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Joanna Dowling

Joanna Dowling is the Chair of BFIT's Mechanical Engineering Technology Department and President and Director of the Custom Group Center for Manufacturing Technology.

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Mechanical Engineering Technology program to meet Massachusetts skills shortage

Posted by Joanna Dowling on Apr 19, 2016 3:41:00 PM


Locally, regionally and nationally, manufacturing is making a comeback. Here in Massachusetts, manufacturing accounts for approximately 250,000 jobs with an average annual salary of $75,000. Yet, there is a lack of engineering and machining talent entering the workforce.  This skills-shortage, according to Michael Tamasi, President & CEO of AccuRounds, is affecting manufacturers throughout the Commonwealth.

“Not only are engineers and CNC machinists needed for manufacturers to grow their operation, they are also needed to replace an aging workforce,” says Tamasi. “Higher education focused on preparing professionals for advanced manufacturing careers is vital to the future of our economy. Business relies on educational institutions to help fill this critical pipeline need.”


"Higher education focused on preparing professionals for advanced manufacturing careers is vital to the future of our economy."



Manufacturing employs 50 percent more workers than all the banks and insurance companies in the state; double the number of workers in wholesale trade; nearly three times as many as in information services; and nearly six times as many as in all of the arts, entertainment, and recreation firms in the Commonwealth. Yet, according to a survey of over 700 manufacturers in the state, advances in manufacturing are being hampered by a lack of skilled craftsmen. (Twenty-five-percent stated it was difficult to recruit research and development technicians.)

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