Manufacturing Tomorrow’s Workforce
Building networks of mentors

Building networks of mentors

July 17, 2019

Christine LaFave Grace and Nandita Gupta, process controls engineer at Georgia-Pacific and a 2019 Influential Women in Manufacturing honoree. They discuss Gupta's experience entering the workforce with a mentor, and how she hopes to provide new engineers with a similar or better experience through a formal mentoring program at Georgia Pacific, which is set to launch soon.

How ISA Will-DuPage, local junior college are educating future engineers

How ISA Will-DuPage, local junior college are educating future engineers

June 5, 2019

David Riojas, president of the PCIT advisory board and past president of the ISA Will-DuPage chapter; Jeff Bradford, Joliet Junior College (JJC) technical department chair; and Joe Limon, PCIT instructor, explain the joint program to educate young process automation technicians.

Workforce roundtable with Putman editors

Workforce roundtable with Putman editors

May 22, 2019

A roundtable of Putman Media editors discuss workforce trends and challenges in their industries. You’ll hear from Control's Jim Montague, Food Processing's Pan Demetrakakes and Plant Services' Christine LaFave Grace.

How APT Manufacturing Solutions created its own talent pipeline

How APT Manufacturing Solutions created its own talent pipeline

May 8, 2019

Christine LaFave Grace interviews Anthony Nighswander, president of APT Manufacturing Solutions about APT’s training program for area high school students, which helps bring new talent into the company.

Benefits of gamers in the workforce

Benefits of gamers in the workforce

April 24, 2019

Amanda Del Buono interviews ABB’s Hampus Scharing, who authored the recent whitepaper titled "Attracting generation 'G' to 24/7 control rooms," about the benefits the gaming generation can bring to savvy organizations.

How to get grants to fund workforce projects

How to get grants to fund workforce projects

April 10, 2019

Christine LaFave Grace interviews Micki Vandeloo, president of Lakeview Consulting, to discuss how manufacturers can obtain grants to support their major projects and initiatives.

Breaking barriers to gender diversity in manufacturing

Breaking barriers to gender diversity in manufacturing

March 27, 2019

Sheri Plain, director of workforce services at Owensboro Community and Technical College (OCTC), and Amanda Saam, a new instructor at OCTC, explain the program they’ve developed with manufacturers in their community, and how they’re working to remove the barriers to entrance for women in the field.

Ensuring young engineers have the digital skills they need to succeed

Ensuring young engineers have the digital skills they need to succeed

March 13, 2019

Christine LaFave Grace, Plant Services' managing editor, interviews Aisha Lawrey, director of engineering education at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). They discuss how industrial companies can partner with schools and training programs to ensure young engineers are prepared for their careers.

Combating manufacturing misconceptions

Combating manufacturing misconceptions

February 27, 2019

Plant Services’ Christine LaFave Grace interviews Keith Barr, CEO and president of Leading2Lean, about its recent Workforce Index study, which looked at impressions of the U.S. manufacturing industry. They discuss how these perceptions impact workforce and potential solutions.

Innovative training for today’s workforce

Innovative training for today’s workforce

February 13, 2019

To further discuss the need to attract young people to manufacturing and share some innovative digital training methods that can help to fill the skills gap, ControlGlobal.com's digital engagement manager Amanda Del Buono is joined by Samer Forzley, CEO of Simutech Multimedia