A high school in Wisconsin runs its manufacturing vocational program as a business. Students make parts for paying customers. The program is thriving, cash flow is strong, and local manufacturers can now hire recent graduates who already have experience in meeting customer demands.
One way to take the fear of crashing an expensive machine out of CNC training is by using simulation software that features programming methods actually used on the shop floor.
Operating much like online dating sites, this new platform aims to connect job seekers and employers in industries ranging from manufacturing to construction.
An example of a little touch that makes a big difference: The music is uplifting and clear in this shop thanks to a sound system tailored to overcome the machines.
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 future of American manufacturing over the next decade.
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.