What Skills are Manufacturers Looking For?
Posted by Bert Maes on May 2, 2011
If it were even possible to sum up change to the real world of today’s manufacturing in one sentence, it would be: “Fewer employees on more teams, using more technology to make crucial decisions more quickly.”
Most production operations no longer require legions of employees who simply push buttons and follow an only occasionally varying routine. The modern factory is no longer a just giant building filled with hundreds of interchangeable low-skill, low-wage full-time employees.
Many growing manufacturing organizations report a greater need for workers with teamwork, decision making, technology, communication, and customer service skills.
Which key traits are most important to the immediate present as well as the future of manufacturing?
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- Ability to verify information, recognize patterns, analyze data sets, and synthesize.
- Understanding of free enterprise and personal finance; appreciation of and ability to produce quality work products
- Success in making and critiquing an argument, participating on a diverse team, and dealing with paradox
- Ability to communicate in a variety of media, to participate in networks, and to navigate distributed organizations.
- Track record of personal management and initiative demonstrating independent work and judgment
This shows that the need for CNC machining specialists will grow in the next decade(s) and play a significant role in the future of manufacturing.
Most importantly, young people will need to bring high-tech skills and the ability to create more efficient manufacturing and supply chain processes and evolve in automated systems specialists and manufacturing process experts.