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Manufacturing: the unseen underground economy

Posted by Bert Maes on October 7, 2011

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In 1850, a decade before the Civil War, the United States’ economy was small — it wasn’t much bigger than Italy’s. Forty years later, it was the largest economy in the world. What happened in between was (…) the rise of steel and manufacturing — and the economy was never the same,” says W. Brian Arthur, an economist and technology thinker.

Since ages manufacturing is quietly, for many people unnoticeably, transforming the economy.

Manufacturing is silent, invisible and unseen.

Much like the root system for aspen trees, Arthur observes. “For every acre of aspen trees above the ground, there’s about ten miles of roots underneath, all interconnected with one another, “communicating” with each other.”

The observable physical world of aspen trees hides an unseen underground root system.

Just like trees, CNC machine tools are creating for us — slowly, quietly, and steadily — a different world.

Think about this: the success of Steve Jobs was based on CNC manufacturing machines, based on the invisible roots undergound: Apple puts CNC Machining Front and Center.

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[VIDEO] Why Manufacturing is so Important to Each of Our Lives

Posted by Bert Maes on June 8, 2011

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Forecast + List: The Most Durable Jobs of the Future

Posted by Bert Maes on August 3, 2010

We do expect continued growth in manufacturing of a fairly modest 5% or so this year and next year — which is stronger than the overall economy. I guess there are a couple of things driving that: One is exports have done well and we expect to continue to see growth in exports. Second, there is some recovery in investment in capital goods. It’s mostly metals inventory rebuilding and replenishing factories for equipment that has gone beyond its useful life. It’s not really adding to productive capacity; it is productivity improvement and simply replacement. Investment in equipment and software is growing, but still far below 2007/2008 levels. The only way to get faster growth in manufacturing is to bump up the export share.


Energy-Efficient Automobiles
Computer Software Engineer jobs
Electrical Engineer jobs
Engineering Technician jobs
Welder jobs
Metal Fabricator jobs
Computer-Controlled Machine Operator jobs
Production Worker jobs
Operations Manager jobs

Building Retrofitting
Electrician jobs
Heating/Air Conditioning Installer jobs
Carpenter jobs
Construction Equipment Operator jobs
Roofer jobs
Insulation Installer jobs
Truck Driver jobs
Construction Manager jobs
Building Inspector jobs

Mass Transit
Civil Engineer jobs
Railroad jobs
Electrician jobs
Welder jobs
Metal Fabricator jobs
Production Worker jobs
Bus Driver jobs
Transportation Supervisor jobs
Dispatcher jobs

Wind Power
Environmental Engineer jobs
Iron and Steel Worker jobs
Millwright jobs
Sheet Metal Worker jobs
Electrical Assembler jobs
Construction Equipment Operator jobs
Truck Driver jobs
Production Manager jobs
Production Supervisor jobs

Solar Power
Electrical Engineer jobs
Electrician jobs
Machinery Mechanic jobs
Welder jobs
Metal Fabricator jobs
Electrical Assembler jobs
Construction Equipment Operator jobs
Installation Technician jobs
Laborer jobs
Construction Manager jobs

Of course this all depends on
increased confidence of companies and consumers to invest,
healthier demand from exports markets,
streamlined permitting processes to start up exports,
a permanent favorable government business tax & fiscal policy in R&D, new technology, product development, increased efficiency etc,
easier access to low cost credit finance conditions,
and (6)
heavy & smart investments in technology-based education and export training.

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China’s manufacturing industry becoming less competitive

Posted by Bert Maes on February 28, 2010

Have you read my article: How Manufacturers Can Compete With Low Wage Countries?

Last Friday New York Times, elaborated on one of the crucial aspects: workforce education.

My point of investing in education for more skilled workers (as a crucial competitive advantage as our high labor costs are directly linked with insufficient focus on manufacturing education) is being supported:

China is facing an increasingly acute labor shortage. The country is running out of fresh laborers for its factories. A government survey three years ago of 2,749 villages in 17 provinces found that in 74 percent of them, there was no one left behind who was fit to go work in city factories — the labor pool was dry.

Some manufacturers, already weeks behind schedule because they can’t find enough workers, are closing down production lines and considering raising prices.

Unskilled factory workers in China’s industrial heartland are being offered signing bonuses. Factory wages have risen as much as 20 percent in recent months, giving Chinese families more spending power (probably manufacturing industry wages could double in the next five years).

