Hitchiner Manufacturing Providing Training and Jobs in NH
Whether you are a recent high school graduate or have been working for years and want a career change, there are good paying jobs in New Hampshire available to those willing to train for them. Manufacturing jobs today require skills in technology, mathematics, and problem-solving, but not everyone looking for work has all these skills. More and more New Hampshire companies are working with schools and other organizations to provide training these workers need to begin a career in manufacturing.
The NH Business and Industry Association has said there is a "critical shortage" of people able to fill the open jobs in NH, especially in the manufacturing sector. There are roughly 3,700 advanced manufacturing companies in NH, and last summer, the state had an estimated 1,600 job openings at manufacturing companies. For people looking for work, this is excellent news, but if they've never worked in manufacturing before, training for these jobs can be overwhelming.
High-tech jobs in NH
Advanced manufacturing, or the use of innovative technology to improve products or processes, is a growing industry in NH. Despite declines in recent decades in traditional manufacturing, advanced manufacturing has maintained a foothold in the region because our educated, skilled workforce helps us compete. At companies like Hitchiner, we specialize in making high-quality components for the aerospace, automotive and defense industries, and have been using innovation and high-tech methods for years.
As we've seen the job market tighten, Hitchiner has developed a number of job training programs to ensure highly skilled and hardworking people interested in a career in manufacturing can find jobs in NH.
Job training starts in school
Hitchiner has been a part of the Milford community for decades and has invested in local schools and nonprofits as part of our company's overall philosophy of being good neighbors. Working with the Milford School District, Hitchiner helped develop STEAM workshops for more than 250 students in grades 2 through 8. STEAM, which stands for science, technology, engineering, art, and math, is a key component to public education today, helping students not only brush up on math and science skills but also encourage them to think critically and creatively as well. These workshops include extracting strawberry DNA, 3D modeling and employing manufacturing skills to build key tags using a mill. Developing an interest in science, engineering, and math, as well as innovative thinking, is key to gaining the kinds of skills needed in manufacturing jobs in NH.
We also work with many programs that focus on high school students, especially those who face challenges or do not intend to go to a four-year college. The manufacturing process training program with MY TURN in Manchester has resulted in students going directly from the program to a job at Hitchiner. These programs provide not only the skills needed for manufacturing jobs in NH, but also offer general life skills, such as personal finance and communication skills. Earlier this year, nine students graduated from the program, and seven now work at Hitchiner.
The state estimates there are roughly 80,000 people who work for an advanced manufacturing company in NH. These jobs in NH also have good salaries, with an average wage of $1,200 a week. Overall, salaries and benefits paid by NH's manufacturing companies contributed roughly $6.4 billion to the state's economy. With unemployment at record lows, now is as good a time as any to consider a career in manufacturing.
Careers At Hitchiner Manufacturing
Full-time careers are available at Hitchiner Manufacturing. We are dedicated to investing in your success by providing free on-site health care and tuition assistance. Hitchiner places a high value on training and education, through our generous tuition assistance benefit. View our current career opportunities and learn more about employment at Hitchiner Manufacturing.