Superintendent's Blog


Oct
26
2015

Although STEDY's primary mission is to support students interested in career and technical education, don't assume this "vocational" intent is the same as it once was. The vocations of "yester-year," such as those in manufacturing, were considered to be low skilled, low pay and forever associated to be part of the industrial revolution. Today, vocations even those in manufacturing, require highly technical expertise. As a matter of fact, there are some that say we are entering a new industrial revolution as a result of the exponential growth in technology. The "industrial internet" will create a smarter factory floor connecting people and machines across society. This will lead to more efficient and faster collaboration reshaping global labor markets. The outdated perception of the dirty shop floor is now replaced by "clean rooms" yielding well paid careers for those that possess the hands-on skills and certifications. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for an industrial production manager in manufacturing is $92,470, while a mechanical engineer in manufacturing earns a median salary of $83,060.