Skills Gap: Manufacturing Jobs For the Asking

By January 20, 2008Education and Training

Reuters presents a good nuts-and-bolt examination of the high demand for jobs in the U.S. manufacturing sector. Attitudes about manufacturing and work, demographic forces and lack of training contribute to the shortage of skilled employees.

From “‘Help Wanted’ highlights skills drain in U.S.

TRAFFORD, Pennsylvania (Reuters) – Only half the machines are running at precision parts maker Hamill Manufacturing, nestled in the Allegheny Mountains just east of Pittsburgh, once the booming center of the U.S. steel industry.

But the factory’s overcapacity is the result not of a shortage of business — it has more orders than it can fill, despite a slowing U.S. economy — but because of a shortage of skilled workers.

“I’d hire 10 machinists right now if I could,” said John Dalrymple, president of the company, which makes high-end parts for military helicopters and nuclear submarines. “That’s eight to 10 percent of our workforce.”

Working on military helicopters and submarines? Sounds like interesting and important work…

Hamill Manufacturing’s website is

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