Trends in Advanced Industries- Brookings Institute.

The Brookings Institute has prepared a comprehensive report on America’s Advanced Industries- Industries that invest at least $450 per worker in research and development and employ at least 20% of their workforce in STEM- intensive occupations.

Advanced Industries matter to you because they represent both an economic foundation and they led the post-recession recovery. Advanced Industries are where the future jobs are- as they are where the sustainable growth will be.

In Ohio, according to this report, 17 of the 25 largest Advanced Industries in 2015 were markets served by  our Precision Machining Companies. Motor Vehicle Parts, General Purpose Machinery, Power Generation and Supply, Precision Instruments, Medical Equipment and Supplies and many more are “where the career action is.”

OHIO Brookings

The Brookings report first explains what advanced industries are and why they matter. It next charts the changing momentum and geography of the sector, with a special focus on these trends as they surface in larger metropolitan areas. Finally, a discussion section offers some takeaways for regional and national policymakers and economic development leaders. Maps, charts, and individualized state and metropolitan area “trend profiles” are available on the report website.

Overall, the trends reveal both the value and evolving distribution of advanced economic activity and the need for urgent federal as well as state and local efforts to boost their growth and broadening their reach.

Link to report and interactive data

Thank you to Brookings for this outstanding and useful report. Let’s do our part to get it in the hands of the policy makers and job seekers and educators and guidance counselors in our communities to make a difference.

For more information about STEM careers, check out our article in Production Machining: Careers, College, Dollars and STEM

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What’s Your Plan? What’s Your Home Field Advantage?

“People who get the best options, the best money, the best jobs- have a plan. What’s your plan, if the college plan doesn’t come through?”

If college was your first plan, but now it’s not, you need an alternative plan. The difference between low wages and a good paying career is having a plan.

  • Hundreds of jobs in your hometown that employers want to see filled with local talent.
  • The best possible job for you should match your skills and your interests
  • Careers with a future
  • Let you grow you pay quickly based on your performance

There are career options that give you “Home Field Advantage.”

Alternate Career Plan #1 Direct to Work

Alternate Career Plan #2 Apprenticeship

Alternate Career Plan #3 Military Service

Thanks to PMPA Member  Company Vanamatic Company and Ohio Means Jobs for the video and wise career counsel.

What’s your plan?

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“Life-changing” Right Skills Now Program Recognized in National Study

RSN graphic

MakingMakers: Rebuilding the Manufactuiring Workforce Through Competencies and Credentials was just released by the hope street group and Alcoa Foundation. The Right Skills Now Program, developed by former PMPA past-president Darlene Miller while serving on the President’s Job Council, is one of several programs highlighted as a leading way that manufacturers can overcome the obstacles to hiring and training future talent.


The basis of Right Skills Now is the NIMS credentialing process which assures that graduates have demonstrable skills as well as aptitude for precision machining work.

Right Skills Now uses a modular curriculum based on NIMS Credentials to provide an accelerated route to employment by giving candidates immediately useable workplace skills.

Right Skills Now is supported by the Precision Machined Products Association through our member involvement and through the support of our Educational Foundation which underwrites grants to community colleges and technical schools to adopt the NIMS credentialling program.

For schools in your area that offer training in Precision Machining, as well as NIMS and RSN accreditation, please check our Comprehensive Training Database.

Do the challenges that you face make it feel like it is  impossible for you to plan the future? You might want to consider doing what Mike Hunter did – Right Skills Now  resulted in a good paying, life changing career for him!

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Developing Skilled Workforce-Reader Center at Gateway Technical College

The need for highly skilled craftsmen and women is everywhere…around the world. Today, here at Gateway, you can learn a skill, locally, that can take you anywhere in the world you want to go.”- Mike Reader


Reader Precision Machining & Manufacturing (RPM Center) at Gateway Technical College

Gateway Technical College  held a ribbon-cutting April 20, 2016 for its new Reader Precision Machining and Manufacturing (RPM) Center at their Elkhorn Campus. The RPM Manufacturing Center represents the most modern and state-of-the-art CNC manufacturing education and technology, to best meet the training needs of Walworth County manufacturers.

