Hot Job Alert: Manufacturing in Alberta

As Alberta’s economy continues to recover and is currently second in the country in growth, the job market is seeing a return of manufacturing jobs. In 2017, nearly 120,0001 Albertans were employed in manufacturing.

For employers, it has become increasingly difficult to find operators and many companies are instead opting to invest in their teams by providing training and development opportunities.

For job seekers, it is critical to up skill and obtain the required assessments, licensing and certification.

If you’re thinking about a job in manufacturing, read on!

What gets manufactured in Alberta?

More than 9,1001 companies manufacture goods and products that include2:

  • Food
  • Wood products
  • Printing and related support activities
  • Chemical
  • Primary metal
  • Fabricated metal products
  • Machinery
  • Computer and electronic products
  • Furniture and related products

Which jobs are employers hiring for?

The most common job opportunity in the market is for Material Handling Equipment (MHE) operators, which includes reach, forklift and power pallet jack operators.

How do I get a job in manufacturing?

The Career Leap Program is a great resource for anyone looking to get into skilled trades and manufacturing, and offers job seekers the opportunity to get the training, personal protective equipment and certification they’ll need in the workplace.

Call Manpower today to see how you can get started in the world of manufacturing!

1 Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, Alberta Manufacturing Statistics (2017)

2 Calgary Economic Development

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