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1270 Agricola Drive, Saginaw, Michigan 48604 USA

Ph: 989.752.3077 | Toll Free:877.308.3077


Universal Engineering / Devlieg Microbore

Universal/Devlieg Inc.

Focusing on Workers’ Skills Instead of Credentials

The reality is that through the ups and downs of the manufacturing business cycle, it has become increasingly difficult to fill good-paying jobs due to a lack of qualified candidates.

The goal of all education is to provide students with a solid foundation to obtain a decent job, start a career, and thrive. But what happens when that training does not meet the needs of its business community such as the manufacturing industry? A gap is created, and it only gets wider as time goes on. We can begin to close this gap by examining what needs to be done to best prepare manufacturing students for the workforce. The insufficient number of qualified education programs is another factor that threatens to make the labor shortage worse as teenagers are forced to look at other areas as careers. Fewer production lines need physical labor while more manufacturers require people who can work on automated machinery.

When we think of what someone is about to study in school, we think about curriculum. We look at a list of course titles, and if the courses sound like it is what we need, we nod approvingly. But should the goal be to study mechanical systems, or should it be to acquire the skills to align and tension a chain drive or to specify a gearbox correctly? By focusing on skills rather than curricula, one can readily adapt programs to career pathways and provide a result that is more acceptable to students and employers.

Let's consider what needs to be done to achieve an outcome that is favorable for educators and manufacturers. By focusing education on individual skills to meet certain manufacturing workforce objectives, students will be better prepared to take over the aging demographics of the current workforce and work within the latest technology and machinery.

Universal DeVlieg provides innovative and cost-cutting tool holding and high precision boring solutions to the machine tool industry, servicing a diversified customer base. The combination of over 32,000 active part numbers, over 10,000 standard items, and our technical support staff delivers design engineering expertise that is unmatched in the industry. To learn more about Universal DeVlieg, contact us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 877.308.3077 or visit at universaldevlieg.com.