When people think about careers in manufacturing, they imagine noisy factories with hundreds of workers standing shoulder-to-shoulder doing repetitive work. Who would recommend working at the company that laid off Grandpa and left him without a pension? But Industry 4.0—the revolution of manufacturing created by technology—is not your Grandpa’s manufacturing!
Smart Manufacturing is the modern way of thinking about and producing products. The stodgy, hundred-year-old mass-production paradigm is giving way to Augmented and Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence, and other new tech to reduce the need for human workers to perform rote tasks. This change is driving a new wave of employment for creative, “think outside the box” people to reimagine what manufacturing for the 21st century looks like.
This book gives students, parents, workforce development committees, and education directors a fresh perspective on manufacturing as a career path that offers a wealth of exciting business opportunities in a changing world. For workers looking to reskill or upskill, this book provides explanations of terminology, discussion topics, even examples of new tech as it’s used in popular movies or shows. If you’re looking for a career that builds the future, a career in Smart Manufacturing may be right for you!
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