Friday, May 16, 2014

Is there a shortage of engineers?

Check out this video from the editors of Design World where they address the topic of a shortage of engineers.  This is a new feature from Design World is called Editors on Topic where our panel of experts review various topics relating to engineering.



The comment that I find of particular interest is by our Senior Editor, Mary Gannon, who reflects on the overall shortage of technical workers.  I hear this comment from manufacturers as I visit their plants.  In trying to expand a manufacturing operation, one of the most difficult tasks is hiring qualified machine operators.

For fluid power, the National Fluid Power Association has addressed this very topic through a variety of job training initiatives.  For more information, go to their website at www.nfpa.com and click on the Education & Careers tab.

Having a shortage of workers sounds like a good problem for our nation's workforce situation.  However, it does hurt in the area of reshoring of jobs.  In order to bring manufacturing back, we need trained technical workers.

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