Hiring for the manufacturing sector

11 Feb

Manufacturing is largely based on the work of machines.

Manufacturing is growing slowly but steadily in the U.S. The jobs that employee management hires for have changed from what they have been in the past. Formerly, jobs were largely based on labor and working with manual equipment, but the industry has become much more based on machines and robotics, so that the new face of manufacturing is tech-savvy and experienced with computers.

According to the Dayton Daily News, becoming a factory employee is a rewarding and stable job that often pays well. The requirements tend to be higher than they were formerly. For example, one company is looking for someone who can work confidently with automated machines.

"We're looking for CNC machinists with three to five years' experience. Programming is a plus, but we do our programming offline, so it's not a must," said Terry Kilbarger, manufacturing manager for RB Tool & Manufacturing Co. of Mount Healthy, Ohio. 

He added that finding adequate workers can be difficult in today's environment because the demand for labor is high, but not many people are experts at programming. Some businesses will hire workers with less experience if they have the right mindset. The company will then train those workers to work with machines and become adept at everything they need to know.

A recent Associated Press story described a slowdown in manufacturing. While this may be true in the short run, the long-term outlook of U.S. manufacturing is strong. Gas prices are low, and this means employees have money to spend on material goods. Although the dollar is strong versus foreign currency, which makes products more expensive overseas, people in the U.S. market have been buying more items.

The future of manufacturing HR
Human resources professionals in manufacturing firms will continue to hunt for the best job candidates and train people who are just out of school but have the right mindset. There is a shortage of quality, experienced workers, and hiring new people and training them to a high standard is likely a good solution. An additional thing affecting HR is big data. According to Forbes, manufacturing companies have been using big data to study email traffic and learn about how a high-performing manager does his or her job effectively. This may grow in importance as people begin to apply big data to the factory itself, so that humans become even more focused on maintaining and operating machines.

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