Today’s maintenance and operations technicians and engineers hold their facility in the palm of their hand. Compared to even 10 years ago, a far smaller number of technicians are now responsible for a significantly more complex workload—and the stakes are high.
We’ve all heard the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Retirees exiting today’s workforce may result in a potential shortage of nearly 10 million skilled workers by 2012. Our mission is to help America maintain a highly safe and proficient skilled workforce, and to play a role in developing the supply of talent required to meet the demand.
Increasingly, the industrial sector faces a shortage of skilled workers that’s a result of two simultaneous trends: a disproportionate number of aging workers nearing retirement, and a declining pool of college graduates equipped with the skills to maintain, progress and innovate the industry. This shortage will have a profound effect on businesses seeking candidates and on the national economy, which is why we must combine industry programs with public-private educational partnerships to correct the situation.
In a recent Congressional hearing, Georgetown University Public Policy Professor Harry Holzer stated, “The ratio of job vacancies to new hires in manufacturing is higher than we find in any other major industry group.”
Earlier this year, I wrote about challenges facing industry, including the loss of highly specialized engineers and technicians. While finding and retaining key talent has always been a key part of the growth strategies at Waukesha Bearings and its business unit Inpro/Seal, the task has become increasingly difficult in recent years.
As your workload continues to increase, it’s only right that your tools should do more. That includes your trusty multimeter, which should allow you to carry fewer tools and still get the job done faster and better.
Agilent Technologies—the world’s premier measurement company—has introduced that type of harder-working tool specifically for you: It’s the new U1233A Handheld Digital Multimeter.
New Generation Of Smart Meters Lets You Do More With Less
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By William C. Livoti
Given the surge in demand for electricity and a projected increase in global population (9 billion by 2030), the importance of available energy can’t be underestimated. In the United States, our nation’s economic growth and prosperity depend on plentiful, reliable and affordable electricity.