Around here, near Philadelphia, Pa., there is a shortage of machinist
jobs. Most industry in my area has packed up and left or shut down
completely. Also of all the trades that are available here machinists are
the lowest paid of all. Most trades in this area average in the $20 /
hour range. Machinists though average $12 / hour. No wonder there is a
shortage of machinists! More and more are asked of machinists everyday,
the technical part is ever increasing, yet the wages are stagnate. BTW
this is nothing new. These same problems have existed for years. It is
no shock to me that our jobs are being sent overseas.
That could well be and for more than just machinist instructors. We
have a several of the full time engineering school professors at CSUN
working part time at Boeing Canoga Park to keep from getting out of
touch with reality. I work about daily with a structural dynamics
professor from there.