Tomorrow's Advanced Manufacturing Workforce
Advanced manufacturing increases productivity, enhances economic strength, drives innovation, and provides rewarding career opportunities. But projected shortfalls of as many as 2.4 million skilled workers through 2028 indicate a mismatch between current worker skills (and perception issues about today's manufacturing) and those required by advanced manufacturing.
Developing the advanced manufacturing workforce of the future means:
- Increasing students’ awareness of advanced manufacturing opportunities.
- Training newcomers (including veterans) with the high-tech skills they'll need.
- Providing enhanced training and certification to current manufacturing employees so they can move into new positions.
Here are some of the ways Manufacturing USA — through the manufacturing innovation institutes and the federal agencies that sponsor them, the Departments of Commerce, Defense, and Energy, as well as six additional partner agencies — is engaging in collaborative initiatives with educational institutions and industry to increase interest in manufacturing careers and equip manufacturing workers with the skills they need to support the advanced manufacturing of the future.
Tens of thousands of workers, students, and educators participated in institute workforce programs last year and have been empowered to take on the advanced manufacturing challenges of today and tomorrow.
The COVID-19 pandemic was a wake-up call for manufacturers. As lockdown orders took hold across the country, many factories scaled back or closed, leaving workers unable to return to their jobs.
But while many office staff and managers have been able to work from home, factories have not yet been designed in a way that allows workers on the factory...
Manufacturing organs — the human variety, not the musical ones — sold Kalyan Vydiam on coming to work in the Millyard.
When the biomedical engineer explained his work at United Therapeutics to friends and family, some said, “‘OK, maybe they’re just building some small organs that are kind of like mimicking the lungs,’ but then we have to explain to...
Watch Ashley Totin from America Makes count down the top ten to celebrate Manufacturing Day.
American factories are about twice as efficient today as they were three decades ago. Cutting-edge “Industry 4.0 technologies” such as artificial intelligence, advanced robotics, data analytics, and the Internet of Things have bolstered productivity. They’ve also automated many low-skill factory jobs and created new, high-skill jobs requiring...
The National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining was recipient of a Defense Manufacturing Technology (ManTech) Achievement Award at the Defense Manufacturing Conference last week in Phoenix.
NCDMM was recognized in the category of “Readiness Improvement” for its additive manufacturing three-phase “Maturation of Advanced Manufacturing for...
Our Network @ Work
Each year the Manufacturing USA network enthusiastically participates in Manufacturing Day (MFGDay) to show students, parents, educators and the public what modern manufacturing looks like and spark interest in pursuing advanced manufacturing careers.