Blueprint for Hiring the Next Generation of Machine Shop Operators

October 20, 2014 / , , , , , ,

Machine shops, just like every other segment of the manufacturing industry, are facing a huge challenge that is only going to intensify in the years to come. That challenge is the skills gap, and if you aren’t facing this issue head on just yet, you will be soon.

As stated in a previous blog post, skilled production workers are one of the largest workforce segments facing retirement in the near future, which will have an impact on the number of experienced workers on the shop floor. Meanwhile, the next generation of workers just isn’t interested in pursuing manufacturing careers. Large corporations like GE are trying to change that, but shifting cultural perception isn’t something that happens overnight. This is leaving manufacturers with a small pool of talent from which to choose.

Actively attacking the skills gap may require machine shops to adjust the ways they both hire and maintain talent. In other words, perhaps part of the solution is for managers to change their perception of what makes a good operator or, better yet, what it takes to develop a good operator.

Taking into account the current talent pool, below are some tips on finding and maintaining the next generation of operators: