Construction Equipment Manufacturing
Today, manufacturing construction equipment is similar to producing a Cadillac. If you
were to visit a construction manufacturer you would see machines coming off the
line with air conditioning, joy stick controls, ergonomically correct seating,
satellite systems and of course - computers. It's a far cry from many years ago.
The 2000+ companies in the construction manufacturing industry design and build a vast range of
machines, everything from tower cranes to saws. When the machines are complete
they are then sold to a distributor or rental company who sells or rents the
machines to an end user who is most often a contractor. Manufacturers also support
their products by producing parts that are needed to repair the machines.
Is this the career path for you? There are many fulfilling career paths in manufacturing that require
specific attributes in order to be successful. For example timing, dexterity,
coordination, and visual skills. A person drawn to this field is typically intrigued
by what is happening with a machine itself, with the processes being done by
the machine, with materials being used by the machine, quality of materials
coming from the machine, and how and when to make adjustments and provide maintenance.
The right person for a career in manufacturing is highly motivated to participate
in activities where awareness of technical and mechanical standards as they
relate to quality and precision are paramount. An additional trait manufacturing
companies look for in individuals is a highly developed sense of perception,
thinking, and logic due to the need for exact precision, high quality and an
almost zero tolerance for defects or error.
An example of a few manufacturing careers these traits are needed in are: welding, machining, drafting,
electronics, engine technology, and engineering.
Because technology is advancing so rapidly it is important that construction equipment do the same.
Billions of dollars are spent every year on developing new types of equipment
for new applications. For example, on-board computers are used to monitor
and control the machines mechanical and other vital functions. Global positioning
satellites systems are technologies that allow companies to keep track of where
their equipment is at all times. In addition it allows the transition of engine
and other performance data to end users and service personnel. It is very likely
that soon, the on-board computer and satellite technologies will enable
operating engineers to control machines from a distance rather than from inside the cab.