Advanced Manufacturing: Then & Now

Advanced Manufacturing: Then & Now

06 Feb 10:00 by Nicole Afflick


From Henry Ford's Assembly Lines to HP's Jet Fusion 3D Printer, the Manufacturing industry is continuously evolving to keep up with modern society's technological advancements and the need for production to respond to consumer demands. Along with this we have seen an increase in job opportunities and skill requirements for these demands to be met by manufacturers. Over time, this has drastically changed with technology at the core - however, the research/development, analysis and implementation of knowledge has actually created a new space for job searchers in the engineering/manufacturing world, but is this space being filled sufficiently?

The implementation and developlment of traditional manufacturing drove the UK's economy at a rapid scale, as the country urbanised, enticing more job seekers to relocate in search of employment. As time has passed and manufacturing matured, technological advancements took place. Advanced Manufacturing. This development of technology has created a new form of manufacturing, replacing human interaction with robotic processes, 3D printing and Industry 4.0's automation and data exchange from device to device. Sectors such as Additive Manufacturing have developed a whole new process in the design and build of a product, building products from metal powders and plastics. Now, although revolutionary, there is the argument of a job "wipe out" with predictions of 28% of young people (16-24) to be at risk of automation over the next 15 years, particularly science, technology, engineering and maths making up 5% of that. However, these advancements have created a new mix of jobs within Engineering/Manufacturing such as Data Scientists, Embedded Software Engineers and Additive Design Engineers - but as it has grown at such a fast pace, this has left us with a wide skills gap, as 40,000 people are reportedly short in the required skills for the job they are in.

The answer? Well it's not so black and white, but there are ways the situation could be aided. Universities have recently introduced Additive Manufacturing as a course option, providing a new generation of engineers, which should help close this gap over the next decade. In addition, the option for courses (outside of educational institutions) could be a way to build skills for those who aren't in a situation where University is an option. As new sectors, there are currently no regulatory bodies/standards in place for organisations to encourage a certain expertise to optimise the processes - therefore, implementation could ensure skills are gained, which will also lead to efficiency in the organisation's production and increase competitive advantage.

Working with us can help fill this skills gap. Daily, we build solid relationships with high calibre candidates such as Global head of Additive Manufacturing, Applications Engineer, Metallurgist, Embedded Software, Computer Vision Engineer. Machine Learning Engineer, and many more - from Engineer to C Suite level. If you want to know more on how we can assist building your team of highly skilled employees, contact us today on 01257 268273 or

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