Podcasts

Manufacturing Tomorrow's Workforce

In this Putman Media podcast series, we'll focus on workforce issues impacting companies and individuals across industries through in-depth interviews with experts using new approaches to enact change in their plants, attract up-and-coming workers and overcome the skills gap.

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Building networks of mentors

In this episode of Manufacturing Tomorrow's Workforce, Christine LaFave Grace speaks with Nandita Gupta, process controls engineer at Georgia-Pacific and a 2019 Influential Women in Manufacturing honoree. They discuss Gupta's experience entering the workforce with a mentor, and how she hopes to provide new engineers with a similar or better experience through a formal mentoring program at Georgia Pacific, which is set to launch soon.

How ISA Will-DuPage, local junior college are educating future engineers

David Riojas, president of the PCIT advisory board and past president of the ISA Will-DuPage chapter; Jeff Bradford, Joliet Junior College (JJC) technical department chair; and Joe Limon, PCIT instructor, explain the joint program to educate young process automation technicians.

Workforce roundtable with Putman editors

A roundtable of Putman Media editors discuss workforce trends and challenges in their industries. You’ll hear from Control's Jim Montague, Food Processing's Pan Demetrakakes and Plant Services' Christine LaFave Grace.

How APT Manufacturing Solutions created its own talent pipeline

Christine LaFave Grace interviews Anthony Nighswander, president of APT Manufacturing Solutions about APT’s training program for area high school students, which helps bring new talent into the company.

Benefits of gamers in the workforce

Amanda Del Buono interviews ABB’s Hampus Scharing, who authored the recent whitepaper titled "Attracting generation 'G' to 24/7 control rooms," about the benefits the gaming generation can bring to savvy organizations.

How to get grants to fund workforce projects

Christine LaFave Grace interviews Micki Vandeloo, president of Lakeview Consulting, to discuss how manufacturers can obtain grants to support their major projects and initiatives.

Breaking barriers to gender diversity in manufacturing

Sheri Plain, director of workforce services at Owensboro Community and Technical College (OCTC), and Amanda Saam, a new instructor at OCTC, explain the program they’ve developed with manufacturers in their community, and how they’re working to remove the barriers to entrance for women in the field.

Ensuring young engineers have the digital skills they need to succeed

Christine LaFave Grace, Plant Services' managing editor, interviews Aisha Lawrey, director of engineering education at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). They discuss how industrial companies can partner with schools and training programs to ensure young engineers are prepared for their careers.

Combating manufacturing misconceptions

Plant Services’ Christine LaFave Grace interviews Keith Barr, CEO and president of Leading2Lean, about its recent Workforce Index study, which looked at impressions of the U.S. manufacturing industry. They discuss how these perceptions impact workforce and potential solutions.

Innovative training for today’s workforce

To further discuss the need to attract young people to manufacturing and share some innovative digital training methods that can help to fill the skills gap, ControlGlobal.com's digital engagement manager Amanda Del Buono is joined by Samer Forzley, CEO of Simutech Multimedia.

The workforce piece of the digital puzzle

Christine LaFave Grace, of Plant Services magazine, and Chandra Brown, of the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), talk about combining innovative digital technology and workforce development to make manufacturing more competitive.

How to bridge the skills gap in product manufacturing

In the first full-length pod, Amanda Del Buono interviews Guy Loudon, president of the Jane Addams Resource Corp.(JARC), about the skills gap and 2019 workforce trends. JARC, which has an affiliated corporation in Baltimore, trains workers and connects them with employers in their manufacturing sector.

Introduction to Manufacturing Tomorrow’s Workforce

In this podcast series, we focus on workforce issues impacting companies and individuals across industries through in-depth interviews with experts using new approaches to enact change in their plants, attract up-and-coming workers and overcome the skills gap.