Women in Manufacturing

True or False: Manufacturing is a male dominated industry.

Answer: Manufacturing is a male dominated industry.

After looking over industry records, I found that women within the manufacturing industry only currently hold 27 percent of manufacturing jobs. According to the congressional report only 17 percent hold board seats, 12 percent are executive officers, and just 6 percent are CEOs.

For an industry that offers so much opportunity and growth, why aren’t there more women?

  • In August 2014, Women in Manufacturing (WiM) surveyed 877 women to uncover the divide between young women choosing a career and women with experience working in the manufacturing industry. Less than 10 percent of women in the 17 to 24 age range selected manufacturing among their top five career fields. Less than half thought the work would be interesting or challenging.
  • Among women already in the manufacturing sector, 82 percent said they found their field offered interesting and challenging work. Additionally, 74 percent of women felt it did in fact offer multiple career opportunities.
  • Sen. Klobuchar stated, ”We need to expand mentoring programs, improve workforce training and strengthen science, technology, engineering and math education so that more women and girls can see this sector for what it is: increasingly high-tech, innovative and critical to the future of our economy.”

What is Tube Bending Specialists doing to help with this movement?

Here at TBS, we have made it a point of emphasis to not only spread the word to middle/high school age females currently in the education system, but school age kids in general. Just like Sen. Amy Klobuchar, we feel that there needs to be more exposure for kids in the education system. In the past, students had the opportunity to take hands on classes (shop class, woodworking, etc.) Unfortunately for the manufacturing industry, many of those classes have been removed from schools altogether.

Our team has made it a priority to try and regain exposure for our industry. Some recent examples of this would be attending the “Wunderkammer Tech and Training Exploratorium.” The Wunderkammer model asks technicians to enthusiastically spark the innate curiosity about unexplored living wage career opportunities for workforce ready youth. Another example would be participating in a mentorship program with Henry-Sibley High School to help show the students valid career options that they may not have thought about or have been previously exposed to.