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Skills Gap Solutions: Q&A With Jeff Owens

February 19, 2015 3:36 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Last year ended with some bad news: U.S. average hourly earnings shrank in December. The lack of competitive wages in the manufacturing industry contributes to the skills gap, or the shortage of qualified workers applying to available jobs. I had the opportunity to sit down with Advanced Technology Services...

Re-Skilled Workers Bring The Industrial Internet Of Things To Life

February 18, 2015 9:40 am | by Sudarshan Krishnamurthi, Senior Product Manager, Cisco, on behalf of Industrial IP Advantage | Articles | Comments

The explosion of the Internet of Things (IoT) holds huge potential for manufacturers in 2015....

MI Governor Puts Renewed Emphasis On Blue-Collar Jobs

February 17, 2015 1:31 pm | by David Eggert, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Only a few short years ago, Michigan leaders talked excitedly about diversifying the state's...

Re-skilled Workers Bring The Industrial Internet Of Things To Life

February 12, 2015 1:58 pm | by Sudarshan Krishnamurthi, Senior Product Manager, Cisco, on behalf of Industrial IP Advantage | News | Comments

The explosion of the Internet of Things (IoT) holds huge potential for manufacturers in 2015....

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Even As U.S. Job Market Picks Up, Unemployed Face Frustration

February 7, 2015 9:24 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The job market remains a frustrating place for America's 9 million unemployed — perhaps more so as hiring has accelerated along with job postings. The pace of job growth over the past three months was the fastest in 17 years. The gains spanned nearly every industry, and some employers have...

Obama To Tout Community College Plan At IN Town Hall

February 6, 2015 2:34 pm | by Jeni O'Malley, The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama's proposal to make two years of community college free will get a key test Friday as he travels to Indiana, a red state where making college more affordable and increasing graduation rates are squarely in the spotlight. Obama's plan is part of a proposed budget that increases taxes on the wealthy and aims to...

Industry Groups: Manufacturing Day Events Saw Nearly 400,000 Participants

February 2, 2015 10:28 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Last year's Manufacturing Day campaign involved nearly 400,000 participants at 1,679 total events, organizers said, smashing participation goals for the year. More than 260,000 people joined live events hosted by manufacturers between Oct. 3 and Dec. 12, while the remainder joined a dozen virtual...

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Coal Mining Simulator Coming To Southern IL

January 27, 2015 3:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two Illinois colleges are planning to build a simulator that will allow coal miners to train how to react in emergencies without having to set foot in a mine. The simulator that Southeastern Illinois College and Illinois Eastern Community College plan to build will have features such as an imitation-smoke system...

Education, Bias-Breaking Keys To Women's Rise In Supply Chain

January 27, 2015 9:29 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor, Industrial Distribution | Articles | Comments

The labor shortage in the supply chain and manufacturing industries has been well-documented, and increasingly as that shortage continues to grow. Corrie Banks and Kleo Landucci, executives at logistics services providing companies, can’t stress enough how they’d like to see fellow females continue to enter the supply chain workforce...

Industry Group Issues Record Number Of Metalworking Credentials

January 23, 2015 10:22 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The National Institute for Metalworking Skills issued a record number of credentials last year to individuals seeking to join or advance in the precision manufacturing industry. The Virginia-based group, which sets metalworking skills standards, issues certifications and accredits training programs...

A Leader In Apprenticeships: Oberg Industries

January 22, 2015 10:48 am | by Editor | Blogs | Comments

Donald E. Oberg, founder of Oberg Industries, knew the importance of training his employees so they had the skills and knowledge necessary for his company to make the complex metal components his customers needed. So he launched an employee training program soon after starting his company in 1948.

Skills Gap Predictions For 2015: Rising Wages And More Training

January 16, 2015 4:53 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

The skills gap, or the documented gap between the number of manufacturing jobs available and the number of talented workers available to fill those positions, was undeniably one of the hottest topics in manufacturing in 2014. In her article “Why The Manufacturing Skills Gap Is Serious,” Anna Wells, Executive Editor of...

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High-Tech Talent: Why Know-How Is No Longer Enough

January 16, 2015 1:30 pm | by Tom Sons | Articles | Comments

Recently, I came across a number of stats that, for those of us in the manufacturing sector, paint a very bright picture of the foreseeable future. If, like me, you keep an eye on trends and an ear to the ground for good news, of particular interest to you might be a study conducted by the...

Illinois Community College To Offer Degree In Fracking

January 16, 2015 10:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A southwestern Illinois community college plans to offer a petroleum drilling technology degree program this fall that is  aimed at preparing graduates for careers in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Illinois signed off on long-awaited rules to govern the high-volume oil and gas drilling process within its borders...

Free Community College: Pathway To A Valuable Education?

January 15, 2015 2:13 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

Bloomberg speaks to Gail Mellow, president at LaGuardia Community College, about the Obama initiative to make community college free.  Do we need more mechanics and plumbers, or does America need more entrepreneurs graduating from community colleges? Gail Mellow, president....

