Forest product manufacturers have jobs, jobs, jobs! (and great pay!!)
If you haven’t heard of the huge surge in the number of wood products manufacturing and production companies in northern Michigan, where have you been? A new, 500,000+ square foot production plant, long-term industry giants like Georgia Pacific and Weyerhauser, and fistfuls of others you might not have heard of … but will blow your socks off regardless once you see the technology and production processes they’re using — are you the person they’re looking for to expand their rock-solid teams?
Are you a natural problem-solver, a genuine team player, comfortable in technical work environments and someone who wants to take on the challenge of working in a complex manufacturing plant? This could be the career of your dreams…and one that will bankroll a solid financial future. Not bad, eh?
Interested? Keep reading!!.
Are you interested in learning manufacturing processes necessary for wood product production? This includes CNC manufacturing, how to work with precision machines, the down low on different types of wood and the best use for each type, and processes to assemble components to make “finished products.” You’ll know how to spot problems and fix issues to generate top-rate materials..
You’ll also learn CAD/CAM machine programming, all about wood adhesives application, moulder, shaper and grinding technology, CNC router technology, hardwood grading and merchandising, the fundamentals of furniture manufacturing, and how to interpret engineering drawings.
Too good to be true? Not even! Kirtland has a streamlined, fast-track program to prepare you for this (massively) growing industry in nine short months. You read it right — nine short months.
What kind of wages are we talking about? It depends on the position you accept when you hire in AND how quick your skills help you move up the financial ladder, but you’re looking at a solid $22,000-65,000 straight out of the gate. You won’t pull down that kind of bank with just any job. And, it’s a guaranteed, rock solid industry..
Did you know there’s a whole generation of professional (skilled) trades workers on the brink of retirement? Know what’s going to happen? There are going to be job openings in every Pro Trades field that employers are going to be desperate to fill. In fact, the State of Michigan is projecting 545,000 pro trades jobs that need to be filled by now and 2026. Think about it!
So, why should you be thinking about this career path? A quick recap:
- It’s an accelerated, fast-paced nine-month program.
- We designed it to meet exactly what employers want.
- Faculty members designed (and, in some cases, built) custom components for the industry-current equipment in the lab.
- Our curriculum was reviewed and given the nod by more than a dozen industry leaders.
- The faculty members we’ve chosen come from major manufacturing plants.
- It begins with hands-on learning experiences.
When you choose to attend a community college like Kirtland, you’re getting the most bang for your buck. It’s easily accessible from I-75, US 127, M-32 and M-72. You might be surprised to find out just how affordable community colleges are! And the programs are all fast track, convenient and ready to set you on the path to a high-pay career. Check out kirtland.edu and visit the Wood Science Technology program page to see exactly what’s up.
You’re good with your hands. You’re great with you head. You like to find and fix problems to keep things running. You’re flexible and a solid team player. You want a job you love and you don’t want to be stuck behind a desk. You’re a perfect fit for an WST career!
It’s the real deal —the abundance of job opportunities cannot be overstated. There are loads of wood industry jobs in northern Michigan. Get in now and guarantee your career for years (and decades) to come!
Go ahead and apply for admission or give us a call (leave us a message if it’s after hours right now. so you’ll be one step closer): 989-275-5000. What are you waiting for?