Future 30 program to recognize workforce development efforts

The issue of workforce development for the next generation of manufacturing remains the most important issue facing plant floor managers. A major part of that issue is showing young people why manufacturing is a successful and dynamic career choice for the 21st century. In an effort to call further attention to this issue, Plant Engineering and Mobil Industrial Lubricants will sponsor the Futur...

01/07/2010


The issue of workforce development for the next generation of manufacturing remains the most important issue facing plant floor managers. A major part of that issue is showing young people why manufacturing is a successful and dynamic career choice for the 21st century.

In an effort to call further attention to this issue, Plant Engineering and Mobil Industrial Lubricants will sponsor the Future 30 program in 2010. Future 30 will recognize 30 individuals under the age of 40 around the United States who have made manufacturing their career.

“More than any other issue during the last four year, plant managers have told us that they need skilled workers to meet future challenges,” said Plant Engineering editor Bob Vavra. “Future 30 will provide examples of how and why young people in manufacturing made this career choice. We have talked a great deal about the 'Skills Gap’ in manufacturing. Future 30 allows us the chance to turn that talk into action.”

Nominations will be accepted until June 30, 2010 from individuals and companies interested in nominating a manufacturing professional under the age of 40 for recognition in the Future 30 program. The 30 individuals selected will be profiled in a special section in the September 2010 issue of Plant Engineering and will be invited to attend a special reception in their honor in conjunction with the 2010 IMTS show Sept. 13-18 in Chicago.

Throughout the year, Plant Engineering will feature stories about efforts to encourage young people to enter manufacturing, and how civic, business and educational leaders around the country are developing programs to encouraging young people to consider manufacturing as a career.

The issue of workforce development and the Future 30 initiative will be a central component at the 2010 Manufacturing/Automation Summit on March 28-30 in Chicago. Mobil Industrial Lubricants is a sponsor of the 2010 Summit.

“We are pleased to have Mobil Industrial Lubricants as the lead sponsor for Future 30,” Vavra said. “It underscores the importance of this issue in manufacturing.”

Studies conducted by Plant Engineering over the past five years indicate that the lack of skilled workers is the major issue faced by manufacturing managers. “We believe that the Skills Gap is a national issue, but the solution will come from the grass roots,” Vavra said. “A skilled, educated workforce attracts new business and new manufacturing to a region. As communities begin to understand this, they realize that beyond tax incentives and other enticements, the most attractive thing to a manufacturer is a workforce ready to step in and do the job needed.”

The nomination form is available here.





No comments
The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2015 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
2015 Top Plant: Phoenix Contact, Middletown, Pa.; 2015 Best Practices: Automation, Electrical Safety, Electrical Systems, Pneumatics, Material Handling, Mechanical Systems
A cool solution: Collaboration, chemistry leads to foundry coat product development; See the 2015 Product of the Year Finalists
Raising the standard: What's new with NFPA 70E; A global view of manufacturing; Maintenance data; Fit bearings properly
Special report: U.S. natural gas; LNG transport technologies evolve to meet market demand; Understanding new methane regulations; Predictive maintenance for gas pipeline compressors
Cyber security cost-efficient for industrial control systems; Extracting full value from operational data; Managing cyber security risks
Drilling for Big Data: Managing the flow of information; Big data drilldown series: Challenge and opportunity; OT to IT: Creating a circle of improvement; Industry loses best workers, again
Migrating industrial networks; Tracking HMI advances; Making the right automation changes
Understanding transfer switch operation; Coordinating protective devices; Analyzing NEC 2014 changes; Cooling data centers
Upgrading secondary control systems; Keeping enclosures conditioned; Diagnostics increase equipment uptime; Mechatronics simplifies machine design

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.

Read more: 2014 Salary Survey: Confidence rises amid the challenges

Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
The One Voice for Manufacturing blog reports on federal public policy issues impacting the manufacturing sector. One Voice is a joint effort by the National Tooling and Machining...
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.
This article collection contains several articles on the vital role that compressed air plays in manufacturing plants.