DETROIT – Advanced manufacturing employment in Michigan reached new heights in 2018 with more than 700,000 workers employed – the greatest employment level since 2006. This according to a new report from Detroit-based LIFT—Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow, a Manufacturing USA institute. 

The quarterly reports, highlighting employment trends, top jobs, and required skills in advanced manufacturing through Q1 2018, are completed with research and analysis from the Workforce Intelligence Network of Southeast Michigan (WIN) and Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee, a region that’s home to more than 50 percent of the metalworking jobs in the country.

Although employer demand for lightweighting-related skills declined slightly from the fourth quarter, there were still nearly 26,000 online jobs posted in Q1 2018, up 30 percent from five years ago.

“Advanced manufacturing job demand has created an ever-growing need for talent in Michigan and across the country,” said Emily DeRocco, education and workforce director, LIFT. “Addressing those workforce needs with advanced manufacturing education pathways will be key to our nation’s economic prosperity and national security.”

The top in-demand lightweighting-related occupations in Michigan in Q1 2018 included: Laborers and Freight, Stock and Material Movers (2,317 postings), Maintenance and Repair Workers (1,967 postings), Electrical Engineers (1,500 postings), Mechanical Engineers (1,425 postings) and Production Workers (1,422 postings).

LIFT, operated by the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute (ALMMII) and one of the founding Manufacturing USA institutes, is a public-private partnership dedicated to developing and deploying advanced lightweight metal manufacturing technologies, and implementing education and training programs to better prepare the workforce today and in the future.

The full Michigan report can be viewed at: