What to expect from a career in the Manufacturing Industry
Working in the manufacturing industry requires a broad skill set and the flexibility to handle a number of different tasks and situations. Whether you choose to specialize in one particular manufacturing industry, train for a variety of industries or specialize in metal fabrication, manufacturing and fabrication programs at Ontario colleges give you the skills and hands-on experience you need for a successful career.
If you have the flexibility, endurance and drive to work in the manufacturing and fabrication industry, here’s what you need to know.
Manufacturing and Fabrication Courses
Some Ontario college manufacturing and fabrication programs are broad, teaching skills and theory that can be applied to a number of industries. These skills include mechanical and industrial maintenance, pneumatics and hydraulics, welding and much more.
Other manufacturing and fabrication programs are more specialized, focusing on particular industries, such as:
- Wood manufacturing
- Aerospace manufacturing
- Robotics manufacturing
- Automotive manufacturing
While these programs include many of the same skills taught in general manufacturing and fabrication programs, they will be taught from a specific industry perspective. Students will also get a deeper understanding of the industry targeted in their program than would normally be given in a broad manufacturing program.
General Manufacturing and Fabrication Programs
Ontario college manufacturing and fabrication programs typically require an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent. A grade 12 English and math credit may also be required, and physics and chemistry credits are recommended.
Manufacturing and Fabrication Jobs and Salaries
Graduates of manufacturing and fabrication programs have a number of job opportunities available to them, including mechanical technicians, manufacturing technicians, industrial mechanics, metallurgists and more. Industries for employment include steel, transportation, aerospace, trade contracting and more.
Salaries in the field will vary depending on the industry and the position, but entry-level positions usually start between $30,000 and $45,000 a year, with the potential for $60,000 or more with experience.
Ontario Colleges Offering Manufacturing and Fabrication Programs
Use the left-column navigation to refine your search by College, Program Availability, Program Start Date and more, or see the table below for a complete list of manufacturing and fabrication programs at Ontario colleges.