July 26, 2021
July 26, 2021
July 19, 2022
Machinists are skilled tradespeople responsible for running a variety of machine tools to produce precision components for end-users or for use in other manufacturing. This project identifies the current and future change in the number of machinists in our region, especially the five-county service area of X College. We have seen a noticeable upward trend in the number of companies that contact the school looking for machining students to fill open positions at their companies. However, the Bureau of Labor Statistic information for Machinist and Tool and Die Makers (these two job titles are listed together), the job outlook is only 1% expected growth from 2016 to 2026. This leaves us wondering if there is more potential growth in our immediate area than predicted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, or if another phenomenon is occurring. Using an industry survey, the need for machinists is identified and evaluated to understand the state of this critical job in our immediate area. The results indicate the local industry needs more machinist to keep up with current demand, as 6 out of 14 companies reported they currently have open positions. The companies reported an average of 9 open positions for the lowest skill bracket, 9 positions for mid-level machinist, and 12 for the highest skill level. This is about 9.6% of all the machinists in the survey. Positions they are struggling to find qualified candidates for may stay open for long periods of time. Furthermore, most companies are trending in a positive direction overall, but have an average 15% of their current machinists eligible to retire, reinforcing the result that companies need more machinist.
Uddin, M. M., & Stufflestreet, B. A., & Johnson, K. V. (2021, July), Identifying the Need for Trained Machinists in the Greater Tri-cities Area: A Survey of Employers to Evaluate the Future of Machining Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. https://peer.asee.org/37271
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