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Caterpillar's worker hunt means welders top banking pay
Bloomberg    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Spence Brennan makes $55,000 as an assistant manager of a Chinese restaurant chain. He is betting he can do better as a welder. On an October morning at Mountain View College in Dallas, the 22-year-old sent sparks flying in a workshop as he practiced his electric-arc technique. The two-year school is a regular stop for manufacturers recruiting for skilled technical openings. "Job demand is a lot higher in welding than anything else," said Brennan, who left a four-year university after two semesters and expects his training to allow him to almost double his pay at Pei Wei Asian Diner, a unit of P.F. Chang's China Bistro Inc. "I could do at least $100,000 a year." Companies such as Caterpillar Inc. are looking for workers like Brennan. More

Manufacturing innovation relies on deeper talent pool
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More than 100 executives and industry experts gathered at Lehigh University for a two-day manufacturing conference to tackle ways to drive innovation by creating a stronger talent pool While the Lehigh Valley region has one of the best educational systems in the country, it's time to reinvest in manufacturing and realize how vital a skilled workforce is to this industry, said John McGlade, CEO and president of Air Products and Chemicals Inc. of Trexlertown. McGlade, a Lehigh University graduate, spoke about the importance of making changes in school curriculums to help create well-rounded workers who can compete effectively in a global economy. More

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US hits Chinese solar manufacturers with higher tariffs
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The U.S. Department of Commerce has slapped China's biggest solar manufacturers with tariffs as high as 36 percent, concluding in a final ruling that they illegally dumped cheap photovoltaic cells on the American market. The anti-dumping tariffs roughly mirrored those the Commerce Department issued in a preliminary ruling in May. But the department jacked up the anti-subsidy tariff. For Suntech, China's biggest and most embattled solar manufacturer, the total tariff issued jumped to nearly 47 percent from 34 percent in May. But the Commerce Department reduced the final tariffs by 10.54 percent to account for an export subsidy all manufacturers received. More

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Manufacturers to train veterans for factory jobs
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Four of the largest U.S. manufacturers have unveiled plans for a new group committed to train military veterans to work in the manufacturing sector. General Electric Co., Alcoa Inc., Boeing Co. and Lockheed-Martin Corp. said they would provide financial support to the "Get Skills to Work Coalition." It will initially aim to train 15,000 veterans, who will be hired by the four companies or matched to other jobs. Open jobs will be listed on LinkedIn. More

Research: US skills gap in manufacturing isn't as bad as feared
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A shortage of U.S. manufacturing skills isn't as bad as feared, according to new research by the Boston Consulting Group. BCG estimates that the U.S. is short some 80,000 to 100,000 highly skilled manufacturing workers, which works out to less than 1 percent of the nation’s 11.5 million manufacturing workers. And in many cases, the skill shortages are localized. Baton Rouge, La.; Charlotte, N.C.; Miami, San Antonio, and Wichita, Kan., for example, appear to have significant or severe skills gaps, BCG said. One cause for concern: The average U.S. high-skilled manufacturing worker is 56 years old. More

Natural gas drives energy, manufacturing rebirth in Pennsylvania
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The evidence in Pennsylvania and other Appalachian states is too striking to ignore: The region is approaching a decades-long resurgence of growth in energy, manufacturing and industrial output that will be the envy of states around the nation. It is in its earliest stages in northwestern Pennsylvania, with Marcellus Shale wells being drilled in Forest and Warren counties, and exploratory Utica Shale wells in Crawford County. The pace is higher in Ohio, where 19 rigs are currently operating. This means change and growth, and the natural gas industry and the region's manufacturing community are ready and eager to support northwestern Pennsylvania's further integration into the energy boom now occurring in dozens of counties, and share the benefits being experienced throughout the commonwealth. More

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There will be factory skills shortage — just not yet
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Many factory managers claim they're already suffering from a skills shortage. Sixty-seven percent of respondents reported a moderate to severe shortage of available qualified workers in a survey last year by Deloitte Consulting for the Manufacturing Institute, an affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers. BCG senior partner Harold Sirkin, co-author of the research and a Bloomberg Businessweek contributor, says manufacturers could solve most of their problems finding good people by offering higher pay and training new hires. More

