Manufacturing Workforce Issue: Boomers Leaving, Millennials Uninterested

October 5, 2018 was Manufacturing Day — a day started by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) to inspire the younger generation to pursue careers in manufacturing. During this day, 3,000 manufacturers opened their facilities to students of all school ages. These Manufacturing Day “open houses” are conducted in hopes of addressing the upcoming workforce… Read more »

2019 SolidWorks Newest Features

Image by Dassault Systemes | SolidWorks 2019 Last September 12, 2018, Dassault Systemes released the much-anticipated SolidWorks 2019. Engineering.com, a great website that covers news and topics related to all engineering disciplines, talked with SolidWorks’ R&D Vice President, Manish Kumar, about the improvements and newest features of SolidWorks 2019: Large Assembly Improvements Image by Dassault… Read more »

Tight Labor Market = Unconventional Benefits On The Rise

In a historically tight labor market, employers are trying to compete in hiring (and keeping) top talents by offering more unconventional benefits. Multiple studies have confirmed that what drives workers to shift jobs are for benefits that promote a better work-life balance, rather than just for better pay. In a Glassdoor.com survey on the importance… Read more »

Prepping For The California Independent Contractors “ABC Test”

In a recent court case, the California Supreme Court implemented a new “ABC Test” to determine if a worker qualifies as an independent contractor. Employers from multiple industries are now arguing that the rigidity of the test’s standards is restricting businesses from engaging with independent contractors. BUT WHAT IS THE “ABC TEST”? In the Dynamex… Read more »

Is Autodesk’s Fusion 360 Worth A Try?

Autodesk’s answer to the cloud-based CAD system movement, Fusion 360, is seeking to be the next big thing in product development innovation. But is it worth saying goodbye to your current CAD software and switching over for? Here’s a great review of Fusion 360 by LA-based Mechanical Engineer Jonathan Landeros in engineering.com that shows its… Read more »

Labor Report: Job Openings Outnumber Unemployed Workers

When the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its latest unemployment and Job Openings and Labor Turnovers (JOLTS) report last June, a particular statistic highlighted the current state of the American workforce: there are more job vacancies than unemployed workers. Per The Associated Press: According the the Labor Department, the number of available jobs rose… Read more »

Essential Web Tools For Job Seekers

There are many tools that are available online and in your smartphone’s app store that can make the job search process easier for you. From finding job openings to getting a reminder for interview follow-ups, these tools can make job seeking more convenient and streamlined. The following are online resources that we recommend: 1. JOB… Read more »

Recruiter: Job Seekers’ Friend or Foe?

With thousand of recruiters out there, how will you decide which one is best for your job search? Top Resume, an organization that helps job seekers create eye-catching resumes, listed the following key areas that can identify a good recruiter from a poor one: Communication Friend – This may seem basic, but you want to… Read more »

Future of Design: CAD + AR

CAD software has made product design and testing more realistic for engineers and designers over the last 20 years, however, a new wave of technology is expected to change the game and CAD software developers are starting to jump on it. Augmented Reality (AR) technology, the superposition of computer graphics onto the real world, has… Read more »