However, rising wages could lead to greater inflation in China, eroding some of China’s formidable advantage in export markets. The prospect of rising wages suggests that companies with high labor costs could experience margin pressure. Such increases would most likely drive up the prices for all sorts of Chinese-made goods, to import in the United States and the European Union.

This reality of Chinese talent shortage a.o. will re-shore manufacturing back to the western world, according to Mike Collins, Author, Saving American Manufacturing:

  • Chinese manufacturers have trouble in guaranteeing their US and European customers accurate delivery dates because of unforeseen delays in the supply chain;
  • Chinese manufacturers will have more difficulties to make quick changes in the manufacturing process – Without a strong workforce, it will be harder for them to quickly customize products.
  • The risks involved with a supplier in China get bigger. Western manufacturers have begun to pull their supply chains back closer to their markets, closer to their customers – which are asking for custom-made solutions and just in time delivery.
  • Harry Moser, chairman emeritus at Agie Charmilles points to the “costs of regulatory compliance, potential intellectual property loss, visits to overseas vendors, potential product quality problems, high foreign wage inflation and carrying extra inventory as cushion against late or damaged shipments.” (
  • Challenges in manufacturing offshore are legion, Brian Bethune – a chief U.S. financial economist – said. Infrastructure can be undependable, including frequent electrical brownouts in some regions of China. Manufacturing is often plagued by quality problems, rendering products unfit to sell in more sophisticated markets. Language and cultural barriers pose difficulties. Negotiating governmental expectations and hurdles, especially in China, is a huge issue. (

China might be less competitive in the coming years; however, and that doesn’t surprise me at all: the Chinese government is rapidly reacting, with expanded postsecondary education. Universities and other institutions of higher learning enrolled 6.4 million new students last year, compared to 5.7 million in 2007 and just 2.2 million in 2000.

This reality of Chinese talent shortage will re-shore manufacturing back to the western world:

· Chinese manufacturers have trouble in guaranteeing their US and European customers accurate delivery dates because of unforeseen delays in the supply chain;

· Chinese manufacturers will have more difficulties to make quick changes in the manufacturing process – It will be harder for them to quickly customize products, without a strong workforce.

· The risks involved with a supplier in China get bigger. Western manufacturers have begun to pull their supply chains back closer to their markets, closer to their customers – which are asking for custom designed solutions and just in time delivery.

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How manufacturers can compete with low wage countries

Posted by Bert Maes on February 22, 2010

(From the CBS News SeriesWhere America Stands” that looks at how to get back lost manufacturing jobs)

The students from Benson Polytechnic High School in Portland, Oregon visited Columbia Wire and Iron Works to watch steelworkers cut, drill and weld.

And the kids liked it:

  • It’s not a dead-end situation. All the guys that are the bosses typically started out at the very bottom.
  • It’s amazing, the skill they have to make sure that the weld is just right.
  • I like working with tools. I like working with my hands. It makes me feel nice and fuzzy inside.

But is there a future working with your hands in America or Europe?

>> 2 Main Problems (also reflected in the Manufacturing Challenges of 2010):

  • The disappearing jobs in western manufacturing are going to countries where workers are paid far less. In China, where health and safety rules are few and millions are looking for work, the average manufacturing worker earns just $134 each month – compared to almost $2,400 a month in the United States.
  • We have lost respect for the kind of work that once provided prosperity,” steelworker Brandon Nelson says. “It seems like nobody wants to do this work, they want to be in an office, or work in front of a computer instead of building things.”

>> The Solution

To overcome the cost differences with low wage countries American businesses can be competitive by investing in technology, training and new manufacturing methods to raise productivity.

We probably can’t compete for the mass production anymore, but we can be the master in research and development. Take the huge success of Apple’s iPod — 250 million of them have been made in Chinese factories. But the design and the programming are done in America which takes the biggest share of the profit.

Peter Adriaens, a University of Michigan entrepreneurship professor, says “There is virtually nothing we can do to keep large-scale production here. The jobs of the future will be done in small batches and highly customized.” One of the 10 predictions for 2010 by IDC Manufacturing Insights is that “companies will transform business models to better meet the needs of increasingly demanding customers” >> Read my post on the “Small Batch Movement” in Manufacturing.

