Manufacturing companies seek designers in Tennessee

  • Bradley Jackson is President and CEO of the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Tennessee Manufacturers Association.
  • Jay Timmons is President and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers and Chairman of the Board of the Manufacturing Institute.

As leaders of manufacturing associations here in Tennessee and nationally, we are focused on solving the industry’s most pressing challenges. It’s no secret that one of the most frequently cited challenges is bringing even more people into the modern manufacturing workforce. But this challenge is also an opportunity.

Makers are proud to note that if you’re looking for work in Nashville and all of Tennessee, you’re in luck; there are great jobs to be found and many more on the way. Manufacturers of all sizes and in all industries employ more than 300,000 Tennessee residents. With competitive operating costs, a strategic location near the east coast, and explosive population growth, Tennessee is a prime location for manufacturing companies looking for a home base. We already host many well-known brands around the world.

As you think about your future, it’s important to note that the opportunities to be part of a manufacturing team will likely stand out. That’s because makers of all sizes across Tennessee are saying the same thing: “Designers Wanted.”

In the end, it all comes down to channeling the spirit of modern makers, that is, creating. Making the many products that Americans depend on – whether it’s household goods, musical instruments, automobiles, high-tech electronics and so many more – requires open minds who can imagine how improve something or create something that no one has thought of.

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That’s what it means to work in manufacturing.

Manufacturers and creators are one

As part of a manufacturing team in Tennessee, you’ll find more than just a job; you’ll find a family support career that gives you the chance to do and try a job you may not have known existed.

Bradley Jackson

So, those looking to work with cutting-edge tools such as augmented reality, 3D printing, robots and more have ample opportunity to do so.

These jobs are going to be widely available for a long time. Companies are looking for people with all skills and all levels of education, because workshops are constantly changing and evolving and because the demand for high quality manufactured products always seems to increase.

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This job includes exciting opportunities to work with cutting-edge, headline-grabbing technology. Cities in Tennessee are increasingly dominating lists of America’s technology hubs, and the number of manufacturers opening facilities here continues to grow.

At the Lodge Museum of Cast Iron, visitors can learn about the history and manufacture of cast iron cookware.

According to a study by Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute, manufacturers will need to fill about four million jobs by the end of the decade. This industry is not content with just showing help announcements either.

The Creators Wanted Tour, a joint project of the National Association of Manufacturers and its workforce development and education partner, The Manufacturing Institute, passed through Nashville last month. Companies like Electrolux, FactoryFix and Schneider Electric were on hand to discuss the many opportunities their facilities offer.

The Tennessee Chamber of Commerce, NAM’s state partner, was proud to support the event, along with other initiatives in Tennessee such as Be Pro, Be Proud TN, a mobile workforce center for getting the message about these great careers to students across the state. .

The Creators Wanted Tour raises awareness and interest in manufacturing careers, with networking opportunities, resources, and a roving mobile experience including a mobile ‘escape room’. It offers manufacturing-related challenges for the next generation of makers, their parents, and educators to solve as they learn more about modern manufacturing.

This is the perfect time to start a career or to consider your next career move. Tennessee’s manufacturing community is ready to welcome anyone with a creative mind or the drive to become one.

If this sounds like exactly what you’re looking to do, we look forward to meeting you!

Bradley Jackson is President and CEO of the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Tennessee Manufacturers Association. Jay Timmons is President and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers and Chairman of the Board of the Manufacturing Institute.