Keeping You Awake
At Night?


Looking for skilled employees?

Keeping You Awake
At Night?


Looking for skilled employees?

baby boomers retire EACH DAY!

That's 4 million skilled workers per year.

As Baby Booms continue to leave the workplace, they bring with them valuable experience and skills that widen the skills gap.

Cost of unfilled jobs to the US Economy

$13 billion per month

$160 billion annually

Millennials are

more likely to have a college degree than baby boomers

Time it takes to Fill a Job
Working Days

Middle skill jobs are ones that require more experience than a high school diploma but less than a 4-year college degree. The average time a "middle skill" job is open is about 40 days.

Things do look better for Manufacturing

Americans believe
manufacturing is vital


Important to economic prosperity


Important to Americans' standard of living


of Americans believe the US should further invest in manufacturing


believe it should be national priority

Americans support
manufacturing job creation

Ranked #1

by parents of school age children, Gen X, and those familiar with the industry

*Source: Deloitte




Worried about security and stability


Not a string career path


Does not pay enough

"For companies like Airbus, our focus is on ensuring there are no gaps in having a skilled workforce. We have to look ahead 15, 20, 30 years into the future. So we need to encourage today’s youth to look at manufacturing jobs as something they can and want to do from a young age. A 4-year college or university education isn’t for everyone."

-Daryl Taylor, Vice President & General Manager, Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility

Industry familiarity
increases positive perception

Those familiar with manufacturing are nearly

2X as likely

to encourage children to pursue a manufacturing career

The Alabama Community College System knows that manufacturing is the backbone of our nation’s economy and is a wealth creating industry.

You know we are facing workforce shortages. ACCS is making every effort to help close that gap but ACCS cannot make these initiatives work by themselves. Get involved with your community, your local Community Colleges, your local high schools, and your future employees.

ACCS is going statewide with the Dream It Do It program and plans to have a DIDI Ambassador at every Community College campus.

Their function will be to assist companies in getting involved with their community’s school systems to help show young students the opportunities for careers in today’s manufacturing. The initiative includes class visits to promote manufacturing careers, student and educator tours of manufacturing facilities, Career Pathways Fairs, internships, job shadows and other career experiences. Your ACCS Ambassador is there to help assist companies with connections, planning, and actual events.

Manufacturing Day

October 5, 2018

Find An Event

We need your help!

MFG Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of makers, builders and dreamers. Although Manufacturing Day officially occurs on October 6th, any day around that time can be a Manufacturing Day event. This is an opportunity to showcase the amazing work your manufacturing employees are doing on a daily basis. Any company can initiate or participate in a Manufacturing Day event. Some suggested activities are plant tours, hiring events, classroom visits, career fairs, and open houses.

Visit www.mfgday.com for more ideas and resources. We ask that everyone register their activities on www.mfgday.com.

What is the
Certificate Program?

The Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) is the nation’s leading industry-led training, assessment and certification organization focused on the core technical competencies needed by the nation’s frontline production and material handling workers.

Certified Production Technician

The Certified Production Technician (CPT) program addresses the core technical competencies of higher skilled production workers in all sectors of manufacturing. Certificates are awarded in Safety, Quality Practices & Measurement, Manufacturing Processes & Production, and Maintenance Awareness and Green Production.


  • Customer Needs
  • Communication and Leadership
  • Team Building and Decision Making
  • Safety Organization
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Fire and Electrical Safety
  • Hazardous Material Safety
  • Aligned with OSHA 10

Quality Module

  • Blueprint Reading
  • Basic Measurement
  • Precision Measurement
  • Dimensional Gauging
  • SPC and Control Charts
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Inspections and Audits
  • Prevention and Correction
  • Documentation

Manufacturing Processes
and Production Module

  • Mechanical Principles
  • Materials and Material Testing
  • Production Processes
  • Machining Processes and Tooling
  • Procedures & Process Documentation
  • Production Planning and Workflow
  • Packaging and Distribution

Maintenance Awareness

  • Basic Electrical Circuits
  • Pneumatic & Hydraulic Power Systems
  • Lubrication
  • Bearings and Couplings
  • Belt and Chain Drives
  • Machine Control Concepts
  • High Vacuum Systems
  • Laser Systems

Certified Logistics Technician

The Certified Logistics Technician (CLT) program addresses the core technical competencies of higher skilled, frontline material handling workers in all supply chain facilities: in factories, warehouses, distribution centers and transportation companies.

MSSC ensures competency in critical work functions of manufacturing and logistics, with ROI data showing 70 – 80% higher performance by MSSC.
CPT and CLT are both accredited under ANSI-ISO 17024 (Personnel Certification). In the U.S., the CPT certification meets the standards of 6 million front-line production jobs, and the CLT certification meets the standards of 5.8 million front-line material handling and distribution jobs.