21 Mar

Top 5 Skills That Will Land You a Manufacturing Job

Posted by Brad Holtkamp

The manufacturing industry is booming in Canada. Whereas oil and gas flailed, manufacturing held strong throughout 2018, and the trend looks to continue in 2019. No wonder, our staffing team constantly ranks manufacturing engineers and technical workers among the most sought after candidates.


With unemployment at its lowest in four decades, however, manufacturers are having a difficult time finding the skilled labour they need. There are many jobs available for those who have the right skill set. Do you have what it takes to land a job in this industry? These five skills are crucial to you for finding a job in Canada.


1. Attention to Detail

Not every manufacturing job will need you to have eagle eyes, but an attention to detail is appreciated by almost every employer around the globe. Whether you’re working on the line, fixing a machine, or designing a new machine to make the process even faster and more reliable, attention to detail is a great thing to have. 

How can you practice attention to detail? Much of the time, it comes down to a matter of practice. Make mental notes. Slow down your process and break it down. Take the time to review. After you do this a few times, noticing the fine details will be much simpler.


2. Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

No matter what you’re doing in manufacturing, you’re going to be faced with problems sometimes. Maybe a machine broke down and you need to fix it. Perhaps you need to design a whole new machine or come up with the blueprints for rewiring the plant and making it more energy efficient. 

The ability to think critically about a problem and do some serious problem solving is a great advantage for both employees and employers alike. You could solve a problem to make a job easier or more efficient, thus raising productivity. 

Want to work on your critical-thinking skills? There are many different online workshops and seminars you can attend. Try working through some problems on your own.


3. Technological Savvy

When you picture the manufacturing industry, you may think of old-time factory workers from newsreels. Modern factories are worlds apart. Much like everywhere else, robots and technology have become staples of the modern industry.

As a result, you’ll need some technological savvy to truly succeed in today’s industry. Whether it’s operating a computer-controlled press or another machine, using a drone to take inventory of different supplies, or using programs like CAD or SolidWorks to create new products, you’ll need some tech skills.

Get up to date on the latest industry standards by checking out some online tutorials and how-to videos. There may be online courses or webinars you can sign up for to learn more. Check out professional development opportunities near you.


4. Teamwork Skills

The factory of today doesn’t run on robots alone. In fact, human beings are still very necessary to drive the business forward. As a result, teamwork skills are still important for today’s manufacturers.

While you might believe the manufacturing industry consists of humans overseeing mostly mechanized labour, the process is still very human and teams keep everything running smoothly.


5. Language Skills

Everyone knows communication skills are important. In the manufacturing industry today, however, there’s an emphasis on language skills—and not just English-language skills. Since many manufacturers work with others in different countries, a working knowledge of Mandarin Chinese, French, or Spanish could be an asset to you.

Good communication is important in any language, so be sure to hone your skills no matter which language you’re speaking.

These skills will help you land a job in the booming Canadian manufacturing industry. If you have them, you’re well on your way to success in this vibrant sector of the Canadian economy.


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Brad Holtkamp

Brad brings 15 years of Canadian and international staffing industry experience to his role as vice president, Western Canada. He’s an HRIA and TEC Canada member and has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Saskatchewan. Brad has significant experience providing staffing solutions for customers, with specific expertise in permanent search, contract recruitment, and payroll delivery. With a love of sports and the outdoors, Brad can often be found in a rink, on a bike, or in the mountains with his wife and two daughters.

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