop Careers
    • Quality Control

Prop Shaft Supply

Contact:

Sam Beierle, (262) 743-2720

sam@pssupply.com

969 Koopman lane

Elkhorn, WI 53121

www.PSsupply.com

Opportunities Available:

  • Facility Tours
  • Educational Institution Presentations
    • Engineering (Quality, Manufacturing, Industrial (lean), Mechanical)
    • Accounting
    • Manufacturing Shop Careers
    • Manufacturing Management Careers
    • Logistics
    • Lean/Six Sigma
  • Community Group Presentations
  • Internships
  • Youth Apprenticeship Program
  • Co-op Program

Custom Equipment, Inc.

Contact:

Sarah Kissinger, (262) 844-1300

sarak@customequipmentlifts.com

2647 Hwy. 175

Richfield, WI 53076

www.HybridLifts.com

Opportunities Available:
  • Facility Tours
  • Internships
  • Job Shadowing
    • Engineering (R&D Product Engineering)
    • Accounting
    • Human Resources
    • Manufacturing Shop Careers
 

Mahuta Tool Corp.

Contact:

Ken Mahuta or Kim Mahuta , (262) 502-4100

ken@mahutatool.com or kim@mahutatool.com

N118 W19137 Bunsen Drive

Germantown, WI 53022

www.MahutaTool.com

Opportunities
  • Facility Tours
  • Educational Institution Presentations
    • Manufacturing Shop Careers
  • Community Group Presentations
  • Youth Apprenticeship Program
  • Job Shadowing
  • Second Chance Partners
 

Aries Industries, Inc.

Contact:

Jan Schemberger, 262-446-5652 ext. 5616

or

Nick Kroll

nkroll@ariesindustries.com

550 Elizabeth Street

Waukesha, WI 53186

www.AriesIndustries.com

Opportunities Available:
  • Facility Tours
  • Educational Institution Presentations
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Accounting
    • Human Resources
    • Manufacturing Shop Careers
    • Purchasing
  • Community Group Presentations
  • Internships
    • High School
    • College HR Internship
    • College Engineering Internship
    • College Electronic Technology Internship
  • Youth Apprenticeship Program
  • Co-op Programs
  • Offer Job Shadowing
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Accounting
    • Human Resources
    • Human Resources
    • Manufacturing Shop Careers
    • Purchasing
  • GPS Education Partners
  • DWD – Summer Work Program

Dickten Masch Plastics

Contact:

Jenny Hall, 262-369-2698

jhall@dicktenplastics.com

N44W33341 Watertown Plank Rd.

Nashota, WI 53058

www.DMPAdvantage.com

Opportunities Available:
  • Facility Tours
  • Educational Institution Presentations
    • Engineering (Program Engineering)
    • Human Resources
    • Manufacturing Management Careers
    • Sales/Marketing
  • Community Group Presentations
  • Internships
  • Co-op Programs

DUECO, Inc

Contact:

Louise Hermsen, 262-547-8500,

or 800-544-8546

Louise.Hermsen@dueco.com

N4W22610 Bluemound Road

Waukesha, WI 53186

www.DUECO.com

Opportunities Available:
  • Facility Tours
  • Educational Institution Presentations
    • Engineering (Mechanical)
    • Accounting
    • Human Resources
    • Manufacturing Shop Careers
    • Manufacturing Management Careers
    • Purchasing
    • Marketing
  • Community Group Presentations
  • Internships
  • Youth Apprenticeship Program
  • Co-op Program
  • Job Shadowing
    • Engineering (Mechanical)
    • Accounting
    • Human Resources
    • Manufacturing Shop Careers
    • Manufacturing Management Careers
    • Purchasing
    • Marketing
    • Safety

GE Waukesha Gas Engines

Contact:

Bonnie Hunkins, 262-549-2727

bonnie.hunkins@ge.com

1101 W St. Paul Ave.

Waukesha, WI 53188

www.GE-Energy.com

Opportunities Available:
  • Facility Tours
  • Educational Institution Presentations
    • Engineering
    • Accounting
    • Human Resources
    • Manufacturing Shop Careers
    • Manufacturing Management Careers
    • Purchasing
  • Community Group Presentations
  • Youth Apprenticeship Program
    • Kettle Morraine High School
  • Internships
    • GE Early Identification Program

