Top Echelon Contracting Allows Wider Range of CNC Machinist Placements

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TEC client and veteran recruiter Alan Carty discusses the role of contract staffing in easing the growing skilled labor shortage in manufacturing.

Alan Carty

Alan Carty

The CNC Machinist job is dramatically different from the machinist role of 20-plus years ago. Today it is a hybrid position that not only requires the traditional machinist’s skills, but more technically advanced skills, such as CNC programming.

As more manufacturing jobs come back to the United States, there will be additional recruiting opportunities for a wide range of engineering and manufacturing positions. Many of these jobs will be in the professional and technical sectors, and that includes a unique opportunity for the placement of CNC Machinists.

To help recruiters capitalize on these opportunities, Top Echelon Contracting (TEC), a provider of contract staffing back-office services to recruiters, has worked with its insurance underwriter to allow the placement of more CNC machinists in a wider variety of work environments. TEC already places a wide range of engineering and manufacturing professionals but wanted to expand its ability to place CNC machinists based on this growing need.

According to TEC client Alan Carty, who is the President and CEO of Automationtechies and Automation.com, “The CNC Machinist job is dramatically different from the machinist role of 20-plus years ago. Today it is a hybrid position that not only requires the traditional machinist’s skills, but more technically advanced skills, such as CNC programming.”

Carty also shared his insight on factory automation. “Companies have been holding back because of the economy, but now the time has come to expand and start hiring. There is currently a strong demand for factory automation professionals. In our niche we are seeing more and more openings for Process Control Engineers, Automation/Controls Engineers, along with a multitude of other automation related opportunities.”

However, many manufacturers are having trouble finding workers with the needed skills. Most manufacturing jobs before the recession were lower-skilled positions that only required a high school diploma. Today’s jobs require some form of higher education or training, but few college students are training for these jobs. In, fact, CFO.com recently reported that fewer than 10% of American teenagers are planning to pursue skilled-trade careers.

According to a recent survey by Deloitte Consulting and the Manufacturing Institute, there are approximately 600,000 unfilled manufacturing jobs. Of the more than 1,100 manufacturing executives surveyed, two-thirds reported that they are facing a moderate to severe shortage of skilled labor.

Carty, who has been recruiting since 2000 and has a strong background in both direct hire and contract staffing, said there is currently a stronger demand for direct hire in his niche, but he believes that as the number of automation projects continues to increase, contract staffing will also increase.

Contract staffing can help manufacturers in a number of ways. First, contracting allows them to quickly bring in experienced skilled workers who can immediately have a positive impact on production. Contractors also allow manufacturers to adjust their workforce based on the current demand for their products. They can utilize contractors when business is strong, and when there is a dip in business, they can end contract assignments without the negative press of a layoff. In addition, contract staffing allows manufacturers to retain or bring back retirees who are already trained in their specific skill set.

CNC machinist opportunities span a wide range of industries and risk factors. Recruiters can find out if TEC can accept their CNC machinist contract placements by calling them at (888) 627-3678.

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