Top STEM Careers For Students To Check Out

Top STEM Careers For Students To Check Out | ECPI UniversityIndividuals with a knack for numbers, inventions, and science might be able to look forward to some promising careers. STEM fields, those fields within Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, provide some of the fastest-growing jobs in the country. In 2008, these fields had a projected job growth of 17% by 2018, compared to 10% for all other fields.

To fully take advantage of the growing STEM job market, however, it is necessary to figure out which jobs in particular are the most promising. At the moment, the best fields to enter are accounting, computer systems analysis, mechatronics, and industrial engineering: [Read more...]

EXPO Reveals the “Truth” About Manufacturing Jobs

EXPO Reveals the “Truth” About Manufacturing Jobs | ECPI University | MFGDAY14They came with robots, 3D printers, and advanced machinery of all types. Manufacturers from across Coastal Virginia arrived at ECPI University ready to change some minds. It was all part of a nationwide event called Manufacturing Day Expo, held on October 3. Sponsored by a coalition of professional associations and leading manufacturers, it was one of many such events held simultaneously at cities around the nation, all with one purpose in mind: to dispel the outdated myths associated with manufacturing careers.

“It’s nothing like it used to be,” says ECPI University Virginia Beach Campus President Kevin Paveglio. “People who work in manufacturing operate in a more automated and rewarding environment. They use technical skills to trouble shoot, set-up and program components like robots, automated systems and computers…and they experience very competitive compensation and benefits.” What’s more, according to a recent study by Deloitte Touche, there are an estimated 600,000 technical jobs waiting to be filled throughout the nation…and that number is growing. [Read more...]

What Will Mechatronics (robotics engineering) Look Like in 5 Years?

What Will Mechatronics (robotics engineering) Look Like in 5 Years? | ECPI UniversityMechatronics is an exciting career that blends three different disciplines into one exciting profession: electronic, mechanical, and computer engineering. When most people think of mechatronics, they think of robots on automobile assembly lines, but it goes much deeper than that. For example, Ohlins Racing is using  mechatronics to improve the performance of motorcycle suspension systems. Leveraging technology initially developed for the racing world, they’re able to scale it to accommodate a much broader market.

When it comes to advanced manufacturing, mechatronics eliminates some human interaction in the process, lowering production costs. It also makes the process more efficient and less error-prone. All of these factors are very attractive to most management teams and virtually guarantee that they will invest in this technology more heavily in the coming years. [Read more...]

3 Organizations Preparing Students for Manufacturing Careers

3 Organizations Preparing Students for Manufacturing Careers | ECPI UniversityIn a world inundated with products and services, it can be easy for most people to forget the huge, underlying engine that drives it all: manufacturing. No matter what the economy is projected to look like in the future, manufacturing will always be relevant – barring, of course, total economic collapse. Manufacturing is the seed of high technology, and it is advancing at an astonishing pace.

As technology fuels America’s return as a leading manufacturer, it is creating a steady supply of highly-skilled jobs for people who can program, maintain, and troubleshoot automated machinery and robotic devices. However, the demand is far outpacing the supply, creating a major skills gap. [Read more...]

What Manufacturing Careers Really Look Like Today – Infographic

What Manufacturing Careers Today Look Like | ECPI UniversityAsk most any student what careers they might be considering and it’s unlikely they will list manufacturing. For the most part, other careers are promoted much more vigorously toward those who are well-versed in the science, technology, math and engineering.

Manufacturing is the engine that drives over 17 million jobs in the United States alone – and that number is growing.

However, there isn’t a single field that completely encompasses these related subjects better than manufacturing, which is the sole industry that feeds all other product and service-oriented industries across the United States and the world. [Read more...]