The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) is holding its 2012 Annual Conference right here in downtown Cleveland. MAGNET is proud to be one of the co-sponsors of this event. The conference opened on Saturday, June 2 and concluded, Tuesday, June 5, with plant tours to NASA Glenn Research Center and Lincoln Electric. On Monday morning, more than 800 engineers packed the ballroom at the Marriott Cleveland Downtown for an elegant breakfast buffet and the early-morning keynote presentation by James M. Free, Deputy Director of NASA GRC. Free shared the many ways that NASA’s mission is continuing as the focus shifts from the Space Shuttle program to deep space exploration. He also highlighted the way NASA is transferring technology to manufacturing applications here on earth. As a prime example of NASA’s terrestrial focus, Free gave a shout out to MAGNET and MAGNET’s President & CEO Dan Berry who was in the audience. That kind acknowledgement came as he presented the names of the nine Northeast Ohio companies that recently each won 40 hours of NASA expert technical consultation through the new Manufacturing Innovation Project sponsored by MAGNET, the City of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County. After Free’s keynote presentation, attendees had a
By Judith Crocker, Director of Education & Training Judith Crocker, Director of Education & Training, MAGNET Recently, a select group of students from Beaumont High School in Cleveland, Ohio had the opportunity to visit a couple local manufacturing companies to learn more about the field of advanced manufacturing and the role that science, engineering, and math play in manufacturing in Northeast Ohio. "My female students got to hear from professional women about their experiences in engineering," says Beaumont Schools teacher Lauren Brandon. "They gained invaluable insights into the challenges and rewards of an engineering career." Manufacturing and engineering careers are growing and in demand now more than ever. It is important for educators and students to learn what today’s manufacturing is really all about and the opportunities in fields such as engineering that are available in this growing industry. Many regional manufacturers are willing to open their doors to students to provide tours to students. If students don’t have the opportunity to visit manufacturers, there are additional ways for them to learn. MAGNET, through the career awareness program, offered in partnership with WVIZ and the Northern Ohio Technology Association, reaches as many as 300 students each program. Programs are
My new colleague, Kristin Hyla, reflects on her personal experience with career choices and the challenges manufacturers face attracting young talent in today’s economy: Did you ever envision yourself working in a manufacturing job? Personally, when I was in high school in 2003, the manufacturing industry was completely foreign to me. If you would have asked me, I would have envisioned a manufacturing job as tiresome, low-paying and dirty. Who even knew there were options other than a four-year college degree that could lead to a good job? According to "Addressing Today’s Skills Gap in Manufacturing", a recent study conducted by Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute, 60% of people polled showed great interest in a manufacturing job for themselves. Even better, there are over 600,000 manufacturing jobs currently waiting to be filled! So why are over half of all manufacturers struggling to fill positions? There is a gap between the skills needed to do the job and those of the job seeker. This skills gap is expected to take the biggest toll on skilled production jobs and is expected to broaden over time. According to Deloitte, the U.S. needs to position manufacturing with talent to aggressively compete globally; growth and
In Brig. Gen. Robert E. Mansfield Jr.’s blog, Exciting American Youth About Manufacturing: Maybe it’s time to think about a ‘Future Manufacturers of America’ organization from March 31, 2011 he states the obvious point that "In order to excite the youth of America about manufacturing in the modern age, we need to raise the awareness of the youth." No one argues this and everyone in the industry sees it as a need. However, his next point and one that I have continued to make myself is, that despite the many good programs across the country that attempt to address the awareness and image issues as well as the curricular ones, including MAGNET’s own Dream It. Do It. Program, the problem remains that the programs that exist are not well coordinated. What we end up with and what we have today are pockets of excellence and hope. Programs that reach a few, when we need them to reach many, duplicative services and overlap and at the same time gaps and areas that go unaddressed. We need local, state and national organizations that are currently competing for financial resources and employer buy-in, in a time where both are limited to collaborate and
March 31, 2011, Washington, DC—The Manufacturing Institute, the non-profit affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers, has released a comprehensive blueprint for education reform designed to develop the 21st-century talent critical to U.S. manufacturing and global competitiveness. The Roadmap to Education Reform for Manufacturing lays out six principles for innovative reform, including moving to competency-based education; establishing and expanding industry-education partnerships; infusing technology in education; creating excitement for manufacturing careers; applying manufacturing principles like "lean" to reduce education costs; and, expanding successful youth development programs. Read the complete press release from The Manufacturing Institute. Download the Roadmap for Reform document.