MANUFACTURING HAS A big problem on its hands. Technology is changing
at such a rapid pace that many in the
industry are struggling to keep up and
ensure they have the right tools to
And the biggest problem
manufacturing faces today isn’t just
keeping up with technology; it’s
finding the people who understand it.
More importantly, it’s finding the next
generation that can not only embrace
new technology, but turn it upside down
and inside out to generate creative,
outside-the-box concepts that can take
manufacturing to the next level.
Finding people who can do this
means we must nurture innovative
thinking in young children at school and
at home. we need more programs like
Scientists in School and other STEM
(science, technology, engineering and
mathematics) education programs at
the elementary and secondary school
levels that encourage students to explore
careers in these fields, fields that are
increasingly playing a bigger role in
In short, Canada needs more
engineers, mathematicians and scientists
to work side-by-side with skilled
machinists and CNC programmers
who together can help create smarter
manufacturing concepts for the future.
we need innovators.
Innovators are visionary people who
are able to inspire others with their
ideas. we need the next generation of
youth to be those innovators that can
take leading edge concepts such as
additive manufacturing, Industry 4.0 and
robotics, and apply them creatively. More
importantly, we need people who have
the ability to explore the next wave of
technologies that will help manufacturing
and the economy advance in Canada.
How do we raise the next generation
of innovators? Here are four key traits we
should nurture and encourage in youth:
Curiousity may have killed the cat,
but it’s an essential trait that is a key
driver behind new ideas. Creating an
environment in which youth learn about
concepts, how they work, why they work
and how they can work better can lead
to an improved concept.
Just as important as curiousity is a
person’s attitude. we need to nurture
youth who are willing to question the
status quo and are open to the idea that
the impossible can become the possible.
Visionaries believe in a better future.
They believe that things can be
improved, and their ideas support this.
If you don’t succeed, try and try again.
Good ideas often take time to develop
and it’s important to create environments
where youth can test ideas and develop
them into concrete solutions.
There is no doubt that the
manufacturing industry is undergoing
dramatic changes and the way we do
things today is not likely to be the way
we do them tomorrow.
we’ll need the right people in
place to help develop ideas that will
spur the growth of North America’s
manufacturing industry. SMT
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