Manufacturers Are Looking for Software Engineers

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American manufacturers are enjoying a resurgence. Last month, they expanded at the fastest pace in nearly seven years. More importantly, over 80 percent of companies can’t find the technology help they need, and the shortage will only get worse as baby boomers retire.

FactoryAccording to a survey conducted by KPMG, nearly 41 percent of U.S. manufacturers plan to increase hiring in 2011. That could mean 230,000 new jobs before the end of the year.

We’re not talking about people to man the assembly line or fulfill orders here. Companies need professionals with technical skills to build and operate automated manufacturing systems. Hot jobs include mechanical and electrical engineers and those who can read and write machine programming code, design mechanical systems and troubleshoot problems. Since the industry is actively recruiting, you may be able to telecommute or relocate to a manufacturing town that features a lower cost of living.

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May 05, 2011 at 9:02 am, Tim said:

Three decades of declining jobs have pretty much killed off the industrial workforce here in America. A few new jobs will help pick up some who have been laid off, but the industrial sector will have to get heavily involved in paying for employee training programs if they want a skilled workforce.

And a note for the author – telecommute? Really? Think about programming a transfer station on a 500 ton press. There is no telecommuting in the manufacturing sector. You have to be hands on the equipment.

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