OMI Engineering Technology Skills Research Published in Economic Development Quarterly
Authors Fran Stewart, OMI senior fellow, and Kathryn Kelley, executive director, authored a research article "Connecting Hands and Heads: Retooling Engineering Technology for the 'Smart' Manufacturing Workplace" to determine the engineering skills needed for advanced manufacturing careers. The February 2020 student published in Economic Development Quarterly analyzed US labor data on occupational skill requirements and employment projections through 2026 and connected the results with focus groups and follow-on interviews with manufacturers across Ohio. After exploring current and projected workforce challenges faced by manufacturers, the authors recommended an expanded role for universities in preparing and retraining the next-generation workforce. Developing engineering technology or applied engineering educational programs with multiple on and off ramps will facilitate the growing need for business-oriented engineering leaders to run the factories of tomorrow.
The link to the Economic Development Quarterly article is available by clicking here.