Manufacturing jobs on the rise in the NorthwoodsSubmitted: 07/19/2017

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RHINELANDER - Those looking for jobs in manufacturing don't have to go to a big city to get a job. There are a lot of opportunities right here in the Northwoods.

Nicolet College held a manufacturing expo with both educators and employers Wednesday to show the community what opportunities are available in the field.

"It's just a really good opportunity to see what the education pathway looks like for manufacturing, but then also that end game at the very end to see what the sacrifice was worth when you look at employment opportunities," said Nicolet College Career Coach Angeline Kesler.

People learned about jobs in welding, electromechanics, and industrial mechanics.

"There are a wide variety. There are anything from the basic welding to reading blueprints, putting products together but also the robotics of the equipment, maintaining those robotics, creating how the electronics work within them, so it's a really wide variety of fields," said Kesler.

She says jobs in manufacturing provide a sustainable wage and are also in high demand right now.

"The biggest thing is just to show people that there are a lot of really good job opportunities in this area," said Pioneer Equipment office manager Ricky Brice. "I think it kind of goes unknown sometimes that there are very good careers and well-paying jobs here right in their back door."

Nicolet offers both short- and long-term training in manufacturing, ranging from six months to two years.

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