Amid a skills shortage, can machines build molds?


The annual Federal Government Advocacy Survey taken in December by the National Tooling and Machining Association and the Precision Metalforming Association, and released last week, underscores the lack of skilled labor in the metal working trades. Responses from 199 metal working manufacturers who averaged 77 employees in 2012, show that 91% are experiencing challenges finding qualified employees; 42% of those companies are having “severe challenges” finding employees skilled in the metalworking trades.

Some other interesting results to this survey regarding the skilled worker challenge include:
• 69% of survey respondents currently have job openings
• 81% of companies with openings have between 1 and 5 jobs available
• 14% of companies with job openings have between 6 and 10 jobs available
• 5% of companies with job openings have more than 11 jobs available...
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