Shortage of skilled workers
After reading your July editorial addressing a "Shortage in the Skilled Workforce" and editorials in other publications, I thought someone might get a clue on what is really happening. I am a career craftsperson who has raised two children.
After reading your July editorial addressing a "Shortage in the Skilled Workforce" and editorials in other publications, I thought someone might get a clue on what is really happening.
I am a career craftsperson who has raised two children. I have remained predominantly in the hourly ranks. The disparity between an hourly "skilled worker" compensation and the "salary" ranks has encouraged me to influence my children to seek a college education, not trade or industry-related courses in high school.
Paper, pencil, and engineering creativity are not the only ingredients that breath life into a machine. It takes the intuition, experience, and imagination of a "skilled craftsperson" to understand what was intended. The "skilled craftsperson and operator," through education and experience, learns to improvise, tune, and maintain a machine to efficiently produce a product. Until the compensation difference has improved, you will continue to see a decline in the traditional "skilled workforce."
As parents, why would you encourage your children to join the "skilled workforce?" -- Thomas Haldi, CCST, Process Control Specialist, Charleston, SC
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Annual Salary Survey
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