Makers wanted

Manufacturing is the creation of new products, either from raw materials or components. It’s all about producing things which go on to help people live their lives.

Manufacturing jobs are increasingly coming back to the U.S., providing millions of Americans with employment opportunities that have not been available in decades. We are fortunate to have a great deal of manufacturing happening right here in the greater St. Louis region.

In manufacturing, you know exactly how your work matters. The products you create are real. They’re tangible. You can look at them and know precisely what their impact is. Plus, the industry is so vast that you could be making anything – from wires and cables, to plastic toys, or even airplane parts. You can actually say, “I made that!”

Available Courses

True Manufacturing

When you work at True Manufacturing, you are part of a world-class company. Students in this program will learn how to touch-up the interior and exterior of refrigeration units, identify refrigeration unit parts, use air and power tools, and perform subassembly and kitting tasks.

Students will participate in class presentations, discussions, and hands-on training activities. Coursework will be completed at the Skills Center, thanks to a generous donation of replica classroom equipment and supplies from True Manufacturing.

Upon successful completion and hiring, students will begin careers as part of a production team that manufactures the highest quality commercial refrigeration equipment in the world.

Cambridge Air Solutions

Cambridge Air Solutions is an industry-leading HVAC firm committed to enriching lives through the design, manufacture and application of commercial and industrial space heating, ventilation and evaporative cooling products. Training and employment will take place at the company’s location in Chesterfield.

This program is unique in that students will train on-site at the company while also working full time as Maintenance Technicians. Students will learn pre-assembly tasks, paint prep, and assembly skills as well as the tenets of Lean Manufacturing, safety guidelines, and how to use various hand and power tools.

Upon successful program completion, students will permanently join a team known for its continuous improvement, respectful culture, and activities that enrich life beyond the work floor.

Newco Enterprises

Newco Enterprises is a leading manufacturer of quality commercial coffee and tea brewers, coffee makers and other equipment for the office coffee supply industry. Training and employment for this program takes place at Newco’s headquarters in St. Charles.

In this program, students will train on-site at Newco for three hours a day, Monday through Friday, to become an Assembler. During the last two weeks of training, students will actually begin working while they continue to receive two hours of on-the-job training each day from their vocational instructor. Students will learn how to assemble coffee equipment, perform various subassembly tasks using power and hand tools, follow standard operating procedures, and more.

Permian Plastics

Permian Plastics is looking for talented, hard-working individuals to join its plastic injection molding team. Students in this program will learn how to assemble and package products on high-speed assembly lines and operate machines and secondary equipment. 

Coursework for this program will be held in two different locations to maximize authentic learning. Students will spend the first week in the Skills Center utilizing laboratory instruction. During the next seven weeks, students will receive vocational training on-site at Permian Plastics, where they will be trained to perform Machine and Secondary Operator production tasks. 

Natoli Engineering

Natoli is the recognized global leader in tablet compression tooling manufacturing. Students will learn skills such as reading blueprints, using precision measuring equipment, filling fluids, operating machines and more.

Coursework begins at the Skills Center and then moves on-site at Natoli. In week two, students also begin full-time work as paid employees. Three hours each workday count toward the vocational training requirements.

After graduation, students will permanently join the Natoli team where they will have their choice between full- or part-time work across three different shifts.