Is "automation" a thing? You've noticed all the CNC machines in the world, right... Is it coming to take *all* of the jobs? Probably not...
But they read it in an article at the dentist's office ! Automation is taking over, there won't be any jobs for manual workers anymore ! It's the wave of the future !
(And has been since 1970 that I know of. Probably even earlier.)
It's kinda funny ... you hear that crap from the academics (mostly so-called economists) and then compare it to the real world remarks from people who do it.
Automobiles are probably the only thing left in the US with production numbers that big. Even then, why did they shitcan Oldsmobile ? If automation is so cool, why couldn't they keep low numbers of cars sold viable ? Automation is so groovy, they should be able to make three pieces economically.It sort of has taken over.
A engine or transmission plant that in the 70s would have employed a few thousand is now maybe 500 or less.
It is called capitalism.
In the case of the automotive sector, it also has a lot to do with things that have happened to the labor pool over the last 100 years or so. There is a lot of back history one needs to read up on and then one needs to look at what the current state of affairs is - labor wise. One really has to experience it in person to understand it.
I have been in this industry since 1978. Every company I have worked for has had difficulty finding skilled people for the floor. That lack of skilled labor is forcing automation. Kind of sad, lots of jobs, no workers to fill them.
Bullshit. Stupid bullshit, in fact. But off-topic.More people have been killed by the swords of communism than by those of capitalism.
I want to push the green button all day. Then collect my money and go home to do what I like. I don't mind measuring parts and changing offsets but that's about it. Fuck this slaving your ass off for another twelve cents an hour.And would you rather have a job where you set up, program, debug, monitor such a cell as Gobo is talking about, or do you really want to just load/unload/push the green button all day?
My present employer has for many years worked closely with our community college and several of the grade schools to encourage, train and recruit local talent. We have invested heavily in training, both hands on and computer based, with mixed results. To hear someone say they have no problems finding skilled help is encouraging. Would you share some details on how you have been successful?Nobody walks in off the street into a shop skilled. Don't care where you came from or if you have a card.
Yet the whine "we can't find skilled people".
Perhaps your "every company" is not so good or interested in teaching and developing employees?
I don't have this problem.