With a civilian labor force of 178,815 (Nov. 2020) and an education attainment rate of 90.6%, the Flint MSA has the manufacturing know-how and talent pipeline to support business growth and expansion.
Engineering is one of Flint & Genesee’s top ten industries, employing more than 22,000 workers. The concentration of engineering firms in Flint & Genesee is nearly four times higher than the national average; the concentration of industrial and mechanical engineers is higher than the national average.
A robust talent pipeline with three universities and a community college, as well as several Michigan-based university regional campuses, delivers a combined student enrollment of nearly 30,000.
Kettering University’s department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineers is considered the West Point for engineers. The University of Michigan-Flint offers a BS and MS in Engineering. Mott Community College produces an industrial trade workforce with Associate and Certificate programs in Engineering, Manufacturing, and Industrial Technologies that target careers in automotive technology, air conditioning/heating technology, computer-aided drafting and design, electronics and electrical technology, robotics, mechanical operations/machining, and welding.
Other well-known Michigan-based universities have established satellite campuses in Flint & Genesee including Ferris State University, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Northwood University, and Spring Arbor University.