where manufacturing jobs in canada are headed

According to a report, it’s been the worst year for Canadian manufacturers since the Great Recession of 2008. Significant reliance on an in-person workforce and often complex supply chain has led to production restrictions and in other cases, closures for manufacturers across the country. While these are undoubtedly significant challenges to overcome, there are opportunities for both employees and manufacturing companies alike, especially those companies who understand the need to pivot and innovate. For instance, a number of Canadian manufactures from a variety of sectors (medical supply, automotive, garment, food and beverage) altered their facilities to produce in-demand products like hand sanitizers, medical scrubs, and ventilators. Not only does this benefit workers by increasing the demand for talent, but it also provides them with a unique opportunity to learn new skills. As restrictions across the country continue to loosen, expertise on adapting new workplace health and safety measures will be of critical importance, especially in manufacturing facilities where close contact with coworkers is often unavoidable.

1. welder

Welder holds onto the top spot on the list of in-demand manufacturing jobs for the fourth year in a row. For decades young workers have been shying away from jobs perceived as 'blue collar' such as welding. As a result, there aren't enough talented welders to meet employer demand. A certification or experience with MIG or TIG welding can further increase your employability and earning potential in this already in-demand field.

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2. millwright

Millwright moves up one spot from last year to claim the title of second most in demand skilled trades job. Millwrights are experts in the machinery and mechanical equipment used in manufacturing plants and factories. They install, assemble, repair and otherwise maintain mechanical equipment. Unlike machinists, millwrights don't operate the equipment. Their role is more to ensure that it runs smoothly and to troubleshoot any issues.

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3. machine operator

Machine operators, also sometimes known as tool and die operators or machinists, work with heavy machinery to fabricate items in a manufacturing setting. They may specialize in a specific machine, or work on a variety of machines. This role is closely related to CNC machinist, but with more focus on mechanical operation and less emphasis on programming.

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4. assembler

Assemblers are a fairly entry level role in the manufacturing sector. Their job is exactly what it sounds like: they assemble parts, typically as part of a production line on a manufacturing floor. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the surge in demand for essential goods, coupled with restrictions on how many workers could be present on worksites put pressure on manufacturers. Skilled assemblers allow manufacturers to maximize output.

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5. production supervisor

Production supervisor is up one spot from last year. Also called operations supervisor, production supervisors are typically responsible for overseeing a production team in the manufacturing sector. They organize staff, equipment and processes, ensuring the production floor runs like a well-oiled machine. As first-line managers, production supervisors play a crucial role in keeping manufacturing operations running smoothly through the pandemic despite restrictions on workers and increased demand.

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6. heavy duty mechanic

Heavy duty mechanics are specialists who focus on repairing and maintaining industrial machinery and equipment, most frequently in the manufacturing or construction sectors, though they may work in any field where operating large mechanical equipment is a prerequisite. During the pandemic, they have the important roles of ensuring manufacturing machinery, which is running around the clock, continues to operate smoothly.

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7. automotive technician

Automotive technicians are similar to mechanics in that they work on the upkeep of cars and other vehicles. However unlike mechanics, automotive technicians typically focus on the technical, computer-related aspects of your car, rather than the repair and maintenance of mechanical parts. As cars become increasingly complex and integrated with technology, it makes perfect sense the demand for automotive technicians is growing as well.

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8. electro mechanic

Electro mechanics are a cross between electricians and mechanics. They combine their knowledge of electrical systems with their knowledge of the inner workings of machinery. They often work in the manufacturing sector producing goods such as computer parts, though they may work in aerospace, energy or other sectors as well.

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