With half the nation’s 14 million manufacturing workers nearing retirement, 90 percent of America’s manufacturers say they are struggling to find qualified workers. The jobs going overseas are largely the low-skill assembly line kind. Those that remain are high-skilled, high-tech and high-paying.
Unfortunately, there is a perception that manufacturing jobs in the U.S. are dead-end jobs requiring little or no skills. This misleading perception is creating huge gaps for companies as they try to fill lucrative positions.
Attracting students to these highly skilled careers in manufacturing and machining will require a concerted effort to completely change the perception of what these jobs entail and the living wage jobs they provide.