September 28, 2022

Publication of the “Future of Manufacturing” report – Metrology and Quality News

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and Autodesk, Inc. have released the results of their multi-phase collaborative research project on “The Future of Manufacturing”. To provide industry and academic guidance for advanced manufacturing, ASME and Autodesk conducted a research study from August 2021 to May 2022 that investigated and identified future workflows and skills needed for manufacturing roles. mechanical engineering, manufacturing engineering and machinist over the next decade as these roles converge and evolve.

“The voices of the industry have clearly denounced the large gaps between the professional skills required and the skills of the candidates. The skills gap will only widen as manufacturing companies accelerate their digital transformation towards Industry 4.0,” according to the research report “Future of Manufacturing”. The report includes recommendations and adoption guidelines for educators and manufacturers on system-level approaches to reduce “time to talent” and achieve Industry 4.0 business outcomes. In addition, the report advocates collaboration between government, industry and academia to create the manufacturing workforce of tomorrow.

The research team reviewed existing literature from nearly 80 academic, government and industry sources in the United States, United Kingdom and European Union, interviewed 30 academics and industry leaders in the United States and the UK, and interviewed over 300 people in the US and UK. , and Canada.

“We really had to ask ourselves and the field, what is the next step? What are the professions of the future and the skills needed for these professions? And above all, how and who do we train for positions that do not yet exist? says Ashley Huderson, Ph.D., ASME’s director of engineering education and outreach and research team leader.

Emerging technologies including design for manufacturing (DfM), operations technology infrastructure, artificial intelligence/machine learning technologies such as generative design, embedded software platforms, and centralized data management , will require new skills from engineers and machinists in mechanics and manufacturing, the researchers found. The report recommends training and education to develop these “hard skills” for current and future employees. Additionally, engineers and machinists will need strong “soft skills,” including creative problem solving, communication, and collaboration, as well as interdisciplinary skills to fill the gaps in each position.

“Our results demonstrate a shared commitment between industry and academia to build a bright future for manufacturing,” says Simon Leigh, senior director of design and manufacturing training strategy at Autodesk. “Their overlapping interests in embracing emerging technologies, collaboration across roles, and complementing degrees with more hands-on learning give us hope that future workers will be equipped with the skills needed to succeed in Industry 4.0.”

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