The skills gap that you hear about in the news is Real. We are doing this to rebuild our manufacturing base through ongoing technical educcation providing rewarding career opportunity for our community. Here at Gateway, you can learn a skill, locally, that can take you anywhere in the world you want to go.”– Mike Reader, CEO, Precision Plus

“With the leadership and support of Michael Reader and Precision Plus, this center will support the many manufacturers of Walworth County with a pipeline of well-trained, highly skilled employees,” said Gateway Technical College President and CEO Bryan Albrecht. The celebration featured Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, who spoke during this program.

Congratulations to Mike Reader and the whole team at Precision Plus for leading the way with this visionary approach to developing our skilled labor force.

What’s it like to work at Precision Plus? Take a virtual tour.


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Workers Biggest Asset In Manufacturing- Fortune

There’s a lot of hiring in manufacturing, and there’s a lot of demand in manufacturing,” says Saxena, who points out that the perception of the sector as less-than-glamorous needn’t be a barrier to retaining valuable people. “If you treat your employees with respect and you involve them in your decision making, they’ll go the extra mile for you, regardless of their job title.”  –Anil Saxena, Great Places to Work

Not your grandfather's factory job!

Not your grandfather’s factory job!

Here are 6  reasons why manufacturing careers are a great choice according to Great Places to Work / Fortune:

  1. “Manufacturing has changed. The shop floors of most American industrial facilities would be unrecognizable to someone working in them only a generation ago. So have many of their jobs, pushing companies to retool their relationships with employees as they compete for a shrinking pool of skilled workers.”
  2. Pride and a sense of purpose represent further areas where the best manufacturing and production employers outshine their peers. Ninety-three percent of employees among these companies say they’re proud of what they accomplish on the job, and 94 percent say they feel good about the ways they contribute to the community.”-
  3. “Manufacturing companies clearly understand now that, in order to be exceptional and successful, it’s not just about hiring hands. It’s about hiring and engaging heads and hearts,”
  4. “92 percent of employees at companies on the list say their leaders would lay people off only as a last resort. That’s even better than the response from people at companies on the broader ranking of the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For,
  5. “People at the best employers in manufacturing and production also feel they get a fair shake during positive economic cycles, with an average of 82 percent saying they receive a fair share of profits.”
  6. “The job skills crucial to a 21st century manufacturing environment give the people who possess them leverage to expect more from employers.”

Don’t just take it from us. The people at Best Places to Work / Fortune have facts and experience behind their recommendations. read the entire article Evolving Manufacturing Workers

Thanks to Fortune and their Best Places to Work Partners for showing the positive side of careers in Manufacturing.


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Downside To Not Paying Back Student Loans

Just learned that Federal Marshalls have made arrests in delinquent student loan cases.

According to Houston Channel 26:

Arrested over unpaid student loans!

Arrested over unpaid student loans!

Paul Aker says he was arrested at his home last week for a $1500 federal student loan he received in 1987. Seven deputy US Marshals showed up at his home with guns and took him to federal court where he had to sign a payment plan for the 29-year-old school loan.

The US Marshals in Houston says that  Aker isn’t the first and won’t be the last.
They have to serve anywhere from 1200 to 1500 warrants to people who have failed to pay their federal student loans.

Houston Channel 26 coverage.

With over 22% of young college Graduates unemployed or underemployed according to the Economic Policy Institute, It would be wise to determine if that student loan debt will help you get a job, or just be a burden for the rest of your life.

Investigate a career in precision machining and avoid the student debt… and its consequences.

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Skills USA- Mike Rowe Talks about the Skills Gap

Just 60 seconds to understand the opportunities to build great careers through skills like precision machining.

By the way, according to Adecco, there are 391,130 Baby Boomer Machinists that will need replaced as they retire.

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