Manufacturing was one of the hardest-hit industries during the pandemic. The combination of supply chain disruptions, fluctuating consumer demands and massive labour shortages caused significant challenges for manufacturing companies. With markets slowly restabilizing and heading towards pre-pandemic levels, the industry is still left struggling with the remnants of COVID-19. For example, the labour shortage that was affecting the industry even before the pandemic hit, only continues to intensify. Secondly, manufacturers have had to revamp workplace settings to ensure COVID-safe environments for their workers. Additionally, recent advancements in technology have changed the way of work for many logistics roles and have placed a greater challenge on employers to attract, hire and retain skilled workers. If you’re considering a job in manufacturing, you’ll find plenty of job openings for entry, mid-level and higher-level positions.

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top manufacturing skills

1. CWB TIG ticket

Structural welders working in Canada must be certified through the Canadian Welders Bureau (CWB). The TIG ticket certification is specifically for those welders using the TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas) welding process.

2. PLC programming

Completing a training course in PLC programming can ensure you have the skills necessary to successfully program and troubleshoot this core software in the manufacturing industries. Candidates considering a role in manufacturing should include any PLC programming training they completed on their resume.

3. 433A certification

The 433A certification is specifically for millwrights. Students completing the 433A certification program must complete both in-class and hands-on training. Final certification proves the employees’ ability to repair and maintain factory equipment.

4. class 5 driver’s license

Truck drivers wishing to operate larger vehicles, such as tractor-trailers, must have a Class 5 driver’s license and a good driving record. While some employers provide Class 5 training, candidates that already have this type of license are in high demand.

5. TIG/MIG welding certification

To become a certified welder in either TIG or MIG, one must first complete an approved training program and then complete a three-year apprenticeship program. Having this certification will greatly improve your job opportunities in the manufacturing industry.

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