Over the past two years, there has been a steady increase in the number of manufacturing jobs created in the United States. Whether it has been created from the nationwide “Buy Local” movement, the onshoring mentality, or President Barack Obama’s initiative to create manufacturing institutes across the country, the number of U.S. manufacturing jobs is on the rise. These jobs, however, aren’t your mom’s and dad’s manufacturing jobs, and many of them are left unfilled. Read more
As advanced technologies command more skilled engineers in the manufacturing space, companies are finding a shortage of talent. Recruiting the best engineers is often a matter of having a fundamental hiring strategy in place, and two professional engineering recruiters shared their insights with IMT Career Journal on how this can be done most effectively.
Strategies to connect veterans to advanced manufacturing jobs are moving beyond job postings and meet-and-greet hiring events. The newest emerging efforts include specialized technology training to help solve two key challenges at a fast pace: reintegrating thousands of ex-servicemen and women into civilian life and filling the shortage of high-skilled jobs across the industry.
U.S. senators are taking action to strengthen the nation’s manufacturing competitiveness with the bipartisan Revitalize American Innovation Act of 2013, which is intended to support and expand on the Obama administration’s proposal for a National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) and accelerate the creation of high-tech manufacturing jobs.
As more middle-market manufacturers adopt advanced techniques, they find better profitability and business growth. The major challenge with incorporating these specialized manufacturing techniques, ranging from automation to information technology, is a lack of workers with adequate skills, a detriment to business growth, according to new research by the National Center for the Middle Market (NCMM) and the National Association Manufacturers (NAM), which highlights strategies to reverse the worker gap.
Supporting workforce and economic development in the Minneapolis-St. Paul region is a core priority for the Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Economic Development Partnership (Greater MSP), which is currently exhibiting in Germany at Hannover Messe, the world’s largest industrial trade show, ending Friday. Greater MSP, a public-private nonprofit partnership, has been promoting the region’s manufacturing sector at Hannover Messe, the grand-scale industrial event that consists of a lineup of leading trade fairs covering a number of different industries and markets. Read more
Plus: U.S. Trade Deficit Expands, China to Dominate World Auto Market, American Advanced Manufacturing Losing Market Share, and Jobless Claims Inch Up. Read more