Siemens has published a series of blog posts addressing the skills gap. The latest post – Engineering our way out of the Skills Gap - shares new research. Tech-Clarity surveyed more than 200 manufacturers to identify the top skills they look for in engineering staff as well as issues they face as they attempt to address the skills gap.
In “Close the Engineering Skills Gap – Prepare New Graduates to be Real-World Ready”, the results of the research clearly identify that there is a skills gap. The majority of employers are having a difficult time finding engineering staff with the right skills. More than 80 percent of employers indicate students are only somewhat prepared, need significant training or are not at all prepared to use engineering software.
Engineering departments at most companies are top heavy with experience. Nearly 30 percent of their staff will retire and are be replaced by new engineers. Nearly all companies included in the research study report there will be negative business impacts--loss of revenue, higher product costs, and poor design efficiencies--if they cannot find and hire the right engineers.
With the demand to make products smarter, engineers are expected to know more than ever. Students need to be able to apply the technology to solve problems, not just know the “picks and clicks” of the software. Those problems include managing costs and manufacturability.
The study also found that although manufacturers want more industry involvement in engineering curriculum, most are not actively engaged with academic institutions.
Download the full Tech Clarity report to learn more about the skills gap and the recommendations they make to manufacturers to bridge the gap.
If you are ready to get more engaged with local academia, encourage them to apply for a Siemens software grant. In addition to software, Siemens has collaborated with industry and academics to develop and refine engineering curricula. We’ve recently launched curriculum in systems driven product development and additive manufacturing.
Together we can close the skills gap and create a stronger engineering workforce.