According to a study done by SelectUSA “Machinery manufacturing is one of the largest and most competitive sectors of the U.S. manufacturing economy.” While there was a “sharp decline in exports in 2009,” there has been a significant recovery and “exports of capital equipment totaled $166 billion in 2015.”
Although there is a “wide range of machinery manufactured in the United States,” the five that have led “U.S. exports in 2015” are: construction machinery, engine equipment, turbines and turbine generator sets, industrial process controls, and agricultural equipment.
Since November 2016 there are more than one million Americans employed directly in machinery manufacturing and these jobs have stayed at approximately the same level since 2006.
Jobs available in Machinery manufacturing are “primarily in highly-skilled, well-compensated trades and professions.” These include “team assemblers, machinists, welders, tool-and-die makers, and mechanical and other engineers.”
Sub-sectors of this industry include: Agricultural and Food Machinery and Equipment, Aerospace, Automotive, Construction, Energy and Mining.