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Searching for Good News in the Manufacturing Skills Gap

While the current employment outlook is seemingly bleak, with a high number of manufacturers reporting a moderate to severe shortage of available, qualified production workers, there does appear to be a light at the end of the tunnel concerning the ...


Finding Time to “Play”

The chance to work on something other than work can not only improve morale, but also lead to new ideas and new opportunities for improving the manufacturing process.


CNC Training Making Headway in Florida

We hear the complaint time and time again: There’s a shortage of skilled labor in the United States. So what are we doing about it? One solution that has been getting results in Florida is the 80 to Work Program from Longwood-based Machine Training ...


Growing Great Employees

One way to address the shortage of skilled industrial labor is to hire for potential and train for productivity, capitalizing on the unique perspectives of those with experience outside of the manufacturing industry.


Talent Shortage: Advice from a Human Resources Expert

The shortage of potential employees in manufacturing is a serious challenge that merits a serious response. An employment consultant describes how manufacturing businesses should think differently about talent and recruiting.


The Importance of Positive Culture

One of the most significant developments I am seeing in manufacturing is a recognition of the potential value of fostering an encouraging culture for employees.


The Machinist Garden

The lettuce is growing great. But can this team of precision machining specialists get watermelon to grow in Connecticut?


Getting Ramped up on Swiss-Types

Swiss-type lathes present unique challenges to operators who aren’t familiar with them. Here are a few.


Under a Wing

The inspiration for this column came to me in the parking lot behind an extraordinary high school, where I learned about an extraordinary teaching lab.


A CNC Machine with Nine Controls

One obstacle to training the next generation of machine operators and engineers is exposing them to the variety of machine types and controls they are likely to encounter when they are hired. A community college in Illinois has the answer—training m...


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