We visited Advanced Manufacturing Week and here’s what we found!

Our local manufacturing industry is booming! We hit up Australian Manufacturing Week to find out how students can score jobs in this exciting field 

It’s not all high-vis and production lines – advanced manufacturing careers are diverse and exciting and demand next-gen skills in cutting-edge tech. 

Artificial intelligence, automation, and the development of next-gen processes like additive manufacturing, digitalisation and air technology has created a fourth industrial revolution. And the best bit? It’s growing – and fast. 

What jobs are there in manufacturing?

At the moment, the Australian manufacturing industry employs approximately 860,000 people, and indirectly supports the employment of an additional 1.8 million

And get this – prior to Covid, the industry was generating more than $100 billion in value annually for the economy, with over $50 billion in exports!

Working in advanced manufacturing can include STEM careers as diverse as:

  • Logisticians
  • Electricians, welder and plumbers
  • Manufacturing managers
  • Mechatronics engineers
  • Process engineers
  • Design engineers
  • Fitter/machinists
  • Team leader/project manager/ or general hands

It could also include accountants, business admin, as well as science, engineering, trades, supply chain and apprentices.

Pathways aren’t limited to university Bachelors degrees either! VET, paid apprenticeships, graduate certificates or diplomas, associate degrees and graduate employment programs will all help you land a job. 

Missed the event? Watch the webinar

Teach high school students keen on heading down a practical, hands-on STEM path? We hosted a free webinar where students had the opportunity to interact with different panel members including Dr Scott Sleap who discussed the Advanced Manufacturing iSTEM elective. Watch it here.


Cassie Steel

Author: Cassie Steel

As Refraction’s digital editor, Cassie Steel spends her days researching robots and stalking famous scientists on Twitter.


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