HUSCO International

Contact:

Scott Bower, 262-513-4200

scott.bower@huscointl.com

2239 Pewaukee Rd.

Waukesha, WI 53118

www.HuscoIntl.com

Opportunities Available:
  • Facility Tours
  • Educational Institution Presentations
    • Engineering
    • Manufacturing Shop Careers
  • Community Group Presentations
  • Internships

Hydro-Thermal Corporation

Contact:

Bill Rheingans, 262-548-3121

info@hydro-thermal.com

400 Pilot Court

Waukesha, WI 53188

www.Hydro-Thermal.com

Opportunities Available:
  • Facility Tours
  • Educational Institution Presentations
    • Engineering
    • Manufacturing Shop Careers
    • Manufacturing Management Careers
    • Purchasing
  • Community Group Presentations
  • High Schools internships
    • Sales
    • Marketing
    • Manufacturing Engineering
    • Accounting
  • Youth Apprenticeship Programs
  • Job Shadowing
    • Engineering
    • Manufacturing Shop Careers
    • Manufacturing Management Careers

Superior Crane Corporation

Contact:

Ryan Healy or Chris Healy, 262-542-0099

ryanhealy@superiorcrane.com 

or

chrishealy@superiorcrane.com

208 Wilmont Drive

Waukesha, WI 53189

www.SuperiorCrane.com

Opportunities Available:
  • Facility Tours
  • Educational Institution Presentations
    • Manufacturing Shop Careers
    • Manufacturing Management Careers
  • Community Group Presentations
  • Internships
  • Job Shadowing
    • Manufacturing Shop Careers
    • Manufacturing Management Careers

Waukesha Metal Products

Contact:

Amanda Lalley, 262-820-1314

alalley@waukeshametal.com

N53W24635 S Corporate Circle

Sussex, WI 53089

www.WaukeshaMetal.com

Opportunities Available:
  • Facility Tours
  • Educational Institution Presentations
    • Engineering
    • Human Resources
    • Manufacturing Shop Careers
    • Manufacturing Management Careers
    • Purchasing
  • Community Group Presentations
  • Internships
  • Youth Apprenticeship Programs
  • Co-op Programs
  • Job Shadowing
    • Engineering
    • Human Resources
    • Manufacturing Shop Careers
    • Manufacturing Management Careers
    • Purchasing

Weldall Mfg, Inc.

Contact:

Jenni Zielke, 262-896-4041

Jl.zielke@weldallmfg.com

2001 S. Prairie Avenue

Waukesha, WI 53189

www.WeldallMFG.com

Opportunities Available:

  • Facility Tours
  • Internships
  • Youth Apprenticeship Programs
  • Co-op Programs
  • Job Shadowing
    • Manufacturing Shop Careers
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Area manufacturers have been selected as ambassadors to represent the industry by providing access through tours, connections through job/career fairs, by providing internships and job shadowing, and supporting others who wish to learn more about or gain access to a career in manufacturing. Contact an ambassador directly to learn more about the industry opportunities.

 
Manufacturing Ambassadors

We're looking for a few great manufacturers who are committed to leading their industry and community while advancing the future of Wisconsin manufacturing, who are determined to attract and retain their next generation of talented workers, and who are willing to share their time, talent, best practices and more to promote careers in manufacturing.

Is this your organization? If so contact us below!

Set a great example alongside our other Manufacturing Ambassadors:

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How the Ambassadors Help

Ambassadors determine their level of participation based on their schedule and resources. Whether you are a small company with limited staff and restricted time to commit or a large company with a number of available volunteers – you can participate!

  • Conducting tours of their state-of-the-art facilities
  • Exhibiting at career fairs
  • Offering internships/externships and job shadowing to showcase manufacturing opportunities
  • Partnering with educators to develop manufacturing career pathways and aligning the curriculum with the needs of manufacturers
  • Providing scholarships
  • Sharing the success stories of their current employees
  • Speaking about careers in manufacturing to schoo boards, parents, educators, etc.

Waukesha County Manufacturing Executive Council

Thank you to the Executive Council for work in launching Dream it. Do it.™ Wisconsin:

 
 
 
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