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13.09.2017

Manufacturing jobs of the future

Manufacturing jobs of the future By: Vicki Bell, with materials from UI LABS and ManpowerGroup.

Are you familiar with the terms IoT and Industry 4.0? Are you aware of the digital evolution occurring in manufacturing? What does this evolution mean for manufacturing jobs and training? A comprehensive study from UI LABS and ManpowerGroup answers some of these questions.

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Say you’re a young person interested in a career in manufacturing. What types of jobs are out there, and what training do you need? Will today’s training adequately prepare you for a lifelong career in manufacturing? To help answer those questions, you might want to take a look at a new study from UI LABS and ManpowerGroup that has identified 165 data-centric jobs that will define the future of manufacturing in the United States.

Descriptions for jobs such as collaborative robotics specialist, manufacturing cybersecurity strategist and enterprise digital ethicist give a window into the advanced skills and knowledge needed to put new technology into practice and remain globally competitive. The report also describes the type and level of educational degree associated with each position, ranging from an AAS in Robotics Technology to a Ph.D. in Mathematics or Engineering.

"The new roles we have identified will help prepare American workers for the technological shift that is underway, providing attractive, well-paying jobs for the next generation of manufacturers," said Caralynn Nowinski Collens, CEO of UI LABS. "A smart factory is going to be very dependent on this new workforce."

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“The Digital Workforce Succession in Manufacturing” report is touted to be “the first to offer such a comprehensive workforce playbook to help companies develop a talent pipeline for existing and factories. The research includes in-depth profiles for 20 roles that span a range of ‘digital’ technologies and business practices.”

The report also describes the type and level of educational degree associated with each position, ranging from an AAS in robotics technology to a Ph.D. in mathematics or engineering.

“‘Digitization is transforming the job market, creating a need for people with more advanced skills in manufacturing, and our work with UI LABS is evidence of this,’ said Jonas Prising, Chairman and CEO of ManpowerGroup. ‘By mapping the digital roles and skills of the future, our research will help companies and schools upskill today's manufacturing workforce for the connected, smart machine, and augmented-technology jobs of an increasingly digital enterprise. This will help bridge the skills gap and highlights the advanced and attractive jobs emerging on the forefront of the manufacturing sector.’”

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According to the report: Along the way, the entire ecosystem of manufacturers, government, educators, and the workforce itself needs to ask and answer:

  • What’s on the roadmap to being successful in adopting digital manufacturing and design technologies?
  • Where are the skills and capabilities to lead and delivery on the promise of digital technology?
  • How do we describe the work to be done, the jobs and the roles, and workforce to do it?
  • How can workforce role and job structures flex to accelerate the succession - the change in response to a disruption - of a transforming global industry?
The majority of roles (more than 60 percent) are known as producer roles. “In any broad community of related workers, some roles are responsible for the group’s major accomplishments and output. These are the roles that are usually larger in number and through their work they elevate the volume of output that the overall organization accomplishes.

“The size of the workforce in these roles is a business factor for each manufacturer based on their size and their ‘niche’ or area of business across the manufacturing life cycle. Producers can be at any level or any type (technician to engineer to manager, etc.). In their roles, they magnify and amplify the resources given. These essential functions, across any domain where some are more specialized and others more generalized, are responsible for much of the continuous work output of a manufacturer – they convert key resources into outcomes for the business and produce the lion’s share of the overall value.

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“Producers enable the ecosystem to flourish by expanding and optimizing resources through both generalist and specialist role making. Digital Design Specialist, Digital Manufacturing IT Systems Analyst, and Digital Product Manager are among the roles within this category.”

Understanding the changing nature of our industry and the evolving nature of how the workforce is going through succession to a newer and more adapted state, demands the time to both honor our productive past and create a talent base for the future. Doing so will require alignment on the workforce as a community of capability, and leveraging its management as a talent ecosystem, where taking action collectively and having mutual accountability is the only guarantee of sustained existence. To achieve results as digital leaders and be digital optimizers overall, manufacturers will first and always need to optimize their talent.

Commentary from Dreambird:

Whilst the technologies are quickly changing our lives, making daily routines different and forcing humans to adapt to them, manufacturing environment is much slower in accepting those changes. Even if the company management is eager to implement new processes and digital solutions and invest in it, this is always slow and complicated to do: the employees take it harder to learn new technologies and change practices they were using for ages - even if the implemented solutions will result to significant time savings.

Changing the common approaches in manufacturing by implementation of modern technologies, Industry 4.0 processes and the IoT should begin from changing curriculum of technical education institutions that are responsible for training talents for manufacturing. Learning CAD/CAM products related to fabrication and NC code preparation is already happening, but it is definitely too slow - much slower than the new technologies show up.

Dreambird is ready to cooperate with higher technical education institutions and universities, assisting to create training programs for learning modern innovative Vero Software CAD/CAM solutions and offer everything for training premises. Developer of Radan, Edgecam and other software solutions is eager to offer the best conditions and significant discounts for software licences designated for universities and training programs. We also offer individual and group training for manufacturing employees onsite and via Internet. Preparing such training, we consider the individual preferences of applicants and practices they use in their work on a daily basis.





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