Here’s a question. What did employers and employees do back in the 1900’s when electricity was being introduced? I sure there was a huge skill shortage back then since it was newly invented with no similar technologies to draw compatible skills and how did they deal with it? The same thing is probably true with Steam engines (1800’s), automobile (1900’s), telephones (1890’s), televisions (1930’s), commercial mainframe computers (1950’s), and many others. So how come all of a sudden people do not have skills?
For those of you following this thread, I highly recommend this analysis of U.S. manufacturing productivity statistics. It is an article of faith among most economists that manufacturing efficiencies over the last two decades have contributed to steadily growing U.S. manufacturing output. But now some experts are challenging that view, saying computer and electronics manufacturing inflated that overall numbers and that U.S. manufacturing statistics fail to take globalization, e.g., the offshoring of manufacturing, into account.
The link below will take you to this excellent analysis:
Really? I see two people who were given voice: a smarting "Cleantech" Market Researcher and a DOE Program Manager. So who were the "Corporate Executives" that were there?
As for the "idealsitic platitudes" I'd say the entire 7th and 8th paragraphs.
If you are older, established, and have a lot of baggage to move, and many posted jobs state "no relocation available", and you have already relocated twice and both times resulted in layoffs, you tend to be a bit more careful these days about relocating.
Here's a training update from the Nation's Capital. Not much manufacturing in DC, but the more training, the better:
George, idealistic platitudes are nice to ponder over beer but if "Most" argued this: "that labor costs and energy usage aren’t the key barriers" then I am more interested in what the "some" had to say. That is since they are probably the only non-bureaucrats in the room. You know...makers, the productive, people who actually pay the bills and balance the books, etc.. Will a report on their opinions be forthcoming from our friends at EE Times?
one point i noted is using automation can bring back the manufacturing from china. A lot of research and development in the area of robots which are more efficient than human can do it.Based on the population ratio of China to USA this can be achieved.1 US employee if he could complete the work of 20 China employees using automation can be paid 10 times salary of China and rest 10 times can be expended on the robot. This will create more jobs in USA.
I hope these seminars will help US to revive the manufacturing. But I'm not really sure how this is going to help. Government should encourage more and more manufacturing with tax incentives for the companies.
Our advantage over China rests with out unmatched design capability, as the commentators at the Energy Department conference repeatedly pointed out. This capability must be integral to the (re)training of American workers so that we can build up flexible, regional manufacturing clusters that can leverage American know-how and superior productivity.