Advanced Manufacturing

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Tulsa Does More Than Assemble. We Unite.

Tulsa’s manufacturing industry has been experiencing rapid growth. In 2018, the sector grew nearly twice as fast as overall employment at 4.7%, now employing more than 22,000 individuals and spawning growth within several other industries, like logistics  and aerospace and defense.

The Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance has been instrumental in empowering the advanced manufacturing sector within the city. The Tulsa Regional Chamber Manufacturers’ Council has created a forum for company owners to discuss concerns and issues with their peers so that the industry remains its strongest.

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  • Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance
  • Tulsa Tech
  • Tulsa Community College (TCC)
Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance
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Creating Efficient, Innovative Operations

In a world dominated by big business, Tulsa’s manufacturing industry makes room for small to medium-sized businesses. Since 1992, the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance has been the only statewide entity focused on the manufacturing industry. The organization works with manufacturers to access, diagnose and optimize operations. In fact, Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance reports $75 in new sales and $19 in new factory improvements for every dollar invested at the federal and state level.

Through the organization, Governor Kevin Stitt launched Connex Oklahoma in 2021 — a free online supply chain database for manufacturers to connect, find suppliers and explore production capabilities, and view their supply chain visually. The platform also encompasses the “Manufacturing Marketplace,” developed by the National Association of Manufacturers and comprised of more than 165,000 U.S. manufacturers.

Tulsa Tech
Laser-Focused on Best Practices for Your Business

With a 96% positive placement rate and an 86% completion and retention rate, Tulsa Tech bridges the gap for real-world experience. Tulsa Tech offers premier workforce development training in advanced manufacturing, fabrication and welding. Courses are fully customizable either on-site or at Tulsa Tech’s AWS-Certified Testing Facility, with labs and curriculum that reflect today’s evolving manufacturing industry. Continuous improvement services are also available to businesses, bolstering production capacity through lean Six Sigma Certification and value stream mapping.

Tulsa Community College (TCC)
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Powering Tulsa’s Manufacturing Talent

Tulsa’s pipeline of talent in advanced manufacturing is growing with expertly led instruction from TCC. TCC’s Manufacturing engineering program prepares students for such roles as machinist, assembler and technician, with classes at an average size of 17:1. Upon graduation, students can take the nationally-recognized Certified Production Technician exam, ensuring their readiness for the workplace. Students from Tulsa Tech can seamlessly build on their existing knowledge at TCC to earn an Associates of Applied Sciences in advanced manufacturing programs like welding fabrication, mechatronics and applied engineering technology.

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Michelle Barnett
Svp, Economic & Workforce Development michelle@partnertulsa.org (918) 606-4728