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Emerging technologies and partnerships were the overarching theme at this year’s National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers’ (NCATC) recent 30 th-anniversary conference. Smart Manufacturing, Industry 4.0 and work-based learning were catalysts for discussions about training a new generation, bringing trainers up-to-speed with new technology and providing manufacturers with flexible solutions for workforce education.
Chad Vincent is the director of lean manufacturing for American Railcar Industries (ARI) in Saint Charles, Missouri, where he leads the Lean Enterprise Program for the organization. He is a Certified Quality Engineer (CQE), Certified Reliability Engineer (CRE), Certified Manager of Quality/Operational Excellence (CMQ/OE), Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB), and is Lean Bronze Certified (LBC), Lean Silver Certified (LSC) and Lean Gold Certified (LGC). In this guest blog post, he reflects on his personal lean journey.
The manufacturing skills gap affects companies of all sizes, in all industries, in all parts of the country. Up to 2 million manufacturing jobs remain unfilled – and for small- and medium-sized companies in remote areas, filling the workforce pipeline can be a considerable challenge.

In the recently released Industry Pulse: 2018 Manufacturing Report, Tooling U-SME found that many actions companies can take to develop and retain employees are within their control, yet the majority are not taking these steps.
For years, the “the skills gap” has been threatening to slow growth in the manufacturing industry. At IMTS last month, Tooling U-SME released the Industry Pulse: 2018 Manufacturing Workforce Report which shows that despite repeated warnings, still little has been done when it comes to combatting the dangers of retirements, a decreased talent pipeline and the need for new, advanced technology skills. In fact, only two out of five companies (41%) agree that their company trains people to develop the right skills.
John Green, a precision machine technology instructor from Lorain County Joint Vocational School (JVS) in Oberlin, Ohio, shares how he and his team are encouraging students looking for career tech experience to explore career paths and enroll in one of the Lorain County JVS technical programs. Read how students gain skills while earning a diploma from their associate high schools, while businesses in the community support the graduates with job placement in various careers.
Manufacturers in America and around the globe are experiencing challenges finding skilled workers to fill available openings. Although there is optimism for sustained growth in the industry, the sector continues to face retirements and technology advancements that further impact the shortage of skilled workers. Another factor interfering with the industry’s progress is low awareness of, or interest in, manufacturing career opportunities among youth.

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  • Giving Tuesday Is Nov. 27: Please Help Support The SME Education Foundation (Scheduled Post)
    The SME Education Foundation supports and serves educators, students and communities. From scholarships available across the country to the SME PRIME Schools initiative, you can help sustain this commitment.  Manufacturing is becoming increasingly connected, automated and intelligent, marking a new industrial revolution. ... more