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A CALL FOR QUALIFIED WORKERS: TELLA TOOL INVESTIGATES THE STATE OF MANUFACTURING & STEM

Imagine a manufacturing unit work floor. The machines are huge and archaic. And they turn workers into just another cog in the system facilitating rote jobs. In fact their presence is a nod to the company’s policy of retaining human employees. The truth is the computer is enough to get everything done!

Now turn the clock forward to 2016 and take a look at the global economy. Offshoring is no longer as lucrative as it used to be. Enterprises are returning to the US soil in record numbers and they need talent to get their factories operational. And lean production paradigms like Six Sigma are creating factories that are equipped with cutting edge technological advancements to minimize wastage. Machining is no longer a push button operation. Each unit comes with its own level of challenges requiring skilled craftsman with backgrounds in mathematics, metrology, metallurgy, and machining to ensure defect free final products. If the Best Workplaces in Manufacturing and Production survey is to be believed, punch and leave employees now make up just 26% of the workforce. 34% of the labor is now skilled and qualified. And the need of such white collar specialists will only grow with time.

Let’s Take a Look at STEM:

The skill gap in US is no secret. There are more available jobs in the manufacturing sector than there are potential candidates. And this is why many industries have to contend with employees who are not a good fit for the positions they are accepted into.

The country needs more young minds in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics collectively known as STEM. Currently only 5% of US laborers are engaged in jobs that require STEM knowledge. And 40% of students who plan to graduate in STEM disciplines end up choosing something else.

The problem lies in the image of STEM fields and manufacturing. They are both viewed as difficult, uninteresting and unrewarding. This perception has to be revised. Students need to be shown that a STEM background can allow them to earn roughly two times more than their peers in other disciplines and that manufacturing is now a futuristic space with potential for real growth and perks down the line.

Tella Tool Supports STEM & Manufacturing:

As market leaders in precision metal stampings, assemblies, fabricating and CNC machining, Tella Tool is proud to wholeheartedly support STEM endeavors and practices such as Manufacturing Week. To know more about our values and our services, contact us here.

Manufacturing Day

This month the United States celebrated Manufacturing Day. Manufacturers across the country opened their doors to local students, curious adults and even politicians to showcase that manufacturing in the country is alive and well.

When many people think about manufacturing, they think of their grandfathers in old dimly light and dangerous factories, but that’s not the case anymore; manufacturing today is a high-tech endeavor. In order to get the tight tolerances many customers need, factories are well equipped with CAD/CAM technologies. These computer programs allow workers to not only meet deadlines and specifications, but also allows them to do it safely.

Manufacturing is also thought as a low wage, low skill job and that assumption is very far from the truth! Manufacturing workers earn over $75,000 annually including pay and benefits. And with such a great salary, one would think there aren’t enough jobs for all the applicants. Unfortunately that isn’t the case either. Since manufacturing has become more high-tech, workers need to be a little more skilled than they were even a few decades ago. For that reason, there has been a skills gap and there are jobs that are going unfilled due to that. The good news though is that many companies are more than happy to offer on the job training for those who wish to get into the manufacturing sector.

October is Manufacturing month in Canada and we think our neighbors to the north are onto something. Manufacturing deserves more than one day, it deserves the whole month because it is so important to the economy and offers such a great career that many people may not think about. To get a good look at what a modern manufacturing company looks like, check out our video here. And if you think this is a career path for you, contact us today!