Math, science and the industrial arts, the real economic impacts.
The job Brian re-worked was not done by us because we simply did not have time to do it. We were building other things. The company that did the work said “This is not the kind of work we do.” They were asked if they were willing to try. They did pretty well all things considered.
It still took a good while for Brian to tear it all down, slot holes, align all the parts and get it back together in working condition. That’s a lot of money in rework and it is typical in what we experience with American fabrication. We just don’t see the skills to do this work and we have spent a lot more time than we like doing a job over because another shop’s best didn’t even come close to the tolerances specified.
Manufacturing is in big trouble at a time when taxes on imports might give us yet another shot at building jobs for our country. We are not in any position to take advantage of the potential opportunities.
The big question is “Why are there no shops who can do close tolerance work to build machines to drive our industrial economy?” A closely related economical question is “Why are we still allowing discrimination and unenforced equal opportunity laws to cripple our local economies?” We have made local shops that play fairly an incredible amount of money when they work with us.
We can and do help, advise and teach to keep money from referred jobs in our state economy. Blatant Equal Opportunity law violations and our state EOC commission’s refusal to process our complaints have robbed us of our ability to do this in most cases.
America is not doing well with math and science. Perhaps this is why we are not teaching the industrial arts, which are founded on math and science? Female students begin to fall behind after middle school and are still underrepresented in the scientific, engineering and fabrication communities. I wonder why we are not taking examples from countries that are doing a better job with this instead of importing engineers from those countries.
Bohnert recently hired an engineer from Germany and Brian reports she is very competent. Brian has been doing extensive training with the crew of engineers at Bohnert, helping them with the background they need to design well and they’re coming right along – but how come the schools these engineers paid to educate them did not teach them what they need to know? The problems with American education start far sooner than higher education.
https://www.scientificamerican.com/arti … st-barely/
Maybe we need to focus more on teaching kids HOW to think instead of WHAT to think – and how to score well on standardized tests?
https://www.scientificamerican.com/arti … ests-miss/
Maybe we need to audit businesses for compliance with equal opportunity laws so everyone can contribute – even a girl like me…? Closing the discrimination and wage gaps would make jobs in the technical fields more attractive to minorities. With over half our population effectively denied the opportunity to participate at a meaningful level – if at all, we cheat our nation of her people’s true combined potential. At our cost…
Another 30 million dollars bites the dust in work we sent out of our tax base on the round of work beginning now. That is times five just on this particular build now. That is not just lost tax revenue. It is JOBS, money not earned and spent in our local economy too. Wonder how many shop classes those lost tax dollars might have funded…
In contrast here us a summary of what our new Walmart does to local economies. Note that trade deficits and money not reinvested in the local economy by chain stores is not discussed here.
http://archive.advocate.nyc.gov/news/20 … -taxpayers
Discussion of the trade deficit and lost American jobs brought to us by Walmart:
I am having trouble organizing the complex, interrelated issues of education, discrimination, and our current political climate that are destroying our manufacturing and fabrication economic base. I have read that our government now employs more Americans than our industry does.
This is not sustainable for very long. I am afraid for your children and thankful we do not have any ourselves at this point. I will come back to this later and try to do better with it. I REALLY want to ask our new crop of politicians about this.
When I get it collected I might ask those of you who are friends with someone holding a political office in my district to share my post with them since they do not accept my friend requests to them.
I believe the single biggest loss at our community level in all this is that I am no longer teaching the fabrication technologies to our children. I was the last one standing who even cared enough to try in our community so no one is teaching the basics of fabrication technologies in our community at all now. This post explains why:
http://www.backwoodshome.com/forum/vb/s … tcount=269
I have lost my heart on this. I do still hope to find it again. Just can’t see how to get there from here right now.
Statistics: Posted by rj5156 — Wed Jan 18, 2017 9:26 am