If you love finance and want to work on Wall Street you go to New York. If you’re a techie and want to work around the latest in technology in Silicon Valley, you go to California. If you want to work in automotive manufacturing, where do you go? We’ve compiled a list of the Top 3 Cities for Automotive Manufacturing Jobs:
Detroit, MI (Suburbs)
The Automotive Industry has come back to the Midwest. In the last six years, the US auto industry has experienced increased sales by offering lower interest rates and capitalizing on consumer’s needs to upgrade their older model vehicles for newer models. Cities around the Detroit area are generating the most new manufacturing jobs in the Midwest. Michigan has recovered about 40% of the manufacturing jobs it lost during the recession. According to the Daily Detroit, jobs in Warren, MI are up 8.9% and jobs in Auburn Hills, MI are up 3.5%. 13,915 manufacturers now call Michigan home. These companies collectively employ 675,400 workers. A strong emphasis toward improving and maintaining part manufacturing quality is becoming more apparent as many Midwest Automotive 1st and 2nd tier companies upgrade their existing toolholders to higher precision ones. By integrating all aspects of precision from collets, toolholders, and durable retention knobs, run out of cutting tools is dramatically reduced, which helps produce better part consistency.
Not to be left out of the automotive boom, Nashville’s manufacturing employment has jumped 23.9% since 2009. Nissan made the move to Nashville and brought their US headquarters to the area in 2006. They also created manufacturing plants in Central Tennessee, which has also created opportunities for small domestic auto-parts companies in the region. The Right to Work states emphasizes more training in robotics automation used with 4th and 5th axis rotary tables to optimize flexibility and throughput of part manufacturing. With the new implementation of advanced technology, demand for 5 axis rotary table programmers will also be very high.
Columbia, S.C., has become a major hub for European car companies. According to The State, the BMW plant near Columbia, SC brings in 16.6 billion annually. BMW also generates more than 30,700 direct and indirect jobs to the area. In total, there are 401 companies in South Carolina that produce automotive parts, according to the S.C. Department of Commerce. That’s up from 305 in 2008 and each profit from new automakers being in the area. Sales of lathes with milling functions have increased over 43% in the past 3 years in the area, further showing the shift toward consolidated part turning manufacturing. Live Tooling for milling, precision quick change lathe chucks, and programmable steady rests are becoming more common within the area’s manufacturing. Set up lathe machinists with past experience especially utilizing live tools will definitely be busy for the next 3 to 5 years.