Welders vs. Philosophers

By November 17, 2015General, Shopfloor Main

Presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) won a round of applause from the audience at the fourth Republican primary in Milwaukee, Wisc., when he suggested the United States needs more welders and fewer philosophers. Overall, America needs far more people in the skilled trades. The NAM’s Manufacturing Institute estimates that, over the next 10 years, a gap in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (or STEM) skills will result in more than 2 million jobs in manufacturing left unfilled. That talent shortage threatens not only the manufacturing resurgence in America but also the level of economic growth the United States requires to keep our future brighter than our past.

So it’s time more Americans aspired to careers in manufacturing, which, to the senator’s point, are not only highly respectable but also highly compensated. Students and parents need to see STEM fields as exciting, empowering—and worthy to pursuing.

That’s a part of the message David Landon, welding engineering manager of NAM member company Vermeer Corporation, took to Fox Business. Watch.


Erin Streeter

Erin Streeter

Senior Vice President at National Association of Manufacturers
Erin Streeter serves as senior vice president of communications and brand strategy at the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) the nation’s largest industrial trade association and the leading voice for the manufacturing sector in the United States.In this role, Ms. Streeter is the association’s chief communications officer and reports to the president and CEO. As a member of the senior leadership team, she oversees the communications department, which encompasses media relations, public relations, executive communications, digital communications, social media and creative services.
Erin Streeter

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