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How Veterans Could Help Manufacturing Fix The Skills Gap

April 9, 2014 11:19 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Articles | Comments

When it comes to understanding the need for reliability and maintenance, it’s hard to look further than veterans — they know the stakes if a piece of equipment fails. As a former fighter jet pilot, Michael Aroney is familiar with high-risk endeavors, and what keeps them as low-risk as possible — maintenance is absolutely necessary to the equation.

Obama Says Students Need Help Getting 'In-Demand Jobs'

April 7, 2014 1:04 pm | by Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Obama announced more than $100 million in grants for two dozen schools across the...

AME Institute And Kronos Announce New Scholarship

March 27, 2014 10:19 am | by AME Institute | News | Comments

“Nearly 80 percent of manufacturers in the U.S. are facing a shortage of skilled labor. In...

U.S. First Lady Tells Students In China To Aim High

March 25, 2014 10:20 am | by Didi Tang, Associated Press | News | Comments

Michelle Obama encouraged rural Chinese students to aim high and get a good education despite...

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Secrets to Attracting & Hiring Talent for Hard-to-Fill Positions

March 12, 2014 2:39 pm | White Papers | Comments

Finding top manufacturing talent isn’t easy, and it’s even harder to find skilled candidates for specialized positions.  Watch the webinar recording to learn tips for attracting skilled workers and how recruitment technology can help you fill these hard-to-fill positions faster.

Halliburton Donates To UW Energy Lab

March 5, 2014 8:09 am | by Ben Neary, Associated Press | News | Comments

Halliburton is the latest corporation to support construction of an energy research laboratory at the University of Wyoming in response to the state's push to improve energy and engineering programs there.           

Chicago Lands New Digital And Design Manufacturing Hub

February 25, 2014 1:59 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | News | Comments

The President has announced the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDI), which will be headquartered in Chicago, Ill., and funded via a $70 million grant that state and private entities will match to the tune of $250 million.


Win The War For Top Manufacturing Talent

February 21, 2014 11:47 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Webinars | Comments

It's no secret that manufacturing companies are struggling to fill the gap for skilled workers. According to a study by the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), manufacturing headcount is projected to increase by 49.1%! With thousands of positions out there, how will your organization find the best candidates for your jobs? How will you beat out your competition? How will top talent find your available positions? 

Alcoa Cultivates Manufacturing Education In Southern Calif.

February 21, 2014 10:49 am | by SME Education Foundation | News | Comments

Nurturing students’ innate creative abilities and setting them on a pathway to prosperity with upgraded skills and a broader range of knowledge, doesn’t just “happen.” Alcoa Foundation, New York, N.Y. has pledged $220,000 to support PRIME (Partnership Response In Manufacturing Education), a community-based approach to manufacturing education.

Plan Aims To Elevate Michigan As Logistics Hub

February 12, 2014 11:05 am | by Michigan Economic Development Corporation | News | Comments

The newly established Commission for Logistics and Supply Chain Collaboration, which holds its first meeting Feb. 11, aims to develop a statewide strategy featuring a partnership between government and industry in the pursuit of raising the international profile of Michigan’s logistics capabilities.

What The World Would Be Like If Engineering Didn't Exist

February 5, 2014 2:49 pm | by Jenny Ann Beswick | Blogs | Comments

We, as engineers, all play a vital role in the world actually functioning. Without these job roles being fulfilled by skilled people, the world would start to break down slowly. A world without engineering would be a world without humanity, our ability to design and create makes us unique in the natural world.

Recruit And Retain: Strategies To Close The Manufacturing Talent Gap

February 5, 2014 11:25 am | by Jeff Turner, President and Founder, Turner Machine Company | Articles | Comments

Technological advancements within the industry have increased need for a highly skilled workforce. In the face of this gap, industry leaders must also contend with aging workforces, negative perceptions of the market, and a lack of up-and-coming workers with the interest or training they need for available positions.


Wis. Plan For Worker Training Gets Support

February 5, 2014 11:05 am | by Scott Bauer, Associated Press | News | Comments

The measure would use the money to eliminate waiting lists for high-demand fields such as manufacturing and computer technology at technical colleges, help high school students get trained for high-demand jobs through dual enrollment programs, and support programs that help people with disabilities find work.

Leading The Way On A New Manufacturing Generation

February 5, 2014 9:54 am | by Timm Johnson, Vice President Sales/Marketing – Spee-Dee, and Chairman of the Education and Workforce Development Committee – PMMI | Blogs | Comments

I want to invite you to go take a walk out onto your shop floor. Notice anything else about your workforce? Some of them may be graying and soon preparing to retire. The age of your workforce represents a good opportunity for qualified younger employees to step in and launch their career. The problem you face is finding that young person.

Tooling U-SME Unveils New Resources For Training Workforces

February 4, 2014 4:13 pm | by Tooling U-SME | News | Comments

The Competency Framework, created in conjunction with a cross-section of experts from manufacturing and academia, features a comprehensive series of competency models in nine manufacturing functional areas. The new tool is made up of more than 60 defined job role competency models, each outlining knowledge and skill objectives for job roles in production, technician, lead technician/technologist and engineer levels.