Robot options offer manufacturers chance to keep jobs in US
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A half-century since American manufacturing began shifting abroad, a lower-price generation of industrial robots may help companies retain jobs in the United States. Entrepreneur Rodney Brooks concedes he doesn't "know yet whether it's going to be successful," but a new robot line introduced by his Boston firm, Rethink Robotics Inc., offers to perform basic manual tasks for about half the sticker price of bigger robots in large-scale manufacturing. He said the human-esque device, called Baxter, can work side-by-side in proximity with humans, unlike other industrial robots. More

Worcester Tech students offer up their magic in metal
Worcester Telegram & Gazette    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Sometimes seemingly unrelated things mesh, like welding and reading, devastation and art, or vocational and academic education. In the welding shop at Worcester Technical High School in Worcester, Mass., all of those pieces are coming together, and the result is a stunning sculpture called "Integro" that is growing more than 12 feet off the shop floor. Its metal roots are waiting to wrap around a chunk of granite in Boston, and the steel butterflies in its reaches give viewers a sense that the sky is no limit. More

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Manufacturing bouncing back as US, Colorado companies reshore jobs
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In years past, if you bought an iPhone case from Fort Collins, Colo.-based OtterBox, the nation's leading cellphone casemaker, it was a given that the product, like the gadget it protects, wasn't made in the U.S.A. That's starting to change. "We've been able to reshore about 15 to 20 percent of our volume back to the U.S. from China over the last year," said Bill Lovell, OtterBox's global director of supply chain. The "reshoring" trend is taking hold in Colorado and across the country, providing an economic boost to local communities at a time when other companies continue to tighten budgets and cut jobs. More

Room to build: Teachers, students enjoying school's new technology building
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Corvallis High School welding instructor Isaiah Nelson doesn't sound like he's exaggerating when he talks about how much he likes the brand-new 7,000-square-foot technology building that replaced the cramped quarters he was relegated to last year. "It's 100 times better," he said with a grin as he supervised a group of students making metal tables in the spacious welding room. The Corvallis School District in Corvallis, Mont., has a little more breathing room on campus this year, thanks to the new digs for the wood shop, the metals shop and the CAD lab, among other classes. More

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CTC programs take students from classroom to workforce
Portsmouth Daily Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Scioto County Career Technical Center in Lucasville, Ohio, has changed faces since its old days as "VoTech," with a significant growth in many of their programs, high test scores, post-secondary education and job placement. "We have seen a large number of students start to take industrial maintenance, and now it's starting to get up to the 20s. Four years ago we started that program with maybe four or five kids," said SciotoTech Principal Kyle Copley. CTC, like other institutions across the nation, is seeing growth in programs like welding where the students learn innovative new digital and blended programs. More

Opinion: Job skill programs will aid Ohio, US economies
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Colleen Athans, vice president and general manager of supply chain and manufacturing at GE Aviation and Dr. O'dell M. Owens, president of Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, write that prosperity is tied to what we know, what we can learn and what we can do. "In Southwestern Ohio, we add another crucial piece to that equation — what we make. Our regional economy creates some of the most advanced products in the world. Our ability to make these products relies heavily on people." The authors say employees at GE and its suppliers demonstrate imagination, precision and skill on the job every day. "As we continue to see demand for Cincinnati-made products, we need more technically capable people to build them. And those trained individuals can be hard to find," they write. It turns out this isn't just a local issue. According to the National Association of Manufacturers, more than 600,000 U.S. advanced manufacturing jobs remain unfilled because companies can't find employees with the right skills. More

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Illinois manufacturers try to attract young workers
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More than a dozen Champaign County business owners have joined forces to break a long-held but often incorrect perception among young workers that manufacturing jobs offer low pay in a tough environment. Urbana, Ill.-area manufacturers said they are struggling to find skilled employees to fill open positions that pay well, despite unemployment rates of 7.2 percent in Clark County and 7.4 percent in Champaign County. Business owners cited a number of reasons young workers might avoid manufacturing careers, including a lack of training at local schools and universities as well as misconceptions about the kinds of jobs available. But as manufacturing continues to bounce back after the recession, attracting a younger, qualified workforce will be crucial. More

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