The face of manufacturing is rapidly changing. Advances in technology and automation are increasing productivity and increasing the demand for highly skilled workers. Businesses are experiencing shortages of machinists, operators, and technicians as well as industrial engineers and manufacturing engineers. Today, careers in manufacturing offer higher hourly wage and benefit compensations than other non-manufacturing industries. With the median age of the manufacturing workforce at 44.7 years there is a need for young, skilled workers to enter the manufacturing field.