Modern manufacturing offers a chance to design and build the future, whether it’s inventing the latest aircraft or automobile, a lifesaving medicine or a new way to harness power. Across America, millions of manufacturers are working every day to make America, and over the next decade, manufacturers are expected to hire 3.5 million more people to do it.
Unfortunately, nearly half of those jobs may go unfilled due to a lack of trained workers. Our Creators Wanted campaign is designed to raise awareness about opportunities in manufacturing and share the stories of young manufacturers who are pursuing fulfilling careers and changing the world in the process.
We caught up with Karsten Gamble, a 29-year-old senior engineer at Eli Lilly, a manufacturer of life-improving technologies. Gamble, who works in Eli Lilly’s Indianapolis facility, explained what he finds rewarding in modern manufacturing and why others should pursue it.
What was your path to becoming part of modern manufacturing?
I graduated with a college degree in mechanical engineering and was then hired into a global manufacturing support role where I became curious about the work that occurs at the site level. Fortunately, I was able to transition into my current front-line support role to gain hands-on manufacturing experience.
What do you like best about your job?
I enjoy working within a cross-functional team where I have the opportunity to interact with members from Engineering, Operations, Maintenance and Quality every day.
Thinking about the next 5 to 10 years, what excites you most about where modern manufacturing is going?
The most exciting thing about the future of modern manufacturing is the predictive software in development. It would be incredible to have the data you need already generated for analysis.
Young people can go into lots of different careers—health care, banking, retail, etc. What are the advantages of going into modern manufacturing?
The two advantages are developing a broad and in-depth technical skill set and gaining an innovative perspective that there is always a better, more efficient way of doing something.
If you had to give young people the best reason to go into modern manufacturing, what would it be?
Going into modern manufacturing gives you the opportunity to be exposed to new technologies. This provides a continually changing environment where there is always something different to learn and master.
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