a practical solution. “We did ask about the use of H-1B visas. What we learned it that for production the availability for H-1B workers minimal, but for engineering about 2.5% are H-1B visa holders,” said Starr. “That’s not a big number. When asked how they would be affected by a greater availability of H-1B visa holders, 72% said it would not significantly reduce their ability to recruit and retain employees.”
The National Association of Manufacturers and various universities are offering more manufacturing instruction in the curriculum for engineering and two-year programs. Plus, programs between the manufacturing industry and colleges are developing, particularly at the community college level. Yet Starr doesn’t see this as a near-term solution. “The programs can’t be build overnight,” said Starr. “I’ve hear about these programs in Colorado or other locations on a regular basis. A lot of colleges are beginning to get on board with this, but it will take time.”
Rob Spiegel has covered automation and control for 17 years, 15 of them for Design News . Other topics he has covered include supply chain technology, alternative energy, and cyber security. For 10 years, he was owner and publisher of the food magazine Chile Pepper .
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