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Uniting the Past, Present and Future of STEM Education

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If you think about it, there are numerous links that join the past, present and future of the manufacturing industry. To date, the industry is making the most of the past and present of manufacturing by highlighting its growth and improvements over the years. These include initiatives such as last month’s National Manufacturing Day and Month that demonstrate how manufacturing is filled with the use of new technology and that it’s provides a great future for its employees.

Appealing to Multiple Audiences

Through the exploration and re-introduction of the manufacturing environment to new groups, it’s possible to have a glimpse of the future of manufacturing and also what links the industry’s past, present and future. One major link is the ongoing use of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). STEM has numerous interactions in the lives of almost everyone from the use of a smartphone, an interaction at the bank or turning on a light. These things happen with such ease that it’s easy to forget the importance of STEM education in making it all happen.

Re-introducing STEM

Embracing STEM education from an early age may be one of the most important initiatives for the longevity and success of the manufacturing industry. For too many years, the emphasis and interest in STEM have lagged behind actual need. A result of this disinterest resurrected itself in the skills gap the industry continues to deal with.

The manufacturing industry is not alone in this problem. Overall, there is a gap when it comes to applicants in most STEM-related fields. In fact, a 2009 United States Department of Labor list showed 8 out of 10 of the most-wanted employees were for jobs with degrees in the STEM field. These included computer science, accounting, electrical and civil engineering, finance and economics.

In an effort to interest students in STEM education and its many benefits at a young age, there is a recent push to introduce the magic of STEM to new generations. This includes programs dedicated to introducing girls to programming and businesses such as The Works at the Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology. The Newark, Ohio organization offers outreach programs supplying teachers with standards-aligned classroom activities, interactive museum exhibits and school tours with pre- and post-tour STEM activities. The overall goal is to show how there are elements of STEM in everyday life and that using and understanding these skills and elements opens up a new world of fun and discovery. This is one initiative that will be easy for the collective industry to promote and benefit from for years to come.

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Charting the New Additive Manufacturing Roadmap

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While the presidential candidates continue to battle throughout the state over trade agreements on which the ink has long since dried, other manufacturing groups are looking for proactive ways to grow and expand the industry. At the beginning of August, America Makes and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) announced a call for interested parties to help identify existing standards and specifications for the future development of the additive manufacturing industry.

Creating a Road Map

In an effort to grow the industry, America Makes and ANSI are looking to assess gaps, make recommendations, set priorities and create a road map toward standardization of additive manufacturing by the end of the year. Slated for Monday, Sept. 26, the meeting will cover topics related to process, design, qualification, certification, non-destructive evaluation and maintenance and materials including precursor materials, process control, post-processing and finished-material properties.

An Open Call

America Makes and ANSI welcome all U.S. additive manufacturers. This includes, but is not limited to, government agencies, material suppliers, original equipment manufacturers, academia, standards-developing organizations and other stakeholders. The approach hopes to bring many ideas to the table in an effort to create a coordinated approach to additive manufacturing in the state.

Industry Reinvention

As a traditional manufacturer, it will be interesting to watch the reinvention of the manufacturing industry from this approach. In some ways, the industry is creating something new while also retaining some of its roots. Only time will tell if this approach will have the ability to produce a foothold in additive manufacturing that many within the state continue to strive for. One of the most positive elements of such initiatives is the gathering together of unique individuals and groups with a common goal. The inclusion of varied participants from academia to government agencies is a good way to achieve a new perspective for an industry that’s looking to reinvent from the inside out.

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Women in Manufacturing Will Help Bridge The Skills Gap

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For some time, there’s been a lot of talk about the need to recruit new and younger employees to the manufacturing industry. Many crusading for this important cause hope an inflection of technology-savvy individuals could be a way to mend the obvious skills gap in the industry. Culturally, there’s a bias imbedded in this initiative, an unspoken thought that many of these new employees would be male. Considering that the manufacturing industry has long been a male-dominated industry, this is hardly surprising, but a Cleveland, Ohio-based non-profit Women in Manufacturing is looking to change the status quo, as reported in hartfordbusiness.com.

Increasing the Numbers

According to Women in Manufacturing, approximately one in four of the 12 million manufacturing workers employed in the U.S. are female. This number is similar to what it was a decade ago. With an estimated shortage of 600,000 production workers, the non-profit argues it’s a good time to introduce more female workers to the manufacturing industry.

One way states are looking to induce more manufacturers to bring new workers to the industry is through a tax credit for small business “S” corporations who hire apprentices in manufacturing and other trades. Other tax credits promote building manufacturing skills through the schooling of middle- and high-school students.

Honoring New Female Manufacturing Leaders

In April, the Manufacturing Institute honored 130 females working in the manufacturing industry for their achievements. Occurring in Washington D.C., the fourth annual STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) awards recognize women who exhibit leadership in their industry. The national award identifies the best-of-the-best women working in the manufacturing industry and encourage them to use their leadership skills to mentor and support the next generation of women working in manufacturing.

Small Manufacturers Leading the Industry

Currently, small manufacturers are working to lead the industry forward in a number of ways, including adding more women to the manufacturing workforce. Other initiatives include bringing customers into the manufacturing and design process in order to create the perfect manufacturing solution for a deburring operation.

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