Seminars for Engineers Releases Survey


MADISON, NJ | According to the 2014 Manufacturing Training Trends Survey, released by Seminars for Engineers, lack of training is the biggest obstacle to manufacturing quality success today. Lack of training was cited by 27% of respondents, 20% cited outmoded equipment, 16% cited poor quality control, and 14% cited company morale.

While 89% said their company offers opportunities to attend technical or engineering-related seminars/workshops, 81% said they wished their companies offered more opportunities to attend technical seminars/workshops. More/better training would result in improved productivity, according to respondents (34%), fewer defects in manufacturing (27%), better morale (20%), and greater satisfaction with management (20%).

In-person seminars continue to be the most common format offered for seminars/workshops (54%). Online/webinars are the training format for 46% of respondents. When asked which seminar/workshop format was more valuable, 64% said “in-person seminars,” 27% said “about the same,” and only 9% preferred the online/webinar. A large number (87%) of respondents said they would or might benefit from technical seminars/workshops held on-site at their company by outside subject-matter experts. Only 10% said they had all the expertise they needed to conduct their own seminars. Employee technicians/engineers with one to nine years experience would benefit most from technical seminars/workshops, according to the survey’s participants.

“We undertook this survey to define how technical industry professionals are learning about new technologies, discovering new manufacturing processes, and staying up-to-date on industry trends and developments,” says Dov Schechter, director of technical seminars. “We look forward to probing some of the answers in the future and having this survey updated over the years to serve as a benchmark for the industry.”

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