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Major Industries

Advanced Manufacturing

From Design to the Line: Innovative Careers are Waiting for You in Michigan

A world of possibilities awaits you in Michigan’s advanced manufacturing industry with robotics, Industry 5.0, and other smart factory technologies creating endless possibilities for high-tech careers that build products used around the world.

Have a sharp mind and a spirit for innovation? Companies like L3 Harris, BAE Systems, DOW and Bosch employ the best and the brightest, allowing you to help develop products that improve everyday life as well as support mission-critical defense operations. And if you’re interested in finetuning your skills, several statewide programs offer key instruction and on-the-job training opportunities and apprenticeships.

Advanced Manufacturing by the Numbers

Gold Shovel

Award Winner For Creating 2,619 Manufacturing Jobs in 2021

Michigan Economic Development Corporation

Increase in Manufacturing Jobs from 2009-2021

Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Opportunity
Up to $96K

Annual Salary for Mechanical Engineering Technicians in Michigan

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Major Advanced Manufacturing Companies in Michigan

Michigan's advanced manufacturing companies are building on the state's rich manufacturing heritage and technological know-how to develop the innovative, high-tech products of the future.

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American Axle

Locations in: Detroit
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FANUC logo


Locations in: Rochester Hills
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Dow Inc. logo

Dow Inc.

Locations in: Midland
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General Dynamics logo

General Dynamics

Locations in: Sterling Heights
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Bosch logo


Locations in: Farmington Hills
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BASF logo


Locations in: Southfield, Wyandotte
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L3 Harris logo

L3 Harris

Locations in: Grand Rapids
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Masco Corp. logo

Masco Corp.

Locations in: Livonia
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Lear logo


Locations in: Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids, Traverse City
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Stryker logo


Locations in: Kalamazoo
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Magna logo


Locations in: Auburn Hills, China Township, Highland Park, Holland, Lansing, New Hudson, Newaygo, Novi, Plymouth, Southfield, St. Clair, Sterling Heights, Troy, Warren
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Denso logo


Locations in: Battle Creek, Southfield
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Kawasaki logo


Locations in: Grand Rapids
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BorgWarner Inc. logo

BorgWarner Inc.

Locations in: Auburn Hills
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Ford Motor logo

Ford Motor

Locations in: Dearborn
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General Motors logo

General Motors

Locations in: Bay City, Detroit, Flint, Lake Orion, Lansing, Pontiac, Romulus, Saginaw, Warren, Wyoming, Ypsilanti
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Perrigo logo


Locations in: Allegan, Grand Rapids, Holland
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Whirlpool logo


Locations in: Benton Harbor
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Stellantis logo


Locations in: Auburn Hills
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ZF logo


Locations in: Auburn Hills, Farmington Hills, Fenton, Fowlerville, Lapeer, Livonia, Marysville, Northville, Washington
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Joyson Safety Systems logo

Joyson Safety Systems

Locations in: Auburn Hills
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Tenneco logo


Locations in: Northville
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Bissell logo


Locations in: Grand Rapids, Walker
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Steelcase logo


Locations in: Grand Rapids
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Haworth logo


Locations in: Holland
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Gentex Corporation logo

Gentex Corporation

Locations in: Holland, Zeeland
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SKF logo


Locations in: Dexter, Plymouth Township
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Triumph Group logo

Triumph Group

Locations in: Macomb
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Adient logo


Locations in: Battle Creek, Detroit, Holland, Lansing, Madison Heights, Plymouth, Warren
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Kawasaki Robotics logo

Kawasaki Robotics

Locations in: Wixom
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Learn More About Advanced Manufacturing in Michigan

  • Upskilling & Apprenticeships
  • Industry Advocacy & Networking
  • Companies
Upskilling & Apprenticeships

Turnkey Programs for Direct Employment

Michigan is home to one of the largest advanced manufacturing workforces in the United States, thanks in part to its commitment to upskilling and work-based learning programs. For example, MI Apprenticeship is a free service that can connect you with a registered apprenticeship. Michigan Works! offers a range of training and education programs, and Michigan Reconnect provides eligible workers with the opportunity to enroll for free in community college programs.

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Industry Advocacy & Networking

A Trustworthy Environment for Your Manufacturing Career

Michigan is home to various agencies that advocate for the manufacturing industry, such as the Michigan Manufacturers Association and the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center. Through events like the annual MFG Day, Michigan celebrates the contributions of manufacturers to the state’s economy and educates the public about career opportunities within the industry.

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Diverse Businesses Seeking In-Demand Talent

Ready to become a part of Michigan’s next-gen manufacturing leadership? From legacy automotive manufacturers and companies like Eaton to newly expanded businesses like Waupaca Foundry, the Great Lakes State is a major hub for manufacturing companies. The state was even a Manufacturing Gold Shovel Award recipient in 2021 for creating more than 2,600 jobs across companies like Detroit Manufacturing Systems, Magna International and Bridgewater Interiors, LLC.

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