Over the next decade, over 3 million manufacturing jobs are expected to become available as baby boomers retire according to a 2015 study by the Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte LLC. Two million of jobs could remain unfilled, as workers are lacking in computing, technical, basic match and problem solving skills.
Manufacturing is crucial to the Louisville, Kentucky economy and manufacturing companies cannot fill jobs and are begging for CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machinists who, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, earn on average $20.78, while machinists with more experience can make $50,000 to $60,000 a year.
The Sullivan College of Technology and Design (SCTD) has launched a new program to fill the need for CNC Machinists by partnering with Haas Factory Outlet Midwest, a distributor for Haas Automation which builds machine tools, to open a new Haas Technical Education Center (HTEC) at SCTD’s Louisville campus to offer skills training in CNC machining.
The Haas Technical Education Centre provides hands-on training on HAAS CNC machine tools, which are machines that are fully automated and programmed to perform advanced manufacturing tasks. Students learn to program a computer to tell the machine what part to make which is a skill employers want and need.
Chris Ernst, executive director of the Sullivan College of Technology and Design says "It's part of our mission to educate students and parents about these career paths and explain that these are not low-skill, low pay professions. They are high skill, high pay and don’t require a four-year degree.”