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Component manufacturers promote career paths to enter manufacturing.

November 26, 2019

Connecticut aerospace component manufacturers
promote career paths to enter manufacturing
Recruiting the next generation of aerospace manufacturing employees is critical to Connecticut’s Aerospace Component Manufacturers (ACM) association, spurring the organization to pitch career opportunities to young people.
Connecticut aerospace manufacturing activities
• Airframe
• Aerospace systems
• Gas turbines 
•Manufacturing service providers 

Manufacturing career opportunities
• Machine operators/machinists
• Sheet metal fabricators
• Welders
• Assemblers
• Internal transportation/drivers
• Technicians
• Supervisors

Business support
• Sales, business development
• Accounting, financial management
• Procurement
• Business management

• Office staff, clerical 

Technical support
• Engineers
• Numerical control (NC) programmers
• Quality engineers
• Manufacturing engineers
• Process engineers
• Lab technicians
• Maintenance workers

• Supervisors

Quality assurance• Inspectors
• Coordinate measuring machine (CMM) operators   
• Technicians
• Supervisors

Financial benefits
Aerospace career paths typically include higher than average pay and benefits such as medical/dental/vision/life insurances, paid vacations and holidays, 401K plans, profit sharing, and tuition reimbursement. Average annual salaries are:
Entry level positions: $28,000 to $39,000
After two years (average performer): $37,000 to $48,000
After two years (high performer): $54,000 to $68,000
After five years (average performer): $51,000 to $62,000 
After two years (high performer): $68,000 to $82,000 
After two years (CNC programmer): $80,000 to $110,000