Sen. Coons Praises Federal Skills-Training Review

January 30, 2014 4:59 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | News | Comments

U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del) praised President Obama’s memorandum, signed Thursday at a General Electric facility in Waukesha, Wis., to the Secretaries of Labor, Commerce, and Education that instructs a comprehensive review of the nation’s job training programs.

Clearing Up The Top Hazard Communication Misconceptions

January 30, 2014 2:34 pm | by Cintas Corporation | Articles | Comments

“With the HazCom standard’s GHS training requirement now in effect and the New Year in full swing, many organizations are scrambling to train workers and determine what requirements they will face next, while others still are unclear if GHS applies to their business,” said Tom Lally, Director of Training and Compliance, Cintas.


Obama: Job Training Must Reflect Changing Economy

January 30, 2014 11:59 am | News | Comments

Stressing the need to train workers for jobs of the future, President Barack Obama kicked off a government-wide review of federal job-training programs Thursday and pledged to expand the ones that work best.        

Fla. Gov. Wants To Boost Job Training Efforts

January 24, 2014 11:56 am | News | Comments

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is calling for spending $30 million a year on new job training programs. Scott on Thursday announced the initiative during a stop at a convenience food manufacturer. The programs will be focused on fields in science, technology, engineering and math and high-demand areas.

Tracking The ‘Manufacturing Jobs For America’ Campaign

January 16, 2014 8:55 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Articles | Comments

In late 2013, U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) announced the “Manufacturing Jobs for America” initiative, which aims to “train Washington’s focus on manufacturing jobs.” The initiative, with 22 backers in the Senate, all Democrats, wants to bring new legislation to Congress and the President that will help American manufacturers grow.

Iowa Colleges Give Manufacturing Initiative Update

January 14, 2014 2:12 pm | News | Comments

The Iowa-Advanced Manufacturing Consortium, made up of Iowa's 15 community colleges, says more than 800 individuals have participated so far in programs funded through a $13 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. More than 120 individuals have completed a program with a diploma, degree or certificate.

U Of Minn. Starts Medical Device Master's Program

January 9, 2014 8:01 am | News | Comments

The University of Minnesota is recruiting students for a new master's program in medical device innovation. The program is under the Technological Leadership Institute, part of the university's College of Science and Engineering. The new curriculum is aimed at preparing students for managing the challenges of the medical device industry.

Best Logistics Advice For 2014: Dump Tribal Knowledge

January 7, 2014 9:42 am | by Tim Garcia, Apptricity Founder and CEO | Articles | Comments

I’d like to offer some food for thought when it comes to evaluating and improving logistics in your enterprise: Whatever else you do in 2014, make it a priority to dump the tribal knowledge you might be using to make mission-critical decisions. Instead, substitute the facts. While this may seem contrarian, it is actually essential.

A Look At What 2014 May Hold For Small Businesses

January 3, 2014 1:58 pm | by Joyce M. Rosenberg, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

What stresses small business owners the most? Our conversations with them and the research we come across suggest it's a lack of clarity. Well, there's no small business crystal ball — at least one we are aware of — but if one existed, here's a look at what it might reveal for 2014.

Will A Surge Of Older Workers Take Jobs From Young?

January 3, 2014 12:54 pm | by Matt Sedensky, Associated Press | News | Comments

It's an assertion that has been accepted as fact by droves of the unemployed: Older people remaining on the job later in life are stealing jobs from young people. One problem, many economists say: It isn't supported by a wisp of fact.

Manufacturing’s Renaissance Depends On Skilled Workers

December 23, 2013 12:17 pm | by Philip Odette, President, Global Supply Chain Solutions | Articles | Comments

Global shifts in costs, processes and consumer purchasing habits put the U.S. in a position to revitalize its manufacturing sector and enhance businesses and industry at home.  The only thing missing is enough skilled workers to maintain the momentum.

Finding And Keeping A Next-Gen Workforce

December 18, 2013 8:55 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Articles | Comments

Everyone in the manufacturing space has heard about the dramatic talent gap in the industry, where companies cannot find employees with the skills necessary to help run a high-tech operation. Knowledge in automation equipment, or with CNC machines, can be a rare commodity, with most young people moving toward other industries, and manufacturing-centric education faltering or disappearing elsewhere.

Intertek Announces New Engineering Scholarship And Internship Program For 2014

December 17, 2013 2:31 pm | by Intertek | News | Comments

Intertek, a leading provider of quality and safety solutions for a wide range of industries around the world, is unveiling a new internship and scholarship program to undergraduate students pursuing studies in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The Intertek Scholarship Program will award five scholarships up to $10,000, paired with an internship at an Intertek office, to be completed in the summer of 2014.

Aviation Schools Prepare For Boom In Drone Jobs

December 12, 2013 1:17 am | by Dave Kolpack, Associated Press | News | Comments

The university's unmanned aircraft degree program, the nation's first, exploded from five students in 2009 to 120 students last year. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Kansas State have since added similar programs.             

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