The SW Manufacturing Strategies and Solutions Group- Dream It Do It – representatives came on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 to inform the many areas in manufacturing.
Joelle and Heath from KMM (Killdeer Mountain Manufacturing) and Abbey from Baker Boy came from Dickinson to educate our Ag and FACS (Family and Consumer Sciences) students on the wide range of jobs in the manufacturing world. Between the three presenters, Fisher Industries, KMM, Baker Boy, Steffes Manufacturing, ITM, Funshine Express, IGridBee/Solar Bee, and Worthington were all represented in their presentation. The term ‘manufacturing’ has had the stereotype of being an assembly line in a dim lighted, dirty room. These three representatives gave real experiences and knowledge of how this is not accurate in many of the jobs. They stressed that almost any and everything we have has been manufacture in some way, and that we need to continue the manufacturing advancements in order to see the vision to build success on success. The heart of ingenuity is to shape the future.
Baker Boy, explained by Abbey, thrives on employee satisfaction. She currently works in research and development, an area many would not correlate with manufacturing. Progress only continues; in 1979 Baker Boy produced 40 cases per week and today they kick out 37,000 cases per week. Baker Boy serves all 50 States. With the vast range of jobs including sales, marketing, graphic design, accountants, Human Resources, welding, bakers and mixer to name a few. There are more jobs than what many people know that are associated with Baker Boy and other manufacturing industries.
Joelle and Heath expanded on the job options at KMM. Hettinger is one of the 4 locations of KMM along with Dickinson, Killdeer and Regent, where there are about 350 employees. Products produced at KMM include circuit boards, wire harnesses, fiber optic, and ground support to aircraft. Heath explained that when your plane lands correctly, it is due to the break control assembly produced by KMM workers here in North Dakota.
Another manufacturing company discussed was TMI Systems Cooperation. Many of the cabinets, desks you see in schools, businesses hospitals, dental businesses, and science labs are produced by the hard workers at TMI.
By 2020, it is projected there will be 2 million job openings in manufacturing. The average United States manufacturing worker makes over $77,000. Many of these manufacturing companies welcome high school graduates. If a worker then decides to go back to school in that area, many companies will pay a portion if not all of the schooling costs. These manufactures also work with one another to better their final products.
A huge thank you goes to Heath, Jonelle, and Abbey for presenting so many job opportunities to our students.