This story was written by Brian Taylor, Director of Manufacturing, Telsmith.
Having worked in the equipment manufacturing industry for over two decades, I have seen the technology in our products evolve over time. The equipment and onboard computers have gotten “smarter”, allowing operators to do their jobs more efficiently and effectively.
But with this new age of technology comes the need to train our workforce to be able to build this modernized equipment lines. And that also means being able to find skilled workers when we are seeking to grow our numbers. During a recent I Make America Pancakes and Policy event, I appreciated the fact they highlighted workforce development as one of their legislative priorities.
At Telsmith, we work closely with the community and our local high schools to educate students and young adults about the equipment manufacturing industry and the jobs available. From human resources to fabrication, there are so many different ways you can join the ranks of our industry’s 1.3 million men and women. Many of these jobs require specialized training, and more federal funding and support would help our industry grow and prosper.
It’s important that we as an industry continue to promote the skills we need to machine, weld, and build equipment. I look forward to continue working with I Make America as they continue to tell our elected officials about the critical need for career and technical education, bringing our workforce into the 21st century.