The United States is on the brink of another industrial surge thanks to global changes in manufacturing costs and purchasing habits. However, the U.S. is suffering a shortage of workers who have the skills to work in today’s manufacturing industry.
The average manufacturing worker in the United States is in their late 40s to early 50s, an age group that is rapidly approaching retirement age. Over the the next 10 years, this mass exodus of workers will leave U.S. manufacturers short when it comes to skilled workers with the right knowledge of modern equipment such as CNC rotary tables.
In increasing amount of equipment used by today’s manufacturers is computer operated. These technological advancements have changed the skills that industry workers need and makes specific training a requirement. To address this issue, the National Association of Manufacturers is gathering industry professional to look for answers.
So far, the ideas the team is working on include:
- Improving and increasing partnerships with government agencies
- Creating more post-secondary training programs
- Attracting more students to pursue engineering and technology degrees
- Increasing business-level training programs
- Offering incentive programs for workers who are willing to train for other positions
Across the nation, programs to train workers in using equipment such as CNC rotary tables and CNC accessories are being developed by states, colleges and even businesses.
A group of United States senators has also joined forces to build bipartisan support for modernizing the manufacturing industry. Thus far, about 40 bills have been proposed which aim to promote and strengthen U.S. manufacturing workforce, open overseas markets to the U.S., and make funding more accessible.