2013 Leader Under 40: Jason Scales, 38
Welding Education Specialist, The Lincoln Electric Company, Cleveland, Ohio
Jason Scales, 38
Welding Education Specialist
The Lincoln Electric Company, Cleveland, Ohio
Years at the Lincoln Electric Company: 2
BS Agricultural Education, University of Central Missouri; MS Technical and Occupational Education, University of Central Missouri; PhD Agricultural Education, University of Missouri
“Jason made the decision to leave a career in public education to pursue a profession in manufacturing,” said Carl Peters, director of training. “Aware of the growing need for skilled and highly educated employees, Jason had a vision to motivate and educate employees to meet the technical competency required in a manufacturing environment. As part of his career path, Jason’s greatest impact has been to develop training curriculum for the welding industry to increase the technical aptitudes of future employees. Jason exudes leadership qualities that effect change, the ability to implement change, and passion to make a positive difference.”
Why a career in manufacturing?
“I choose a career in manufacturing after spending 13 years in public education to help advance training and curricula development. The need for training in manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and globally has never been higher. To meet the challenges that are present in manufacturing will require the development of high-quality training materials and courses to help increase the technical competence for employees. The challenge to develop and deliver high-quality programs and content drew me to the manufacturing sector.”
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey