AD #2076 – Automakers Face Tool & Die Crisis, Skoda Reveals 1st EV, Clay Still Important to the Design Process

March 29th, 2017 at 11:34am

Runtime: 7:52

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- Automakers Face Tool & Die Crisis
- Ford Makes Big Investment to Upgrade Plants
- Clay Still Important to the Design Process
- Skoda Reveals 1st EV
- Auto Show Teases

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17 Comments to “AD #2076 – Automakers Face Tool & Die Crisis, Skoda Reveals 1st EV, Clay Still Important to the Design Process”

  1. cwolf Says:

    Industry needs to be as aggressive as they once were in apprenticeship programs and to make advanced classes available to those who are skilled. This does take time…more like years to be really good. From my experiences, engineering needs to become better part designers and print makers. All too often parts are over-designed and tolerances tighter than necessary. Simplifying parts would allow T/D tradesmen to become more efficient.

  2. Frank Nelson Says:

    I noted a shortage of skilled die makers 35 years ago,and its gotten much worse. Audits my company has performed on suppliers stamping/die maintenance skills show that it has become much worse. This country needs people that have mechanical aptitude. We are in a dangerous state, and it’s not showing any improvement.

  3. G.A.Branigan Says:

    Tool and die crisis,maybe someone can reach out to the snowflakes and see if any of them are interested in learning a real trade,without safe spaces,and make a damn good living.

  4. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Maybe shop classes need to return to schools, and as cwolf said, we need plain old apprenticeships to train skilled workers.

  5. XA351GT Says:

    There is a overall shortage of Skilled and semi -skilled manual labor workers. The younger generation has been programmed that they need a college degree and sit at a desk. Vo-Tech schools and courses are no where as popular as they were 35 years ago when I graduated. I know the company that I work for has hired mostly guys like me in their 50s and even 60s ,because they can’t find younger people interested in actually making things and getting their hands dirty. Sad because so many go to college and spend a fortune on a education that they can’t use because their field of study doesn’t need anymore people.

  6. G.A.Branigan Says:

    Shop classes in high school should have never been stopped.How does a kid know if he has the potential skills to be successful in the trades? A two or 4 year degree in art hardly goes far in terms of earning a living.

  7. Lex Says:

    The Snowflakes in this country moved us away from a Manufacturing Economy to a Financial Services Economy starting decades ago. The reasoning was to let the rest of the world’s labor force do the heavy lifting of manufacturing and US workers could be higher minded and not get dirty. That was also the reasoning of keeping the boarders weak so and immigration laws lack so that foreigners could fill the less desirable labor intensive jobs. All this has done is create welfare states and sanctuary cities.

    The prior groups for immigrates like the Swedes, Irish, German, Italian and others should band together and send out the messages to recent and newly arriving immigrates that you need to “Assimilate to the American Culture, Way of Life, Laws and Norms or Leave!” These fore mentioned groups are proud to be Americans, but they are not proud of how the House and Senate have been running this country into the ground! Look at the current size of the National Debt! Most of these seniors are worried about what will be left for the hard working people who built this country when our government is trying to buy future votes via welfare and absurd entitlements. Those fore mentioned groups of previous immigrates are the people who elected President Trump IMHO!

    Bring back the vocational schools into the Community College around the country to rebuild our manufacturing base. There is that program in Ohio sponsored by American Honda which you previously reported on which sounds like a wonderful program for the youth of this country to entire the labor market with job appropriate skills.

  8. Buzzerd Says:

    Speaking as a member of the UA Plumbers and Steamfitters people have been looking down on manual or trades type work for a very long time. I think what has changed is that far more of society has become affluent and can afford to send their children to secondary school, chasing the high figure/low effort job they see in their dreams. That and people have just gotten fat and lazy and have raised children who are the same.

  9. Arcade Mike Says:

    Sean,
    I see the lack of skilled tool and die personnel everyday. I work for a Tier 1 automotive supplier with a vast injection molding sector and trying to find good help as been an issue for the 17 years I have been there. I agree with most that the death of shop class and the willingness to do manual labor has hurt the industry. On a side note. When will they change the title on the top on the web pages to Autoline with John and Sean? Time to have the big talk with dad!

  10. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ Lex: Hell yeah!!!!

