DES MOINES, Iowa - Students and potential students at DMACC's Southridge Mall campus heard from a variety of advocates for advanced manufacturing jobs on Friday.
DMACC hosted the event in conjunction with the American Welding Society, the Iowa Advanced Manufacturing Consortium, Home Base Iowa, and the Iowa Association of Business and Industry to provide attendants information on welding as a career in high-demand in Iowa. DMACC's welding program was the focal point of the informational event, but speakers from a number of organizations touched on the emergence of welding and advanced manufacturing as a vital career in the state.
At the event, speakers touched on several important facts about advanced manufacturing in Iowa, according to the Center for Advanced Manufacturing:
- Iowa manufacturing accounts for 18 percent of Iowa's economy
- Iowa manufacturing jobs make up 14 percent of the total workforce
- Manufacturing jobs pay 33 percent more than non-farm jobs
- By 2018, there will be nearly 7,000 manufacturing job openings in Iowa
Organizers with the American Welding Society also say this year, a major focus is to get more veterans hired into these careers. Working in conjunction with Home Base Iowa, the group hopes to see more veterans pursue an education in advanced manufacturing this year.