Manufacturing Support

“It’s no joke: You can be creative with your mind and your hands, and make a product that’s of value.” —Altheha DrePaul, EJ Ajax

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What do manufacturing support workers do?

Bring your skills to an employer that values them, whether in accounting and finance, marketing and sales, graphic design, human resources, information technology, safety, strategic planning, scheduling, project management and other business needs.

Be part of a business that makes or contributes to the making of products. Work to solve problems alone and in teams.

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High demand

Companies are actively seeking trained manufacturing support workers.


A competitive salary

Manufacturing support workers in Minnesota earn wages on par with those in their field.

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Great exposure

If you’re curious about a wide range of technical skills and jobs, manufacturing runs the gamut.

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Wealth of variety

You can find work in numerous types of innovative industries, from beauty to boats to biotech.


Factory environment

Workplace might be loud or messy at times.

Specialists or managers in marketing, sales, training and development, logistics, shipping, finance and accounting, and more. Titles could include:

  • Controller
  • HR manager/generalist
  • Benefits coordinator
  • Training coordinator
  • Planner
  • Scheduler
  • Buyer
  • Project manager
  • Safety coordinator
  • IT administrator
  • Marketing communications associate

2–4+ years, depending on your specialty

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College programs in manufacturing support

Most Minnesota colleges and universities offer degrees in business, marketing and communications, computer science and other fields relevant to support manufacturing. Depends on the specialty you want to bring to your job. Options abound.


Research and information taken from Career OneStop, Career Manufacturing, CAREERWise Education (formerly iSeek), Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic, Minnesota State Colleges & Universities Workforce Assessment Initiative, National Association of Manufacturers, O*NET, The Manufacturing Institute, U.S. Department of Labor and Wanted Analytics. Information is subject to change without notice.

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