A concern has been growing in recent years over the potential for a technical skills shortage in the U.S., Canada, and elsewhere around the globe, particularly in science, and engineering-related occupations.
It is generally predicted that, by 2018, a mass wave of retirements by members of the Baby Boom generation will result in 1.2 million U.S. job openings in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, and there will likely be a significant shortage of qualified applicants to fill them. The full depth of the STEM skills shortage may be even greater than this, as 50 percent of jobs that require STEM skills do not require a bachelor’s degree or better, according to Plant Services.
Efficiency is quickly becoming the mantra across construction organizations. Even minor variances in construction practices can affect profit. All components need to be designed and engineered for productivity, reliability and safety in order to meet or exceed industry standards and pass inspections. Mistakes on the job site cause delays or rework which increases overall project costs and can lead to missed deadlines:
Time lost when people, materials, or equipment are kept waiting
Poor handling of materials and equipment around a site
Excess materials not needed
Unsafe job site conditions due to improper grounding, arc flash hazards, worker injury/fatigue
Panduit can help you improve productivity, reliability and safety – with a full solution of over 30,000 available parts engineered to reduce installation time and costs, improve operational performance, and meet or exceed industry standards.
Stop by and see us at NECA Booth #211 and let us show you how We’ve Got You Covered or visit us at www.panduit.com/buildnow.
Jeff Mehrer, Panduit Solutions Director, Industrial Construction
One of the greatest challenges for an electrical contractor is the coordination of product flow from the suppliers to the project site. This is a direct result of the industry’s difficulty in projecting future demand based on the variability and real-time dynamics of a job site.
Industry numbers* show that only 60% of labor hours are spent on productive, direct installation. Meanwhile, 40% of labor hours are consumed by “un-productive” material handling activities. This translates to 17% of revenue dollars slipping through the fingers of the average contractor. *Agile Construction for the Electrical Contractor