Adding to last week’s post about STEM, here are other encouraging observations on STEM education: Boy Scouts now can get a Merit Badge in CAD. This is literally an observation; from the display of merit badges at a grandson’s Eagle Scout ceremony:
And another grandson chooses the engineering path: Puyallup junior delves into rocket science.
While shopping I’ve seen “toys” and science kits that would encourage youngsters to learn about STEM, most recently in the gift shop at the aquarium in Honolulu:
Other information about STEM:
DiscoverE (formerly the National Engineers Week Foundation), encouraging students towards STEM
(BTW, this is also the site for finding engineering sites to check out while you are on vacation.)
It’s Not a Skills Gap Automation World
The STEM Crisis Is a Myth IEEE Spectrum
Is There a Skills Gap? It’s Less Clear-Cut Than You Think ideaslaboratory.com
The Skills Crisis and Retooling the Lost Generation Automation.com
Are Salaries, Not Skills, Keeping Automation Jobs Unfilled? Automation World
7 things noncontrol people should know about control engineers Control Engineering
Excerpt: The U.S. government has more than 50 job codes for IT professionals but NONE for control engineers.
Changing nature of work
The skills gap problem comes into sharper focus when considering the changing nature of manufacturing work during the past five years. Many manufacturers have redesigned and streamlined production lines while increasingly automating processes. While some remaining job roles will require less technically skilled workers, ironically, these trends and innovations actually demand more skilled workers, such as maintenance engineers. This changing nature of work is consistent across industries and companies of different size, and can make it difficult for workers to keep up with employment demands.
Goodbye, low-education manufacturing jobs; hello, high-education manufacturing jobs.