Source: Lift Technology | Release, Eileen Pickett | May 22, 2018

More than 425,000 Tennessee workers employed in advanced manufacturing jobs 

Advanced manufacturing employment in Tennessee reached new heights in 2018 with more than 425,000 workers employed – the greatest employment level since 2001. This according to a new report from Detroit-based LIFT— Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow.

Employer demand for lightweighting-related skills grew by 17 percent between Q4 2017 and Q1 2018 with 9,445 job postings, which is up 15 percent over five years ago.

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.

“Advanced manufacturing job demand has created an ever-growing need for talent in Tennessee 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 Tennessee in Q1 2018 included: Laborers and Freight, Stock and Material Movers (1,479 postings), Maintenance and Repair Workers (946 postings), Production Workers (717 postings), Industrial Engineering Technicians (410 postings) and First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers (361 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 Tennessee report can be viewed at: development/.


ABOUT LIFT: LIFT is a Detroit-based, public-private partnership committed to the development and deployment of advanced lightweight metal manufacturing technologies, and implementing education and training initiatives to better prepare the workforce today and in the future. LIFT is one of the founding institutes of Manufacturing USA, and is funded in part by the Department of Defense with management through the Office of Naval Research. Visit or follow on Twitter @NewsFromLIFT to learn more.

ABOUT WORKFORCE INTELLIGENCE NETWORK OF SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN: The Workforce Intelligence Network of Southeast Michigan (WIN) is a collaborative effort between nine community colleges and six Michigan Works! Agencies, in partnership with numerous other organizations, to create a comprehensive and cohesive workforce development system in Southeast Michigan that provides employers with the talent they need for success. WIN covers a 16-county area, including Genesee, Hillsdale, Huron, Jackson, Lapeer, Lenawee, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, Sanilac, Shiawassee, St. Clair, Tuscola, Washtenaw, and Wayne. WIN was founded with the support of the New Economy Initiative for Southeast Michigan and publicly launched in November 2011.