Living in Interesting Times

Got a plan for surviving?

The average student coming out of today’s top technical schools (trade schools for old-timers like me) are recruited like star running backs in college football. Why? Because their technical knowledge levels are current and there is little up-front investment needed for updating their training.

Shops and parts professionals need to take a look at what is taking place. In what areas do the knowledge base of you and your people need to be updated? Figure it out and then put a plan in place to get going on updating right away. All of the major technical schools have night classes.

For those of you that are business owners, pay for the training and the time off to accomplish it. You can put together a contract that ties the employee and the funding to a period of employment with your firm.

If you are not the business owner, approach your boss with the above idea, or pay for it yourself. If you chose that route, you will be more marketable to other shop owners than you can imagine.

The curse of “interesting times” will not subside any time soon. Global competition and the acceleration of new technologies will only increase. Take advantage of resources - both fee-based and free. It’s amazing how much can be learned by searching for information using Google, Yahoo, Bing and other search engines.

We are all working harder and longer than in the past, and the people of this country are still the world’s innovators. Work on counting yourself as one of them.

Tim Kraus is Executive Director of the Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association. Prior to joining HDMA, he served as director of sales and marketing at Triseal Corp. The Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association (HDMA) is the heavy duty market segment association of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Associations (MEMA). HDMA exclusively represents the interests and serves heavy duty product manufacturers.

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