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Jobs! There’s Jobs?

By José Luna

In this post, near economic collapse, people are left wondering how and where to get good jobs. Many say you need a college degree to land a good paying, long lasting job. Yet, recent data shows that many college grads end up in the service industry. Still one area of the job market has a shortage of people to meet the demand and the pay is good and to beat all, it can be learned in high school.

What is this job? Precision Machining!

Check the newspaper and you’ll see at least one ad asking for tool and die makers or machinists. Precision Machining at Toledo Public school, for example, is a two-year program, 11th and 12th grades. They learn how to work with machinery that is used in industry today. They learn: engineering concepts, work with metal lathes, milling machines, and more.

You may ask what kind of jobs they can get with this type of training. Here’s a list of few of a careers they can enter: Millwright, Mechanical CNC Operator/Programmer, Robotics, Precision Machinist, Die Cast Die Maker, Tool & Die Maker, Mold Maker, Punch Press Operator, & Quality control. The final thing you ask is WAGES.  The average monthly wage for a Millwright in Ohio is $5,015, for a

Mechanical Engineer is $5,373, for a Tool & Die Maker is $3,748, and for a CNC Machine Operator is $2,863.

Companies are begging for men and women with these skills. The door is opened with just a high school degree and advancement is possible with an additional two-year degree. College is not for all but you can still have a satisfying career by studying Precision Machining. Most public school districts have vocational programs that include Precision Machining. Toledo Public offers this program at Scott High School, Start High School, and Bowsher High School. 

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Revised: 05/08/12 06:04:53 -0700.





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