According to Harley Shaiken ( labor expert at the University of California Berkeley), labor costs are very important in any manufacturing economy, but what’s critical is labor costs combined with innovation, high productivity, and quality, for keeping our business.

According to Mitch Free, CEO at, credit lines necessary to sustain and grow manufacturing businesses have been tightened or eliminated. He would establish “low-interest venture capital assistance for training, technology, and enabling manufacturers with the tools—intellectual property protection and management, patent acquisition, logistics and supply chain management training, and business development guidance—to spur exporting to emerging middle-class consumer markets.”

On the other hand: “to stay competitive we need more skilled workers,” says Drew Park, president of Columbia Wire and Iron. “Our workforce is aging and we’re having a hard time getting the younger generation involved.”

There is no shame in wanting to work with your hands.
For America and Europe to rebuild its greatness in manufacturing
perhaps it’s time all learn that working with your hands,
making things, is not only honorable – it’s ESSENTIAL.

A program that that tries to tackle the problem at the root, i.e. the attractiveness of manufacturing EDUCATION is the “Haas Technical Education Center” concept from

It is set up as a long-term partnership program between education and manufacturing industry, in which the company Haas Automation, inc. helps technical schools towards:

–      Attractiveness & getting more students;

–      Higher motivation of young people;

–      Saving teachers time via offering them proven CNC teaching materials for direct use in the classroom;

–      Supporting the quality of instruction and the performance of student learning;

–      Helping the school to build a very strong reputation and competitiveness in the field of manufacturing education (and beyond);

–      Bringing education closer to the workplace and the “real industry”;

–      Bringing the training directly into line with the needs of the local manufacturing industry, etc.

Check (Europe) or (US)
to get a complete all-in-one program to bring your CNC manufacturing classes
to a highly attractive and top-quality level.

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How wind turbines work and the big challenges of manufacturing them

Posted by Bert Maes on February 9, 2010

A summary of Assembly Magazine’s cover article “Assemblers Harness Wind Power“, by Austin Weber, January 27th 2010.

Wind power is the cheapest and most popular type of regenerative energy. As a result, manufacturers all over the world are scrambling to build gearboxes, generators, blades, power systems, motors, control systems and other types of electromechanical devices.

How does a wind turbine work?

Wind power works by harnessing the breeze that passes over the rotor blades of a wind turbine and rotates a hub. The hub is connected to a gearbox via low-speed and high-speed shafts that drive a generator contained within a nacelle. A generator converts the energy into electricity and then transmits it to a power grid.

The typical wind turbine is a slender structure that consists of a three-bladed rotor that extends up to 300 feet in diameter attached to the top of tall towers that soar hundreds of feet into the air. A yaw mechanism uses electrical motors to turn the nacelle with the rotor against the wind. An electronic controller senses the wind direction using a wind vane.

How is a wind turbine made?

The average wind turbine contains up to 8,000 parts that must be assembled. Towers and rotors are the largest and most basic components.

Most wind turbines are designed for a 20-year life cycle. The gearbox and drivetrain system must be strong enough to handle frequent changes in torque caused by changes in wind speed. Bearings are extremely critical. The whole system must be correctly aligned to minimize wear from vibration and any resulting noise.

One thing that differentiates wind turbine manufacturing from other industries is sheer size. All components, such as bearings, gears and generators, must be extra large and extra strong. Big parts and big plants are common in the industry. For instance, the typical gearbox weighs around 30,000 pounds.

Due to their size and weight, gearboxes are often moved through assembly steps at plants in Germany using large rail systems similar to those in automotive plants. Quality expectations in the industry are huge, because manufacturers demand reliability and low maintenance. Wind turbines don’t make money if they’re not working.

Towers typically consist of large tubular structures. Plated steel sheets are rolled into rings and joined together with submerged arc welding. The tower sections are typically fabricated into cans about 20 meter long and then bolted together through internal flanges. This is an industry that needs to build large, high-capital items in a production line manner. It may be compared to aerospace.

There is great potential for advanced robotic welding to be developed. On the other hand, rotor blade manufacturing from fiberglass and other composite materials tends to be the most innovative and highly secretive area of the wind turbine industry. Blades over 70 meters long are now being designed. To achieve low-cost mass production, automated solutions from aerospace or automotive, such as robotic tape layers, have to be used to join long lengths of blade to assure aerodynamic conformance.

What are the challenges facing manufacturing wind turbines?

