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.”
Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.