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Skilled Trades Technology
Skilled Trades Technology
Career Opportunities and Work Life

Throughout southwest Michigan and northwest Indiana, there are many manufacturing employers that are looking for trained individuals to fill high-skill, high-wage, high-demand positions. As a student in the Skilled Trades Technology program, you can train for careers in metalworking, drafting, industrial maintenance, or electronics.

Work Environment
Various skilled trade technology jobs are found in manufacturing environments that may require earplugs, work gloves, and safety gear. This industry is relying more and more on computers and new technology. The increasing computerization of the manufacturing industry is creating a demand for individuals with specialized skills.

Typically skilled trades technology employees work a 40-hour workweek, but heavy production periods or individual companies may call for shift work or overtime.

Employment Outlook
Nationally, both electrical and electronic engineering technicians are in huge demand, and the demand will only increase in the future as advances in technology spread to more industries. So whether you decide to make Berrien County your home, or travel to other places, this degree gives you mobility and the demand to find a good, steady job. Lake Michigan College will give you the basic training to keep up with the changes in the electronics field that will make you competitive for the job market.

Nationally, new job opportunities for industrial mechanics are expected to grow by 19 percent by 2020. Within Michigan, jobs are expected to remain relatively constant during the same time period.

Career Advancement
Experience is irreplaceable in this field. Knowing the inner workings of your company will give you an advantage when it comes to a promotion for a higher-level position. Continuing your education will also open up many career doors.

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