Wind technology will need to evolve. Engineers need to make wind turbines larger, taller, less expensive, more reliable and more efficient. Because wind turbine components undergo excessive forces and a tremendous amount of joint stresses and failures, numerous manufacturing issues must be addressed.

It looks very graceful and simple, but the aerodynamics, power characteristics, vibrations, system fatigue, acoustics of a wind turbine are harder to understand than an airplane or a helicopter.
For instance, blades, towers and casings must be able to withstand heat, cold, rain, ice and abuse from changing wind speeds. Blades must also be built with a high strength-to-weight ratio, so research into new materials is key.

Making wind energy practical is a matter of maximizing efficiency and minimizing production cost.

Reliability is critical in the wind turbine industry. The most difficult application is the gearbox, because it is important to avoid any distortion. The challenge is to maintain clamp loads for the service life of the turbine. Manufacturers are looking at weight reduction and improved assembly of threaded joints.”

Close tolerances, the ability of components to withstand operation in difficult conditions, and the availability of quality materials are all important challenges facing engineers. It is also a challenge to develop parts that are light-weight enough so that the final system can be assembled more easily, but they must also be durable enough to withstand difficult operating conditions.

And finally: the industry is struggling to build a local supply chain. The availability of a steady and sufficient supply of locally sourced components is important, as turbine companies increasingly develop production facilities away from their home base, they need to be able to have access to enough quality components to build the systems at their new location.”

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Global Aging and the Manufacturing Workforce

Posted by Bert Maes on January 19, 2010

AGING will have a devastating effect on supplies of high-skilled workers: due to retirement and death large numbers of the most experienced workers from the labor force will be gone. The amount of retirees will be huge. By 2060, 1 in 3 citizens in the EU27 will be over the age of 65. The oldest age group, people aged 80 and above will triple in size.

With the proportion of the working age population falling due to low birthrates, the EU will have 2 working age people for every dependent person over 65 years, compared with 4 to 1 in 2009.

As a result:

  • There will be a massive labor shortage;
  • Finding and keeping qualified employees is and will be one of the most significant and biggest challenges facing the manufacturing industry. Without them the economical growth slows down, the growth of companies stagnates, production lines can’t be launched, orders go lost to foreign countries (i.e. a great risk for the competitive position of your country);
  • Yes, our labor is more costly than it is in other parts of the world. An important way to keep the total cost of labor competitive is to maximize the productivity of each hour of labor, increase productivity per worker
  • This shift forces the world into a greater dependence on CNC TECHNOLOGY.

But to get there, we will need MORE SPECIALISTS IN CNC TECHNOLOGY!

Reality shows that we can only increase supply of talent by STRONG EDUCATION and far better educational training provisions.

The biggest challenge is: encourage young people to start education and careers in CNC manufacturing technology, in support of tomorrow’s wealth and safety.

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5 Reasons To Choose A Career in Precision Machining

Posted by Bert Maes on December 17, 2009

Precision machinists make the things that make today’s quality of life technologies go. And stop. Anti lock brakes – we make them. Airbag parts.  Bonescrews and medical implants too.

Here are 5 reasons to choose a career in precision machining:

Ready employment. Even at the bottom of this last recession, there were openings for precision machinists advertised in the major newspapers around the country. Our parts are indispensable. So are our skilled machinists.

Great work. Our work is challenging, satisfying, and technical. At the end of the day, you can see the results of your skill and effort. Lives that will be saved. Cars that will run.

Great Wages and Benefits. We don’t know what the Obama administration has in mind for the benefits side of the equation, but set up machinist and toolmakers  wages are on par with the wages that a business major might earn after a 4 or 5 year bachelors degree program.

Great life. How many fields do you know of where the people don’t have some  worry about the future, and their place in it? Low cost competition from China and India has not killed our industry. We continue to make the high precision, high value added parts that make a difference in people’s lives, everyday.

Great values. Today shops are managed by international environmental management systems like ISO 14001 and international quality standards like ISO/TS 16949. We are sustainable, lean, just in time, and environmentally sustainable companies that make a difference.  Making high value high precision parts. You can too.

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Statistics: Future Growth Lies with Manufacturing

Posted by Bert Maes on December 16, 2009

Manufacturing is the country’s productivity powerhouse: a strong and vibrant manufacturing sector is a critical component in our country’s long-term economic future.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has said that

productivity growth is “perhaps the single most important determinant of average living standards.”

