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Educating Future Engineers

Posted by Dan Klepack on 4/20/15 1:31 PM

We are always looking for opportunities to teach young engineers about our company and solutions, which is why we jumped at the chance to meet with students at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, Michigan. Our top engineers presented to several classes of first-year mechanical engineering students providing information about a variety of our innovative solutions at work in airports, plants and warehouses.  We also invited students from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers to tour our Demonstration Facility in Wixom, Michigan, to see our solutions in action.

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We know our most important assets are our employees. With a rise in demand of engineers, we’re happy to be a part of engaging young engineers in the material handling industry. Recently, the U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics hosted its first Workforce Summit at ProMat this past March. The event showcased a series of speakers and discussion panels that explored best practices in how to find, train and retain the supply chain workforce of the future.

“Between now and 2018, there will be 1.4 million new jobs in logistics and supply chain. However, educational institutions can graduate only 30% of that workforce,” said Gary Forger, MHI’s managing director of professional development. “Meanwhile, there is significant turnover and change among the jobs and careers within the existing workforce. That requires people with many new skills and abilities just to keep pace with increasing supply chain complexity.”

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The future in material handling is bright, it’s continually evolving. We’re excited to be involved in educating engineers not only in a classroom setting, but also with a hands-on experience. The Lawrence Technological University students had the opportunity to visit and learn more about our products and how material handling systems affect our every day lives.

Topics: Material Handling Industry, Automated Systems, Jervis B. Webb Company, Lawrence Technological University, Education