Building the Automation Generation:
The Key to Remaining Competitive in a Global World
Have you heard the warnings?
Our competitive edge is in jeopardy. Our young people aren’t attracted to jobs in math and science. 84% of respondents in a recent survey by National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) believed that K-12 schools were not adequately preparing students for the workplace. In the short term, the baby boomer generation is retiring, and we don’t have skilled replacements. More than 65% of surveyed U.S. manufacturers have already experienced a “moderate” to “severe” shortage of engineers and scientists. Other countries, including India, China, Singapore, and many countries in Europe, have already implemented far-reaching programs that have been tremendously successful in recruiting the next generation of automation professionals.
Have you heard the myths?
It’s too late. All of our manufacturing jobs are going overseas. Jobs in manufacturing and automation don’t pay well. Manufacturing jobs are blue collar jobs in dusty, dirty plants and involve outdated technology. Engineering and automation jobs are boring. Technical jobs are too abstract to excite our children.
It’s time to set the record straight
We have a lot of work to do. We’re facing a skills gap. There are a lot of misconceptions about the automation and engineering professions and the industries that employ them. It’s difficult to find ways to communicate to the next generation in their language, in their venue, on their time. Difficult, but not impossible.
The challenges are real. So are the opportunities. The automation profession has a lot to offer – we just need some help getting the word out.
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