Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition


Workforce Imperative: A Manufacturing Education Strategy


SME- Workforce Imperative: A Manufacturing Education Strategy

The skilled labor shortage is impacting business decisions to invest in the next generation of Smart Manufacturing.  With an estimated 600,000 unfilled manufacturing positions across the U.S. today, the retirement of much of our core workforce over the next 10 years, and new generations not prepared to – or even interested in – taking their place, the Manufacturing industry is facing a crisis.
It is critical that we overcome it before it impacts our economy any further and our nation’s security.
The Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition supports the Workforce Imperative: A Manufacturing Education Strategy being led by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers which calls for educators, industry, professional organizations and government to work together to:

  1. Attract more students into manufacturing
  2. Articulate a standard core of manufacturing knowledge
  3. Improve the consistency and quality of manufacturing curriculum
  4. Integrate manufacturing topics into STEM education
  5. Develop faculty that deliver a world-class manufacturing education
  6. Strategically deploy resources to accomplish these goals 

Denise Swink
Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition