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The Skills Gap? More Like the Grand Canyon

Skills GapThere's a huge need for industrial maintenance technologists, but few programs to train them.
An industry consortium has just rolled out new standards to change that.

These days, getting accepted into Harvard University is slightly easier than finding an industrial maintenance technologist to troubleshoot a complex machine communication problem.

In 2013, according to U.S. News and World Report, Harvard had an acceptance rate of 5.7 %. But if you put to work all recent industrial technology maintenance grads, you’d only fill 5.5 % of the available jobs in five of the leading manufacturing states, says James Wall, executive director of the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS).

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Ohio Offers Practical Guides to Educators and Families to Support Modern Manufacturing Careers

By Diane Rossa
March 15, 2018 Category: General

Over the next decade, the United States will need to fill nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs, but 2 million jobs may go unfilled because we do not currently have enough people trained to do them. Since Ohio is the third largest manufacturing state in terms of employment, Ohio Department of Education and NAPE have developed useful guides for educators, parents and students. These guides assist in understanding the competencies, education and opportunities in today and tomorrows modern manufacturing sector. You will find lesson plans, worksheets, and career exploration resources. Make Their Futures A Practical Guide for Educators Make Your Future A Practical Guide for Students and Their Families

MAGNET Partners with National LIFT Initiative to Support Regional Manufacturers and Implement High School Internships

By Diane Rossa
August 30, 2017 Category: General

Cleveland, OH---LIFT (Lightweighting Innovations for Tomorrow) is one of nine manufacturing innovation institutes that make up Manufacturing USA. Encompassing five states including Ohio, LIFT is targeting the use of new weight-reducing technologies and materials in industries such as transportation, automotive, aerospace, defense, and bio-medical. Research shows that lighter materials can bring better performance benefits to a range of components and products critical to these sectors. Through the LIFT partnership, MAGNET provides students with work-based learning opportunities including paid internships in lightweighting-related companies throughout the full supply chain. It also provides a financial incentive to companies hiring students. Working with career technical schools and colleges, the project will demonstrate the value of this approach to address the skill shortages in advanced manufacturing and will result in an advanced manufacturing career pathway. MAGNET recently hosted

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