I have worked for 10 years for the same employer and been promoted, but to break through the career ceiling, I am following my sister and brother into apprenticeship. My sister is building boats and my brother is in the trades. Manufacturing offers stable, predictable hours. I want to work where my employer values me as much as I value them. In this field you will always to learning and that learning makes you hard to replace.
We are learning how to program machines that shape metals, plastics and other materials. There are many flavors of CNC jobs. CNC is exploding and there is a lot of responsibility in meeting the precision, quality thresholds of today’s manufacturers. Whether you are making surgical, automotive, or fishing equipment, somewhere in the chain you are a master link.
– Jaclyn Silvia, CNC Apprentice, We Make RI Aegis Program