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Have you ever considered a career in advanced manufacturing?

It’s more than just the act of producing goods; it’s about paving the way for the future! Picture yourself engaging with state-of-the-art technology such as robotics and 3D printing. But here’s the exciting part: it’s not only intellectually stimulating but also financially rewarding!

Advanced manufacturing professions frequently offer competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits packages.

And the best part? A multitude of job openings awaits you right here in Kokomo.

The demand for advanced manufacturing jobs is at an all-time high, with a special focus on clean energy within our own city. StarPlus Energy has invested over $6.3 billion, creating 2,800 new jobs in Kokomo at its incoming EV battery plants.

Manufacturing holds a significant role in our community, constituting 28.7% of all jobs. This sector’s robust presence underscores its vital contribution to local employment and economic stability of the entire region.

What education/credentials are needed?

A review of the Indiana Core 40 Diploma notes 66.67% of the knowledge needed for Industrial Engineering Technologists and Technicians align with course standards found in this diploma. That means, you could already be on your way to a potential career in advanced or smart manufacturing. When it comes to paths forward, you have options.

Among your options is a great introductory course at Ivy Tech Community College. And, this course provides you with a mini-credential in Smart Manufacturing. Exposing you to some great opportunities and experiences, “SMDI 110 Introduction to Industrial Internet of Things” is a great way to transition to career opportunities in our region. And better yet, this course earns you a mini-credential in Smart Manufacturing. Learn more about the course here.

Available resources

Hands-on: While job shadowing gives you a taste of working in a particular profession, you will also want to engage in internships, co-operative programs and summer employment at local manufacturing facilities to see the range of possibilities in manufacturing.

WorkOne: Are you between the ages of 16 and 24? WorkOne Youth Services can help you get the education and training to succeed. Click here to learn more.

Look to the library: The Kokomo-Howard County Library has broken down the job-search process step by step and curated resources to help you each step of the way. Check it out here.

High-paying jobs on the rise

The MIT Living Wage Calculator in 2021 documented that a single person in Indiana needs to earn $27,955 per year to meet the basic needs of food, housing, health insurance and personal expenses.

According to In Demand Jobs Indiana, advanced manufacturing is one of the most highly needed careers in the Kokomo area as well as north central Indiana. The top jobs of 2024 in advanced manufacturing and the average salary for the positions are as follows:

Major manufacturing employers in the Kokomo region

Manufacturing fuels Indiana’s economy

Source: Indiana Economic Development Corporation

This Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance initiative is made possible thanks to a General Motors grant.