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Power Transmission Distributors Association is...

more than 370 power transmission/motion control distribution and manufacturing companies, representing over $16 billion in product sales.

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What Is Power Transmission/Motion Control Distribution?

Industrial distribution is a multi-faceted field, with career opportunities in all disciplines—from sales and operations to marketing, IT and business management. Power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) distribution is a subset of industrial distribution. PT/MC distributors supply industry, manufacturers and government with the products, parts, services and solutions needed for a modern society to function efficiently and safely

PT/MC distributors wear many hats and operate as the sales and marketing arm for manufacturers of industrial products like bearings, conveyor belts, fasteners, power transmissions, electrical products, fittings, chain and gearing to name a few.

PT/MC distributors sell to other businesses. You’ll find a PT/MC distributor out in an oil field working with the energy company on a solution to prevent drill clogs one day and inside a domed stadium consulting with the building architects about what type of equipment is needed to most efficiently open and close the stadium roof the next day.

For those who would rather not be out and about all day, there are plenty of internal positions open at PT/MC distributor employers such as customer service and marketing or warehouse management.

PT/MC distributors are problem solvers. They work to find the best solution for their customers’ problems in a quick and efficient manner.

For those people that need to learn more about the industry, especially for students who you might be interested in keeping in your talent pipeline, we have a whole website that helps to explain what you do. Here people can learn about the products you sell, the customers you serve, the many types of positions you have in your company. Send people to IDCareers.org to educate themselves or the people in their lives who are looking for great careers right now about the great career opportunities available in power transmission/motion control distribution.


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Help Me Explain What I Do!

Word-of-mouth or referrals from current employees are the most powerful recruitment tools an employer has. But, have you ever tried explaining what you do for a living to students, parents or career changers? Power transmission/motion control distributors and manufacturers do so many things in the course of a day that the job is not always easy to explain to others, especially when there is no prior knowledge of the field.

PT WORK Force® is making it easier to explain what you do so others are able to say “Ah, now I get it" with four “one-minute conversation starters” (based on who you’re talking to) to help explain what you do.
Click on the group you will be talking to below.

Each is approximately one-minute long when spoken. You can use these as they are OR adapt to your own style. The words highlighted in each one are what is important to that particular group. Feel free to change the wording so you are comfortable with what you are saying. Make it your own.

You can direct those who want to know more to www.idcareers.org, a website with information on the power transmission/motion control industry. A short video on what a day for an outside sales rep might be like is also available.


If you have any suggestions on how to explain power transmission/motion control distribution to those who may not know anything about the field, please send them to foundation@ptda.org.