Manufacturers Must Invest in Training for Digital Factory Jobs

3D Printer Photo
3D Printer Photo
If manufacturers don’t train workers for next-generation jobs, American industry will have a workforce shortfall.American manufacturers need to step up and invest in training and education for a new breed of digital factory jobs, otherwise those jobs will leave the country.

 “Our big message is that blue collar jobs have become digital,” Sarah Boisvert, founder of the non-profit Fab Lab Hub and author of the book, The New Collar Work Force, “To meet the needs of Industry 4.0 and smart manufacturing, manufacturers are going to have to train people for ‘new collar’ jobs.”

New skills will be needed in digital factories. Those skills include the ability to run and repair 3D printers, the ability to collect data, and the ability to work with CAD files and programs. Equally important, prospective employees will need to have hands-on experience in the so-called “maker space;” they will need basic math skills; and they will have to be adept at problem solving.

Those skills are largely unavailable in today’s youth.

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