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Workforce Pipeline: Creating Pathways to Careers in Manufacturing

Jeffrey M. Krause, Executive Director & CEO, SME


We’ve all seen the headlines: “CEOs Say Skills Gap Is Problematic” (U.S. News & World Report); “Manufacturers upbeat, despite workforce concerns” (Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal); “Manufacturing workforce development starts with our youth” (Assembly magazine); and “Local manufacturers work together to attract workers” (The Virginian-Pilot). I could cite many more articles, yet the message would remain consistent—“Even with the most weight given to the broadest indicators—STEM employment and STEM degrees granted—the Index shows there has only been modest gains in overall STEM activity since 2000, indicating that the existing pool of talent is still too shallow to adequately meet demand” (U.S. News & World Report). Full Article

Third Annual 30 Under 30: Recognizing the Future Leaders of Manufacturing

Advanced Manufacturing Media Staff


For the third year, Manufacturing Engineering is proud to celebrate 30 young people under the age of 30 who have demonstrated exceptional talent and leadership in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics—fields that are essential underpinnings to a career in manufacturing. These young people have taken the road less traveled, and we applaud them for it. Full Article

SME Speaks: My Freshman Year: It's All about Time

Zachary Loeb, 2014 SME Education Foundation Family Scholarship Recipient


My experience as a freshman at the University of Central Florida (UCF) reinforces my belief that time is one of the most precious things we’ve ever been given. Time seems to move three times faster at a university than in my previous life. In addition to your studies, there are so many activities and opportunities happening at such an incredible pace that you can become completely immersed in them. The brilliant minds and wealth of knowledge is awe inspiring. Full Article

Workforce Pipeline: Manufacturing a Competitive Edge with Talent Supply Chain Management

Joseph Lampinen, MS, CMfgE, PMP, Director, Engineering Center of Excellence, Kelly Services, Inc.


In 2007, a leading OEM’s leadership embarked on a plan to streamline its US-based operations to make them more efficient. One of the main pain points was that the company relied on a total of 38 different suppliers to deliver talent—making it almost impossible to establish a unified talent management and cost policy. In order to simplify its talent strategy, the company engaged Kelly Outsourcing and Consulting Group (KellyOCG®) to consolidate its talent supply chain into a single provider system. Full Article

UpFront: Inspire, Teach, Mentor and Celebrate

Editor in Chief Sarah A. Webster


It’s always an uplifting time when the team here at Advanced Manufacturing Media gets together to review the candidates for our 30 Under 30 issue, which is now in its third year. If you’ve ever worried about manufacturing’s current and future workforce—and I know that many people out there have and do—please take comfort in the hard work (it’s not just talent) that we highlight in this year’s special issue. Full Article

Viewpoints: Let's Celebrate the Olympians of the Trades!

Dan Newby, Educational Programs Manager, CNC Software Inc.


The WorldSkills Competition was established in 1950. It’s the world’s largest professional education event. Competitors from more than 72 countries and regions in the Americas, Europe, Asia, South Pacific, India, the Middle East and Africa simulate real work challenges that must be completed to international standards of quality. Nearly 1000 adolescents under the age of 24 compete. Full Article

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