Changing Workforce / Career Development

Why manufacturing is vital to engineering education

By Maria Klawe, Forbes contributor

Jun 08, 2015

Colleges and universities are not educating enough students to fill even the current available positions in manufacturing. According to the Society for Manufacturing Engineers (SME), there is a serious skill gap in the U.S. manufacturing workforce—from technician to engineer to manager. SME estimates  that 600,000 manufacturing jobs in the U.S. went unfilled at the height of the recent recession, from 2009-2012, due to a lack of skilled professionals.

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