  • 1987 thru 2005, manufacturing productivity grew by 94%, roughly 2 1/2 times faster than the 38% increase in productivity in the rest of the business sector.
With productivity comes higher wages.
  • Manufacturing jobs pay 23% more than the rest of the workforce.
  • Every $1.00 of manufacturing sales supports $1.37 in other sectors.  Educational, health care, and social services support $.70.
  • Every manufacturing job supports as many as 4 other jobs.

We’ve been reducing CO2 as a matter of good business.

  • Manufacturing CO2 emissions have dropped by 6% compared to a 38% increase in other sectors.

Reducing energy needed to produce as well.

  • Energy requirements per $1.00 of GDP have dropped by almost 50% in the last 30 years.  Half of the reduction is attributed to increases in energy efficiencies of industrial manufacturing.

Who will pick up the jobs if manufacturing continues to decline?

  • Manufacturing has declined from 25% in the 1950s to 12% of the GDP in 2005.
  • The U.S. has lost over 5 million manufacturing jobs since 2000.
  • Individual net worth has declined by 25% since 1999.
  • 2/3rds of private sector R&D in the United States is done by manufacturer.
  • More than 1 in 6 U.S. private sector jobs depends on the manufacturing base.
  • Future Growth Lies with Manufacturing

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How to Inspire Young People: The Noble Cause of #Manufacturing

Posted by Bert Maes on October 26, 2009

Written by:  Ronald Bennett

Once only royalty enjoyed extraordinary conveniences, today the extraordinary is the ordinary thanks to manufacturing.

Imagine you are King in the 16th Century. You live in a cold, stone palace with no central air or heat. There’s no running water or indoor plumbing. With no radio, television or newspapers to keep you informed, the world seems small and isolated.

Fast forward to the 21st Century. We have comfortable, climate controlled homes. We turn a faucet and water comes out. The world’s events are literally at our fingertips 24 hours a day. Thanks to technological advances, many of us now live better than the royalty of the past, even on modest incomes. The industry that makes this possible? Manufacturing.

Manufacturing is the life sustaining force that touches every single thing around you—from the furnace in your home to your laptop computer to the pacemaker that may someday save your life. Manufacturers are central in creating a better, more convenient, cleaner and healthier life; but few of us focus on the positives, and that’s a mistake.

To reach and recruit the next generation of would-be manufacturers, it is imperative that we—the old guard—talk about the benefits of a job in manufacturing, rather than just its features. When reaching out to young people, talk about manufacturing’s role in the stewardship of our planet through recycling and eco-friendly practices. Talk about it helps people in need through bio-manufacturing and work in the health industry. Play up the myriad products that make people’s lives better and create a safer world.


To talk the talk, of course, we must walk the walk. Jump on the green bandwagon by using lean and sustainable practices to conserve nature’s precious resources. Open your minds—and the doors of your shop—to new technology, energy and water conservation, affordable health care and other modern elements. Not only will you attract the best and brightest of today’s generation, you’ll be involved in work that is rewarding. And, you may even boost that bottom line.

If you are still skeptical about your role in creating a better world, here’s some food for thought: You may just stamp hinges in your factory, but somewhere down the supply chain, you’re contributing to an energy-efficient freezer. You may just solder circuits, but the pacemaker you helped create saves lives. You get the idea.

What does your manufacturing operation do to benefit mankind?  If you can make that clear, you stand a good chance of attracting the talent you’ll need this century to have a sustainable business, maximize Minnesota’s competitiveness and maybe even change the world.

Feel free to browse through my posts.
Many articles are linked with the vision above.
I especially recommend:

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Public View on Manufacturing :: Robert Parkins

Posted by Bert Maes on September 25, 2009

It is interesting to look at the Manufacturing Institute’s Public view on manufacturing study, there is paradox when one looks at the priority placed on manufacturing, the image of manufacturing, and then considers at the future “recruitment” of Talent. Take the following finding’s from the Institute’s annual index:
Priority – The public views Manufacturing as critical and should be a national priority.
a. 70% believe Manufacturing should be a national priority
b. 80% believe it is important to enabling our standard of living
c. Manufacturing is viewed as the most important industry to maintaining a strong national economy.

