Manufacturing Career Spotlight: Beyond the Plant Floor
Sales Executive Jake Money has become well-versed in the Manufacturing space over the last several years. From intern to full-time employee, he’s learning the ins and outs of industrial maintenance and how his role plays a part in making factories run better. Here’s his story:
While studying Business at Westminster College, I secured an internship with Advanced Technology Services (ATS) and got to experience U.S. manufacturing up close and personal. I witnessed raw materials go from their natural stage and transform into a brand-new car. I saw how much cost, time and effort goes into creating one roll of toilet paper. I even got in on the action at one plant for a true hands-on experience. The work was eye-opening and fascinated me. It was then that I knew – manufacturing was the industry I wanted to start my career in.
I decided to take a chance and move somewhere I had never been – an area in the southeast close to a large manufacturing belt – so I could further understand how industrial maintenance supports the manufacturing industry. Industrial maintenance, or manufacturing in general, was never on my radar before I worked at ATS, but after my internship experience, I realized how essential it is to our economy. Maintenance keeps production equipment running, which means it’s a large part of everything we as consumers use on a daily basis (including the computer or cellphone you’re reading this on).
When I realized how much of an impact ATS makes on the overall production process, I became more passionate about the business – and my work felt more meaningful. I never thought about the opportunities a Business major could have in an industry that is technical at its core. However, without operations, sales, finance, accounting, HR, and other support departments, ATS wouldn’t be able to make factories run better. The manufacturing industry is a complex synergy of multiple departments, roles and job functions, and as a young student looking for an internship, it’s a great industry for exposure to the various divisions that make up any organization.
After my internship ended, I was hired on as a full-time Account Manager at ATS. My day-to-day entails working directly with manufacturers to help them meet their production goals and overcome any maintenance challenges they face. The manufacturing industry isn’t what it used to be – many manufacturing facilities are becoming modern, brightly lit, technology-focused environments. Manufacturing is the backbone of the American economy and being a small piece in the puzzle that helps it run more efficiently is truly rewarding work.
Without my internship and the early exposure I received to the world of manufacturing, I wouldn’t be able to execute my job the way I do today. For young adults looking to get ahead of the curve, the manufacturing industry and a manufacturing career provides an experience that will propel you to achieve success, no matter where you end up.
Jacob Money is an Sales Executive for Advanced Technology Services.