A manufacturing trade group estimates there are 600,000 factory jobs available in the US right now. Many of them are in skilled work, like machining. And most of these jobs are held by Baby Boomers, who are edging closer to retirement. But many of their Gen Y descendents–who were raised on tales of mass layoffs and jobs moving overseas–aren’t betting on the new rise of American manufacturing. Slowly, though, some of these young workers are reconsidering factories. StateImpact recently visited the machine shop at Nashua Community College,where we spoke with some younger students about why they’re putting their faith in advanced manufacturing.
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Matthew Bachelder is another 21-year old Nashua resident. He came to NCC after two years working as a restaurant dishwasher. "So that was motivation enough to say, time to get better experience," he says. “I’ve got a friend who’s also in the field, and just the way he’d talk about it, it sounded like a lot of fun, and it was better than what I was doing before, so I figured it would be good to try to get into an actual trade. It’s only my first year here, and I’ve already had like three opportunities to go get a job somewhere else in the machining field. So it’s pretty easy, you know. Especially in Nashua. There’s a lot of places you can go look around. You can make bearings or gears or anything, you know, it all just depends. Anything that’s made out of metal there’s a requirement for. And a lot of things are made out of metal.”