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Michigan Lightweighting Employer Demand Up Over Q2 2016

Online job postings for lightweighting-related advanced manufacturing occupations in Michigan increased by five percent between Q2 and Q3 2016, from 28,902 to 30,325, illustrating the trend of increased employer demand for advanced manufacturing workers. This according to a new report from LIFT – Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow.

The quarterly reports, highlighting the employment trends, top jobs, and required skills in advanced manufacturing through Q3 2016, are completed with research and analysis from WIN (Workforce Intelligence Network) and cover each of the states in the LIFT region, including Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee.

“Increasing employer demand demonstrates an ongoing need for a steady supply of skilled workers across the region,” said Emily Stover DeRocco, education and workforce development director for LIFT. “As companies continue to seek new talent, our goal is to educate and train tomorrow’s workforce to the knowledge and skills in demand from this growing, dynamic sector.”

The top in-demand lightweighting-related occupations in Michigan in Q3 2016 were: Maintenance and Repair Workers (3,126 postings), Laborers and Freight, Stock and Material Movers (2,893 postings), Mechanical Engineers (2,029 postings), Electrical Engineers (1,829 postings) and Production Workers (1,641 postings).

“Advanced manufacturing jobs are a driving force for employment growth in Michigan,” said Joseph Petrosky, Dean of Engineering & Advanced Technology, Macomb Community College. “Collaboration among key industry partners and educators will be instrumental in closing the skills gap and fostering a qualified talent pipeline in the state.”

The full Michigan report can be viewed at: http://lift.technology/education- workforce-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 www.lift.technology 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.