Calling all automotive industry professionals! Whether you’ve been changing tires, performing oil changes, or making repairs, it may be time to make a move. The automotive industry was hit hard during the COVID-19 pandemic. People are traveling less, and factory shutdowns led to furloughs and even lay-offs both abroad and here in the United States, dating back to April 2020. In some cases, like with Ford’s U.S. facilities, and in an attempt to reduce the spread of COVID, manufacturers suspended operations and paid employees at 75 percent of their regular wages through unemployment and supplemental wages. Not an ideal situation, but at least it was something. Along with offering buyouts to salaried workers, many production lines were also shut down and shifts cut. 

 We see that the automotive industry’s job losses have had a trickle-down effect on other related sectors.

Perhaps you did car repairs at a gas station, performed oil changes and tire rotations at gas stations, but were laid off. Know this kind of experience is transferable to manufacturing jobs, and opportunities do exist. Our recruiters are actively searching for candidates to fill regional assembly positions in Chelmsford and Beverly, Massachusetts. Therefore, if you’re a technician who previously worked in a tire store, a body shop, an oil change facility, and a repair shop, we want to hear from you!


Hiring for Manufacturing Jobs in Massachusetts

Assembly technicians are needed for all shifts, and responsibilities may include the assembly and disassembly of electromechanical units, subassemblies, and complete machine modules using standard processes documented in MICAs. If you’re looking for a flexible job with benefits, this may be the right job opportunity for you. 

Many manufacturers are beginning to normalize their production, and as a result, demand is on the increase. Working with FootBridge as a contractor allows clients to add to their workforce based on these rising production demands. When it comes to hiring, many candidates are temp to perm, and we’re speeding up this conversion for the right employees.  


The Benefits of Working in a Manufacturing Position

Many of our employees we hire say the great thing about manufacturing is that it offers advancement opportunities. You can start in an entry-level position, and many companies are willing to train the right candidate. It’s this reason we feel anyone who has worked with automobiles in any capacity would be a great candidate for the positions in which we are hiring.  Not only will you improve upon your technical skills, but you will also gain valuable experience.

Many of our candidates say they enjoy seeing their work come to life. Assembly technicians, for example, get to assist, maintain, and test products. What’s more,  manufacturing jobs pay well, offer flexible hours with overtime opportunities, and working with FootBridge means we pay employee benefits.  

Still not convinced manufacturing is the right job for you? Today’s manufacturing company is highly evolving,  valued, and uses advanced technology. In 2019 manufacturing employed 8.51 percent of the total workforce, and in December 2020, manufacturing saw more jobs added than lost.  As for hourly pay, manufacturing workers get paid 13 percent more than private-sector workers. Safety protocols during COVID-19 include face masks, social distancing, staggered shifts, temperature checks, and more. 

What’s it like to work as an assembly technician? 

Count on a steady workflow for starters, teamwork, and camaraderie.  If this sounds like you, please contact Anthony Bletsis, Program Manager, at

Additionally, visit our resources page to find information about resumes, interviews, and career advice.  To understand the differences between contract and permanent staff, visit our FAQ page.  To learn about assembly positions and more, visit our jobs page.