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How can American manufacturing be reinvented to thrive in an era of globalization?

Manufacturing Jobs Training


I travel North America shooting videos about manufacturing. There are more than 200,000 jobs available and unfilled because employers can't find qualified applicants. That's because manufacturing is almost entirely CADCAM (computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing)-based now requiring computer and design skills more than machining experience and knowledge. Grads of trade, vo-tech, and other institutions make more money and have more job security than comparable university grads. We must encourage young people, especially the shrinking number of young males attending colleges, to take their game-playing and other extensive computer skills to technical institutes i.e. DeVry, community colleges, etc., learn how to scan and design parts (they don't need an engineering degree), and program the CNCs, Swiss lathes, and other machines to make them. I talk to shop owners all over the U.S. and Canada and they've got lots of business, a lot of it returning from China, and open positions. What they need are trained personnel.

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