Most manufacturers see investments in factory connectivity not just as a means of cutting costs, but as a way to increase revenue. In fact, respondents to the Annual Manufacturing Report 2017 anticipate additional revenues of £775,000 over the next 12 months because of their investments in connectivity. Lee Sullivan, regional manager of industrial automation software […]

Why It’s REALLY Hard To Find The Right Expertise

by Bill Fester on October 16, 2017

in Chemical, DCS, Jobs

Below is a posting from INDEED, the jobs board, of an ad posted by Occidental Chemicals. The ad spends an extraordinary amount of space on how great it is to work for Oxy with it being such a “growing, action-oriented” company. Fact is, there’s a lot of grandiose self promoting terms which are lush and […]

Here’s an ad from BASF posted on INDEED. Extraordinary amounts of effort put into all of the right politically correct buzzwords from an HR standpoint. But instead of actual descriptions of WHAT YOU’LL BE DOING, it’s mostly just fluff. Here again, NO actual mention of which DCS you’ll be involved with.  The number of hours […]

Robots poised to take over wide range of military jobs

by Bill Fester on February 23, 2017

in Jobs

It’s not just manufacturing jobs that will be eliminated by more highly productive automation. The need for enlisted personnel will be much less as well. From the San Diego Union-Tribune  

So what happens when all of our jobs are replaced by bots? Where will government revenues come from when employment is radically reduced. Bill Gates shares his thoughts on this in an article with Quartz Media by Kevin J.Delaney The robot that takes your job should pay taxes, says Bill Gates

Why The Jobs Might Not Be Coming Back #2

by Bill Fester on February 2, 2017

in Industries, Jobs, People

Just because you felt the robots of Boston Dynamics looked a bit like dogs (which is fine if you need a beer from the fridge), consider this factory in China which has reduced it’s staff by over 90%!! Oh, and before you mention quality, it’s actually improved… (File Photo) (File Photo) The firs tunmanned factory […]

Why the jobs might not be coming back

by Bill Fester on February 2, 2017

in Jobs, People

Currently there’s a huge statistical game played with unemployment versus true unemployement, and automation taking jobs no matter what continent we’re talking about. The big numbers and theoreticals are nice, but I would prefer to show just exactly How and What might take your job. Below is a recently released story from The Verge on […]

Noticed this this afternoon and given the vagueness of International Paper’s post, I’m not sure they’re actually serious in hiring someone. Take a look: Process Control SME International Paper Loveland, OH 45140 II This position will report to the Manager, Process Control Group PL determination will be commensurate with experience 1. Purpose: Technology Subject Matter […]

Amgen to Hire 1,600 Employees in 2017

by Bill Fester on February 1, 2017

in Jobs, People, Pharmaceutical

Home / Industry News / 2017 / Amgen to Hire 1,600 Employees in 2017 Amgen to Hire 1,600 Employees in 2017 Feb 01, 2017 Amgen CEO Robert Bradway met with President Donald Trump and told him Amgen will be hiring 1,600 people across the United States this year, according to an article in BioSpace. “This […]

No, U.S. Manufacturing Isn’t Really Booming

by Bill Fester on October 21, 2016

in Industries, Jobs, People

By Justin Fox  from Employment in manufacturing peaked in the U.S. in June 1979, at almost 19.6 million jobs. This September, that was down to 12.3 million (these numbers are seasonally adjusted). That fall in employment tells us a lot about today’s American political and economic life. It helps explain why regions that were heavily reliant on manufacturing have been struggling so […]