Shortage of Skilled Robotics Maintenance Workers

Shortage of Skilled Robotics Maintenance Workers

           Robotics have proven to be of great use in the current manufacturing industries. Companies have found robotics to be of great importance due to their efficient work with less costs. Lack of large operational spaces, tight timelines between order and delivery, expected and extensive throughput volume, expensive labor and non-friendly work environments are some of the reasons why companies utilize robotics (young, 2017). Shortage of skills according to Owens (2010), has been due to creation of job at higher rate than they can be filled. In the run to keep up with technology, organizations are creating jobs which have been met with low supply of skilled labor. During the economic downturn period, organizations Eliminated apprentice programs where a worker was able to worker alongside an experienced employee and learn all the skills about that particular job. This was a good program since it helped maintain an inflow of skilled labor anytime a vacancy occurred. Since abolition of this programme, companies have gone a great deal of loss because they have to put more capital in training of new employees. (Owens, 2010)

        Robotics and automation are used to aid in work efficiency and improve the quality. These advancements in the manufacturing industry come with needs that need to be satisfied during their operations. Robotics need to be attuned from time to time and a company should have a staff that is well equipped with knowledge and skills on maintenance of these machines. A company without these skilled workers will not enjoy the services of a robot unless they hire an outside worker, otherwise the robot is useless. Due to shortage of these kind of workers who are well equipped with skills on the maintence of robots, it may take almost a month or two to acquire one. The cost of hiring one might be very high.

         After hiring, it may be very hard to keep a professional. Competitors may be tempted in recruiting these workers since they know that the capital-intensive portion involved with hiring process, training and familiarization has been already catered for and completed. Involvement of many trainers is essential so as to ensure that the newly acquired employees really understand to a greater depth their roles. Competitor may consider the cost cut on hiring and training and be willing to pay these workers a greater wage. This may result to massive turnover.  When there is turnover the efficiency of the work goes down and production reduces. The problem of skilled robotics maintenance works keeps on recurring as each company tries to snatch from the other.

        Finally, in order for the companies to curb this problem, they should device a mechanism with a lasting solution. Recruitment of potential students from both high school and colleges is a strategy that can bear fruits. Students with interest and who show understanding on robotics should be incorporated in the organization as early as possible, trained and shown what is expected of them.  organization should sign an agreement with high school students offering to pay for them to attend trade schools and then work for the company for a specified time period after completion of studies. a similar agreement can be signed with college students. This is a costly exercise at the start but economical. Provision of training workshops and value for employees is a key aspect in maintaining loyalty and service from employees.


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