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Workforce Development

Leaders of MIT’s Task Force on the Work of the Future (Left to right): co-chair David A. Mindell, professor of aeronautics and astronautics, the Dibner Professor of the History of Engineering and Manufacturing at MIT; executive director Elisabeth Beck Reynolds PhD ‘10, who is also executive director of the MIT Industrial Performance Center; and co-chair David Autor, the Ford Professor of Economics at MIT and associate head of MIT’s Department of Economics. Courtesy: Melanie Gonick, MIT
Educational May 20, 2020

Task force discusses the changing world of work due to COVID-19

MIT's task force on the future of work discusses what the future of employment looks like due to the COVID-19 pandemic and what innovations might happen.

By Peter Dizikes
Courtesy: SCE Engineers and David P. Hostetter
Educational May 19, 2020

Five mindful engineering career tips: Set a vision and live it out

Engineers need to begin working on their careers with the end in mind, to paraphrase author Stephen Covey. Engineering career decisions should consider opportunities, balance, the long view, flexibility, and developing well-rounded expertise.

By David P. Hostetter
Courtesy: CFE Media
Maintenance May 6, 2020

The state of uncertainty persists

The future of manufacturing and the economy remains unclear due to the COVID-19 pandemic

By Kevin Parker
Courtesy: CFE Media and Technology
Discrete Manufacturing May 1, 2020

Manufacturing index slides into contraction for first time in 11 years

The purchasing manufacturers' index (PMI) slid in April down to 41.5%, marking a contraction for the first time since 2009 as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause turmoil in the markets and supply chain.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Keagan Gay, CFE Media and Technology
Business of Engineering April 30, 2020

Effective remote workforce: Key steps and strategies for success

Public and private organizations from all industries, sectors and geographies are encouraging their teams to work remotely to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic

By Erica Bond, Cameron McKee and Swapna Sathyan
Research April 8, 2020

Poll results, week 2: Doubled adverse COVID-19 impact on engineers, industry

Research analysis, advice: Adverse effects of Coronavirus more than doubled in just a week for visitors to Control Engineering, Plant Engineering, Oil & Gas Engineering, and Consulting-Specifying Engineer websites taking a survey on COVID-19 impacts on engineering. For respondents answering March 11 to 19 and March 20 to 25, 13% felt a “great deal” of impact in the first week and 35% the next week.

By Mark T. Hoske
Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media
Cybersecurity March 26, 2020

Five tips to stay cyber secure when working remotely

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, more people are working remotely to avoid getting sick. Consider these five tips to make sure your cyber hygiene is as strong as your physical hygiene.

By Rishbha Bhagi
Courtesy: CFE Media and Technology COVID-19 engineering impact survey, March 12-17
Research March 19, 2020

Poll results: Coronavirus, COVID-19 impact on engineers and industry

Coronavirus impact data was collected from March 12 to 17 from visitors to Control Engineering, Plant Engineering, Oil & Gas Engineering, and Consulting-Specifying Engineer websites. Half of respondents’ business have negative effects; half have supply chain problems. Results cover impact on business, company responses, travel, future outlook, government strategies and other topics.

By Mark T. Hoske
Courtesy: CFE Media and Technology
Discrete Manufacturing March 17, 2020

Coronavirus reveals weaknesses, potential opportunities in supply chain

Even in the wake of COVID-19 (coronavirus), manufacturers still need human workers to manage the supply chain. The need for more automation and information is an opportunity for manufacturers.

By ABI Research
Courtesy: Plant Engineering/ATS
Maintenance March 11, 2020

An evolutionary challenge faces the maintenance function

It involves a mix of people and technology concerns, each one feeding off the other

By Kevin Parker