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Preparing the Engineers of the Future

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The fact that manufacturing in America has made a comeback is now yesterday’s news. Innovation, cost-effectiveness, and quality products have brought it back. Today’s news is now centered on the manufacturing skills shortage—the jobs are back, but there aren’t enough skilled workers to fill them. So the question is, what does that mean for tomorrow?

Statistics show that 33% of American 25-29 year olds have a bachelor degree (or higher), up from only about 20% several decades ago.  But are they learning the skills they need for real-world employment? Do enough young people know how to work in—and advance in—a technical or engineering career, where the jobs are open and waiting for them?

Programs throughout the country are working toward this.  STEM education is being promoted, and in programs such as California’s Linked Learning and Albany’s Tech Valley High, students are benefitting from career-focused training that will prepare them for a successful future, and possibly help fill the skills gap.  The hope is that more schools will follow the lead.

As a high-tech, low-volume company, Hi-Tek doesn’t build a ton of individual piece parts, but the parts we do build are very difficult to manufacture.  So when a young hire comes to us, rather than sitting in a shop, working on a stamping machine all day and watching widgets as they watch the clock, they are coming to us with a high degree of machining expertise, and the opportunity to be challenged daily, while producing quality parts.

Of course, this requires thorough training and education, and above-average technical skills.  If the examples set forth by the high schools and colleges who are doing this training early are followed by other schools in the country, there’s no telling what the future will bring.

We’re Doing Something Right When it Comes to Quality!

At Hi-Tek Manufacturing, we take our business very seriously. Since 1980, we’ve been serving the gas turbine industries, offering conventional and non-conventional CNC specialty machining for Hot Gas Path Components.  We’re a Six Sigma based company, working to ISO, AS, and NADCAP Standards. We deliver the highest quality and most cost-effective solutions to aviation and land-based turbine manufacturers.

What makes Hi-Tek Manufacturing unique in our industry is our passion for quality, and the fact that we monitor and maintain quality control ourselves. We do not outsource the QC function; everything is done in house, using several quality tools. (Take a look at the “Quality” page on our website for more detailed information.)

One of the performance-driven metrics we use is “Total Monthly Defects” – see the chart posted here:

hi-tek 1-2013A “defect” is defined as any part non-conformance that requires disposition prior to shipping the part to our customer. Dispositions that may be included in this performance metric are rework, repair or scrap. The chart above reflects a Total Monthly Defects performance goal of 1% and the corresponding Hi-Tek Manufacturing actual performance for the 10-month period of April 2011 through January 2012.

Looking at our performance, we know we’re doing something right when it comes to quality! We’re avoiding non-conformances and we’re meeting our quality performance goals every day.  Our customers know they can count on high-level performance and exceptional quality when you work with Hi-Tek Manufacturing. We’ve got the QC function under control in house, and we wouldn’t have it any other way!

We invite you to contact us to learn more about our quality standards. Email us at sales@hitekmfg.com or call us at 513-459-1094.