Image – The public has an image of Manufacturing that may be different than the modern reality
a. Only 33% believe Manufacturing jobs are clean and safe
b. Only 33% see Manufacturing job’s as higher paying than other industries
c. Only 54% of the youngest Americans see Manufacturing as “High Tech”

Future Recruitment – The encouragement of the next generation is challenged
a. 13% of parents would encourage children to pursue careers in MFG
b. 17% believe the school systems encourage careers in manufacturing.

It is a unique paradox…people think it is important, but someone else should do it. This represents a significant challenge that will need to be resolved for success over the long term.

>> Response of the HTEC program: let’s go back to the basics: Young people will only be inspired to enter manufacturing if they can follow education/training on high-quality equipment, with passionate teachers, on hands-on real-life projects, and not to forget: in an attractive, bright, truly modern, high-tech learning environment.


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[UPDATE] General Electric: The Future is Manufacturing

Posted by Bert Maes on August 5, 2009

If seen what GE is planning for the future: indeed manufacturing! and even better “green manufacturing“:


They call it the Net-Zero Energy home. It has ground source heat pumps (promising a 30% reduction in energy use), photovoltaic arrays, supplementary wind power, high efficiency appliances and battery storage, all talking to each other through a Home Energy Manager… (Source:

>> What do YOU think of this technology?

Previous post on GE:


BA in applied mathematics, MBA at Harvard and CEO of General Electric – Jeffrey R. Immelt stated:

“The United States needs to refocus its economy on manufacturing and exporting if it wishes to recover from a brutal recession.”

“Our economy de-emphasized technology and we tilted toward the quicker profits of financial services. The United States need to reduce its reliance on financial services to drive economic growth.”

GE will target manufacturing again, with reducing its GE Capital finance unit and building a new manufacturing research center outside Detroit that will employ 1,100 people.

Slowly the importance of manufacturing is being recognized…

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Cisco Systems Inc.: Partnership with school to build high-tech workforce gains recognition from President Obama

Posted by Bert Maes on July 20, 2009

feature-88-john-chambers3Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers said that

  • partnerships between public and private sectors are the most effective way to address social issues.
  • Today, more than ever, government and the private sector need to join together.
  • No one entity can do this sort of thing as effectively as governments, businesses and other institutions working collaboratively.
  • By combining the unique capabilities and resources from Cisco, the federal government, state governments, local communities and educational institutions, we have a very good chance of creating programs that can provide much-needed help during this recession, as well as building a foundation for the long-term success of the country.

Mr. Chambers is right on!

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How will the new job market look like?

Posted by Bert Maes on June 26, 2009

Based on: Nancy F. Smith

President Obama promised the $787 billion package would add 3 to 4 million jobs.

Three (3) areas that will experience a relatively quick (& longer term) job growth from the package:

  • Teaching and public works construction projects will have direct infusions of stimulus cash.
  • Despite the recession, the health care industry has been adding an average of 17,000 jobs per month. The demands of an aging population and technological advances in health care services will create even more new jobs in the long term.
  • And green-collar jobs, i.e. blue-collar jobs on green projects. The $50 billion poured into this may well spark the next economic boom for the U.S. economy. Green manufacturing plants will be built here rather than offshore if they want access to the funds in the stimulus package.

The bottom line is that you’ll have to learn new skills for these kinds of jobs. One of the most promising career choices fitting ‘green-collar jobs’ is probably CNC manufacturing.

As Peter Hall (Haas Automation Europe) stated: We will witness a revolution in sustainable technology. This will mean that advanced knowledge and skills in CNC machine tools is even more vital than ever before.obama-at-fastener-industry290

To show you what Mr. Hall means: Obama visited a manufacturer of parts for the clean energy industry and said: “[these are] the kind of jobs that don’t just support families and sustain communities — but also help transform our economy, spurring growth not just today, but for decades to come.”

Sounds like a career in CNC is the surest way forward, isn’t it?

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Manufacturing and quality of life

Posted by Bert Maes on June 18, 2009

A poll among 1,000 Americans conducted in May by Deloitte concludes:

81% of poll respondents said America’s manufacturing base is important to our standard of living. And they rated manufacturing more important to a strong national economy than technology, energy and other industries.”


only 30% of Americans say they’d encourage their children to pursue careers in manufacturing”…

Strange disconnection, isn’t it?

And yet the economic revival will come from “making real things” in preparation for urgently needed environmental- and energy-friendly technologies.

Green Manufacturing

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