    @ Arcade Mike:High school shop classes were fun,and gave everyone a chance to see and develop working skills.Or on the other hand,to show them that they aren’t meant for the skilled trades.

    Either way,they all learned something.I did two years in auto body repair,because I loved it.That was in the days when spot welders and migs weren’t used at all.Brazing and leading.

    Still,I loved it all,especially refinishing.I worked all of my life with my hands,and tools.Kids nowadays need to be exposed to tools and their proper use etc.

    And last,there are many trade schools in this country.Traning auto techs,robotics,electronics,and even building hotrods.There’s a whole world out there that isn’t “college”,but ends up paying better in the long run.

    If they would just get their delicate little hands dirty,they could have the traditional American dream instead of diaper pins and safe spaces,lmao.

  11. gary susie Says:

    Businesses need to do apprenticeships because Trump is only interested in tax breaks for the rich. All companies use to do it and they always had a good supply of tool and die makers and other trades.

  12. MJB Says:

    I second all the comments here. But especially the need to bring back the introduction to trades in high school.

    I know the reason vo-tech and shop classes were nixed in the city of Detroit (where I grew up) – dwindling residential population. Which meant dwindling tax base to pay for those ‘extras’ in the public school system. But I really can’t speak to why it has disappeared from the suburban high schools. I really find it hard to believe there aren’t (weren’t) enough kids interested in trades.

  13. Victor West Says:

    I am a retired High School teacher. Shop classes disappeared because they were the most costly programs. As equipment became worn out or outdated it was not replaced. As a result of short funding, schools cut the costly programs. Driver’s training was another costly program. We can see on the roads the lack of skill many younger drivers exhibit.

  14. BobD Says:

    I attended a large high school in the `70s and took almost every vocational class available (auto shop, machine shop, welding, drafting, electronics). Simultaneously, I took college prep classes and ended up with a couple of engineering degrees. My observations of high school “shop” classes were they were 90% worthless as the students taking them were there to sleep and almost all of the instructors were high school coaches that felt their only responsibility was to baby-sit, not instruct. I clearly see why these classes went away. Fortunately I grew up on a large farm with lots of equipment needing maintenance and repairs, and my “gear-head” instincts developed very early.

  15. cwolf Says:

    Until more tradesmen become available, I think the one way to deal with the present shortage is to allow the tradesmen to operate more than one machine at a time. Once a machine is programed and properly set-up, most guys would read a book or just baby-sit the machine. I used my time to set-up for the next job. But of course multi-tasking in the UAW is a word not understood. We had one fella who’s only job was to make programs for common parts. Boy… what a time saver this was because set-up could take up to several hours. I thought T/D was boring, so I started over-haling machines as a machine repairman. Since that time I inherited the job of simplifying parts and prints. There are many ways to make the trades more efficient as well as easier.

  16. cwolf Says:

    There is one more thing I thought of that is a mistake in industry. Since my plant closing I have interviewed many places. Much to my surprise, many industries desire a trades-person who has both mechanical and electrical skills. A well seasoned tradesmen will possess both, but will be stronger in one over another. But, to be realistic, you can’t have both to any high degree. I have yet to meet an electrician who is a good mechanic and mechanical trouble-shooter and visa-versa. I believe this philosophy will eventually bite them in the butt. In my view, there never will be a one-size fits all trades person.

  17. Alex Carazan Says:

    Great points about need for trades to come back and tool and die makers. Exciting times ahead for the USA. It is sad however the American culture and liberal propaganda has pushed too many kids into college. College degrees and key jobs are really great of course for some. But truth is for most it has been a scam to take money. About 47% of all kids that go to college never graduate! About half that do graduate, they FAIL to get a job in their worthless major! About half of those they go unemployed and end up back with Mom and Dad to feed them and pay high college loans! Most tuition $$ and room/board $$ all a huge waste. But of course colleges get tons of cash! A big money pit and scam sadly for too many. The old American way of entrepreneurship is sadly dead but still opportunity is there for those that work hard and have passion and desire and don’t fall for the scam. On-line education for very low cost is the future. Sadly many wasted degrees because government run K-12 schools and colleges are disconnected with reality.
    Parents and youth need to wake up and do their homework BEFORE they step onto the Titanic.