Joseph Bryant, Precipart’s director of manufacturing, was quoted extensively in a Newsday special section discussing STEM Education, and the steps taken by leading business and educational institutions to avert a shortage of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) workers in the years ahead.
According to Newsday, 2.4 million new U.S.-based manufacturing workers will be needed to work in science and engineering industries in the next decade. Those workers possessing up to date computer skills will find themselves in demand. Currently, according to Mr. Bryant, “there is a greater need for programmers as we retire manual machines and replace them with Computer Numerical Control machines and robotics.”
Those workers with other (non-programming) STEM skills will also likely attract the continuing interest of employers. Mr. Bryant noted that “because we are growing rapidly, we find ourselves seeking support staff and interns with STEM degrees or credentials in information technology, accounting, digital marketing and film.”
Precipart’s partnerships with local educational institutions on Long Island help to identify and train future manufacturing workers. Such partnerships let the company find “employees in application software and computer science as well as the mechanical, industrial, biomedical, biomechanical and manufacturing engineering fields.” Partner institutions include the BOCES Eastern Long Island Academy of Applied Technology STEM high school in Patchogue, and Suffolk County Community College.
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