Saturday, September 10, 2011

Frustrated Maintenance Technicians and Maintenance Managers

I have a couple solutions for the frustrated maintenance technicians side of the problem and the frustrated maintenance managers (or whoever is doing the hiring) side of the problem.

1. When hiring maintenance technicians and others, use the internet for pre-screening before deciding who gets to send a resume in for your review. You can develop your own customized little quiz with the free online assessment tool at After you receive an acceptable score for your quiz from a potential candidate, you can email them instructions on how to get you their resume. (this will cut out computer illiterate, bogus applicants to reduce # of resumes you need to consider)

2. Promote throughout our industry the need to define the “Maintenance Technician” job, training and certification, so employers are more likely to get what they expect and maintenance technicians can know what pay they should expect. I have written a new article to help start to organize this grey area called the “Maintenance Technician”. The more industry leaders see this, the better chance they will come together to correct it. Resulting in a stinger industry and trade. So please share my observations with others in the industry.


Don (Follow me on Industrial Skills Training Blog and on Twitter @IndTraining .)

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Craft Maintenance Training: Blueprint for Success

Getting ready to come out with an article about a clear career pathway to becoming a Maintenance Technician (And what the hell is a maintenance technician anyway. ;>), and while doing research for the maintenance technician article, found the article below I feel everyone in the industry needs to read.

Please read "Craft Maintenance Training: Blueprint for Success" Thank you everyone who is doing their little part to help the industrial maintenance trade. Even if it is just sharing this blog post with your friends. Enjoy your Labor Day!
Don (Follow me on Industrial Skills Training Blog and on Twitter @IndTraining .)

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Middle-Skill Jobs in the American South's Economy

A 36 page report titled "Middle-Skill Jobs in the American South's Economy" done in August 2011 for the Southern Governors' Association found middle-skill jobs which require more than a High School diploma, but less than a 4 year degree, among the "Top 10 hardest to fill jobs". The studies show on average 5% of America's unemployment is due to the skills gap. There are middle-skill jobs to be had, but not enough middle-skilled people to fill them.

You can see from the chart above the future demand for middle-skilled employees will grow while the demand for others will shrink. Of particular interest to our readers is the data in the report showing Advanced Manufacturing job numbers far out way other sectors like IT, R&D, construction, and public safety. Manufacturing was second only to Healthcare industry demand. These are facts our educators, the unemployed and those preparing to enter into the job market should consider. A really smart choice is those skilled trades that cross over to several of those industries, like an electrician. (Electricians find employment in residential, HVAC, Construction and manufacturing.)
While the above report is based on data for surveys of employers for the southern States, it is a sample of  our country as whole. I highly recommend those seeking advice in which way their career should go and what education they should seek, take a look at the two reports linked to in this post. There are also some great video interviews with employers stating exactly what they are looking for in an employee for the upcoming years.

Another must read... "America’s Forgotten Middle-Skill Jobs: Education and Training Requirements in the Next Decade and Beyond" by the National Skills Coalition

Excerpt: "While middle-skill jobs have declined slightly as a portion of total employment nationwide,
roughly half of all employment today is in middle-skill occupations. And nearly half (about 45 percent) of all job openings between 2004 and 2014 will be at the middle-skill level. This compares with one-third of job openings in high-skill occupational categories and 22 percent in occupations requiring no more than a high school degree."

Don (Follow me on Industrial Skills Training Blog and on Twitter @IndTraining .)