Automation Impacts Welding Profession

  • Date: April 18, 2018
  • Posted by:Jeannine Kunz, Vice President, Tooling U-SME

When it comes to job openings for maintenance and repair workers, welding is one of the top four skills requested, according to Burning Glass TechnologiesLabor Insight Jobs report.

That’s not surprising since the welding industry is expected to face a shortage of 400,000 operators by 2024, our partners at the American Welding Society tell us. This is primarily due to the aging population of current welders and a skills gap of qualified employees to fill open positions. Read More.

Manufacturers: Robots Are Friends, Not Foes

  • Date: April 12, 2018
  • Posted by:Jeff Krause, Chief Executive Officer, SME

When I think about robots, a few things come to mind: Automation, smart manufacturing, artificial intelligence, R2-D2, WALL-E and better opportunities for workers. Robots have clearly impacted pop culture, but also many industries throughout the U.S. including agriculture, healthcare, defense, and manufacturing. This week, April 7-15, we celebrate National Robotics Week (#RoboWeek) to acknowledge the importance of the robotics industry, especially in relation to manufacturing. Read More.