Report: Employee Training Can Reduce Cyber Security Risks

January 13, 2015 2:49 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Increased investment in employee training can reduce the risk of a company's cyber security attack by up to 70 percent, according to a new study. The analysis, compiled by Pittsburgh-based Wombat Security Technologies with Boston research firm the Aberdeen Group, showed altering employee...

Tracing Trends In Manufacturing, Construction: Q&A With Dan Parkinson

January 6, 2015 3:48 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

As the national economy gains momentum, industries like manufacturing and construction are migrating South to take advantage of states' right-to-work statuses. At the same time as these industries are growing in the South, the average age of workers getting higher and the interest level from students is...

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Honda Opens Museum, Training Facility

December 19, 2014 9:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda is opening a new training facility in central Ohio, along with a museum that pays tribute to the automaker's history in North America over a half a century. The company unveiled the $35 million Honda Heritage Center on Thursday in Marysville, where its North American operations are...

Jobless Veterans Get Elite Training For New Careers

December 10, 2014 10:49 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Many veterans returning from wars overseas face a new challenge at home: finding a job. Some are getting extra help to make the transition from combat to the cubicle. Wyatt Andrews met the vets who are learning a valuable new job skill...

2015 Design For Direct Digital Manufacturing Competition Seeks Submissions

December 3, 2014 2:10 pm | by SME | News | Comments

SME’s annual Design for Direct Digital Manufacturing Competition is calling for high school and college student designers to submit custom designs featuring additive manufacturing. The competition is sponsored by the Direct Digital Manufacturing Tech Group, which is part...

Pack Expo Top 10

December 2, 2014 11:27 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Check out the top ten trends spotted at this year's Pack Expo.  We look at the expressive robot Baxter, fog computing, Modified Atmosphere Packaging, Parker Automation's SCOUT, Honeywell's wearable Dolphin, Dorner's SmartPace Conveyor, food safety reforms, the...

Coding Academy Helps IN Close Tech Skills Gap

November 23, 2014 12:03 am | by Leisa Richardson, The Indianapolis Star | News | Comments

Willie Pritchett is a Purdue man. He graduated in 2000 with an undergraduate degree in organizational leadership and minors in communications and computer science. He has an MBA from Indiana Institute of Technology. And if he had it to do again — he would not. Pritchett, an entrepreneur and...

Obama Plugs STEM Education At Ceremony

November 20, 2014 2:12 pm | by Darlene Superville, The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama said Thursday that 19 scientists, researchers, and innovators who received the country's highest honor for their life-changing work embody the spirit of the nation and its "sense that we push against limits and that we're not afraid to ask...

Manufacturing-Related Student Enrollments Rise By 36%

November 19, 2014 12:50 pm | by Manufacturers Resource Center | News | Comments

Manufacturers Resource Center (MRC) is proud to announce a 36 percent increase in manufacturing related student enrollments in three of the region’s career & technical schools: Lehigh Career and Technical Institute (LCTI), Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical...

EverFi, NAM Launch Future Careers Initiative

November 6, 2014 2:10 pm | by Jamie Hennigan, National Association of Manufacturers | News | Comments

EverFi, Inc., the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and The Manufacturing Institute have launched a national initiative to develop and market career opportunities in manufacturing to students across the United States. EverFi will work with the NAM’s more than 14,000 member...

Looking to Expand? Workforce, Transportation, Location Are Key

November 5, 2014 2:29 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

As I mentioned in my recent article “Manufacturing Growth: Missouri Got It Right,” Missouri is currently experiencing a huge surge in the manufacturing sector. I discussed the resurgence with Ms. Amy Susan, the Director of Communications and Marketing for the Missouri Department of...

Manufacturing Growth: Missouri Got It Right

November 5, 2014 9:21 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Missouri manufacturing is certainly having a moment. I recently chatted with Ms. Amy Susan, the Director of Communications and Marketing for the Missouri Department of Economic Development, and she shared some of what Missouri did right to revive its economic growth in the wake of the Great Recession. It seems that the key...

Girls Only: A Way To Close The STEM Gender Gap?

November 4, 2014 1:36 pm | by Kim MacGregor | Articles | Comments

The numbers told the story. Elk Grove High School administrators could see that incoming freshman girls with high math scores weren’t enrolling in the school’s Introduction to Engineering Design class, while their male counterparts were. In other words, girls with the aptitude to excel in the...

Goldie, The Newest Pioneer For Women In STEM

October 30, 2014 10:14 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | News | Comments

My attention has been drawn to the issue of woman in STEM careers a few times in the past couple of weeks. First, when Manufacturing.Net Associate Editor, Bridget Bergin, wrote about the lack of women in manufacturing and STEM careers, and the need for a modern Rosie the Riveter to drum up more...

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