The Manufacturers Association of Maine is committed to connecting your passion with your educational pursuits. The end result? Paving the way to your future in high-tech manufacturing.

Maine’s manufacturing industry has evolved into a high-tech, high-paying workplace.

The Manufacturing Career Connection program is designed to help all Maine students explore their passions, uncover educational opportunities and connect to Maine industries, which are growing and cultivating their own generation of workers.

Explore Maine’s manufacturing opportunities and the careers in each of these categories.


Aerospace careers work with complex equipment used in spacecraft, aircraft, and the military. These careers involve ensuring that various parts of spacecraft, aircraft and missiles are in proper working order.

Alternative/Renewable Energy

Renewable energy involves working with alternative forms of energy. A career in this field would involve implementing environmentally sustainable systems to handle the energy needs of companies and individuals.


Aquaculture is the cultivation of aquatic plants and animals in a controlled environment. Aquaculture is now the fastest growing animal-production industry, and it represents nearly a 100 billion dollar industry worldwide. There are a variety of careers available to those interested in this field. These opportunities range from farm workers to accountants to engineers, among many others.



Biotechnology researchers investigate both plant and animal life at the molecular level. Researchers use a variety of tools to accomplish their work including: electron and optical microscopes, chemistry laboratory equipment, radiology, dissection equipment and computer-based analytical software.


This includes work in boat yards, boat design, architectural design, engineering, wooden/composite boat repair, restoration, and construction.


Composites manufacturing involves combining two or more materials to produce lightweight and stronger components. Bioplastics are plastics derived from renewable biomass sources, such as vegetable fats and oils and cornstarch. Careers in composites and bioplastics are inclusive of many industries including packaging, boat building and renewable energy component manufacturing.


The industrial electronics manufacturing process for the electronic assemblies found in many of today’s electronic devices. The process includes many steps such as: component and PCB manufacturing, mounting surface-mount components, mounting through-hole components, de-paneling, cleaning and drying, case-up, and testing.

Semiconductor device fabrication is the process used to create the integrated circuits that are present in everyday electrical and electronic devices. Careers range from high-tech fabrication design to engineering.


The commercial production and packaging of foods that are fabricated by processing, and combining various ingredients.

Medical Device Technology

A medical device is an instrument, apparatus, implant, in vitro reagent, or similar or related article that is used to diagnose, prevent, or treat disease or other conditions. Examples range from simple devices such as tongue depressors, medical thermometers, and disposable gloves to advanced devices such as computers which assist in the conduct of medical testing, implants, and prostheses. The design of medical devices constitutes a major segment of the field of biomedical engineering and manufacturing.

Precision Manufacturing

Precision manufacturing is the building of metal structures by cutting, bending, and assembling processes. This includes such careers as fabricator, assemblers, welders, blacksmiths, milling & turning and CNC operation.

Pulp & Paper/Wood Products

The pulp and paper industry comprises companies that use wood as raw material and produce pulp, paper, board and other cellulose-based products.


Technicians perform installations and repairs of computerized robotic systems. There are several specialties to choose from within the field of robotics. Some of these include machine automation, medical robotics, cybernetics, quantum mechanical systems, air traffic management and a variety of other areas that utilize robots to make work processes easier for humans.


The textile industry is primarily concerned with the production of yarn and cloth and the subsequent design, manufacture, and distribution of clothing. The raw material may be natural or synthetic using products of the chemical industry. Modern manufacturing has opened the door to high performance textiles which can incorporate electronics, composite materials, recycled materials, and more.