Workforce Development

Bill Keen is founder and CEO of Keen Wealth Advisors. Courtesy: Keen Wealth Advisors
Educational December 7, 2019

Three-step retirement plan for engineers

Career Update: A three-step plan can help engineers begin engineering retirement planning with a checklist, looking at employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) details, anticipated spending, choosing a date and revisions over time.

By Bill Keen
WPI researchers (from left) Soussan Djamasbi, Jeanine Skorinko, Winston Soboyejo, Cagdas Onal (principal investigator), Yunus Telliel, Jing Xiao, Pratap Rao and Jane Li with the Baxter research robot. Courtesy: Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)
Robotics October 28, 2019

Researchers win grant to study workplace human-robot interaction

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) researchers have secured a five-year, $3 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant focusing on research and training related to the adoption of robotic assistants in the workplace.

By Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)
Courtesy: CFE Media
Safety October 26, 2019

Safety council discourages cannabis use for safety-sensitive positons

The National Safety Council (NSC) has called on employers to restrict cannabis use for workers in safety-sensitive positions regardless of the state's position in a policy position.

By National Safety Council (NSC)
Manufacturers looking to retain their best engineers should improve their current skill sets and offer benefits and wages to keep them from leaving their jobs or being recruited by rival corporations. Courtesy: Randstad Engineering
Workforce Development September 2, 2019

Three ways to improve engineer retention

Companies looking to protect their top engineering talent from rivals should look to improve training, benefits and wages to make employees happier and more productive.

By Angie Keller
The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation's Monthly Confidence Index (MCI-EFI) had an index of 52.8 in June 2019. Courtesy: Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation
Machinery and Equipment June 20, 2019

Equipment leasing confidence slides, according to report

The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation's June Monthly Confidence Index (MCI-EFI) had an index of 52.8, which is down several points compared to May and double digits compared to the same period in 2018.

By Chris Vavra
U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $344.6 million in April 2019, the lowest April reading since 2016 when orders totaled $293.2 million. April 2019 orders declined 16.5% from March 2019 and were down 17.6% from April 2018. Courtesy: Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT)
Business of Engineering June 10, 2019

Manufacturing technology orders fall to lowest level since 2016

Manufacturing technology orders fell to under $300 million in April 2019, which is a sharp decline compared to the previous month and April 2018.

By Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT)
Safety June 1, 2019

Specify performance, manage risk

The June issue of AppliedAutomation discusses specifying performance and the importance of alarm management and process safety.

By Jack Smith
The modern supply chain is a mix of traditional storage and retrieval and modern plant strategies to manage inventories. Courtesy: The Raymond Corporation
Maintenance Strategy May 13, 2019

The need for speed

In an accelerating supply chain, effective management of costs, people and data is becoming more crucial.

By Bob Vavra
Educational April 11, 2019

How wide is your door?

Manufacturers need to search far and wide to get people for the positions they are having trouble filling.

By Bob Vavra
Sweden, the 2019 Hannover Messe Partner Country, put on a cool and innovative cultural display during the Opening Ceremonies March 31. Courtesy: Hannover Messe
Automation April 1, 2019

Hannover Messe 2019, Day 1: Innovation challenged by human concerns

Supply chain leaders won’t link with digitalization; AI has human workers nervous.

By Bob Vavra