Roughly 4,000 manufacturing jobs open in Macomb County

(WXYZ) - According to officials, it is not well known, but there are thousands of jobs available in Macomb County .

Recently, there has been a greater need for manufacturing workers in Southeast Michigan.  Macomb County Chief Executive Mark Hackel told 7 Action News the types of positions manufacturing employers are looking for are not what you would typically expect.

"It's not like your grandfather's manufacturing facilities… it's not the manufacturing facilities of yesteryear's.  Its a lot more high skilled, much more technical as far as a job set, skills set to fill these positions,"  said Hackel.  

Hackel toured several plants in the county Friday as part of Manufacturing Day. 

He made stops at Ideal Technologies in Shelby Township, PTI Engineered Plastics in Macomb Township, and Fori Automation in Shelby Township.

Fori Automation is a local, global company which provides automation for automotive and aerospace businesses. 

It has customers such as the Big Three.  The company is one of many actively searching for new employees.

"One of their biggest concerns is to find people with the skill set to fill these job positions," said Hackel.

"There's a demand now for mechanical engineers… especially our area which is for machine design for people who have an engineering degree," said Fori Automation's Engineering Manager Paul Doan.

According to Hackel,  Macomb County Community College has received a grant of $25,000,000.  About $10,000,000 of the funds will go to training and retraining engineers and other skilled workers.

Places like Fori Automation are looking for a wide range of employees.  They offer tuition reimbursement and growth within the company.

The county executive told 7 Action News there are at least 4,000 manufacturing jobs available in the county alone and it is not too late to people train and re-train for them.

For more information on available jobs you can visit and search the Planning section.

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