Why are maintenance mechanics hard to find for industry?

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Why are maintenance mechanics hard to find for industry?

PostBy: stoker-man On: Sun Dec 08, 2013 8:09 am

I don't spend much time in forum discussions, but I am curious if other companies are having trouble finding qualified mechanics.

Our 2nd shift mechanic left in June. An opening has not been filled in 6 months. My company in Emmaus, almost a Fortune 500, has been advertizing and hired a headhunter company to find one. There have been quite a few applicants, but nobody can pass the mechanical knowledge test, so they never go further than the first interview. The people who come in are from the military and private industry.

The pay is slightly less than the average in the Valley, but all that is being revamped to put us at the Valley average. The work week is 5 X 8, M-F, with no overtime. Who offers a maintenance job without overtime and every weekend off? How can it get any better? The work is not hard, there is no pressure and the benefits are good. There is a great emphasis on safety too.

So, what's up? Nobody wants to work 3-11? Nobody wants to get dirty? Are all the mechanical people fading away?
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Re: Why are maintenance mechanics hard to find for industry?

PostBy: lsayre On: Sun Dec 08, 2013 8:23 am

stoker-man wrote:So, what's up? Nobody wants to work 3-11? Nobody wants to get dirty? Are all the mechanical people fading away?


We've all been told that to get a "good" job you have to have a degree. And we've all learned that a "good" job means sitting at a desk and pressing keys on a keyboard. We've listened and learned to what we are being taught.

I believe that the total number of people employed in manufacturing in the USA is only about 9% at present. We have learned how to fabricate wealth without manufacturing.
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Re: Why are maintenance mechanics hard to find for industry?

PostBy: Duengeon master On: Sun Dec 08, 2013 8:32 am

Hi Stoker man, I work at Mack right next door in Macungie. We can't get any drivers either. No one wants to work. The last driver hired there was in May, '12. There are only four of us now. I guess as long as Obama is giving another 99 weeks of vacation time, there is no real incentive to go to work.
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Re: Why are maintenance mechanics hard to find for industry?

PostBy: lsayre On: Sun Dec 08, 2013 8:39 am

Duengeon master wrote:Hi Stoker man, I work at Mack right next door in Macungie. We can't get any drivers either. No one wants to work. The last driver hired there was in May, '12. There are only four of us now. I guess as long as Obama is giving another 99 weeks of vacation time, there is no real incentive to go to work.


Almost all of the drivers that pull up to the docks where I work can barely speak English.
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Re: Why are maintenance mechanics hard to find for industry?

PostBy: WNY On: Sun Dec 08, 2013 8:49 am

You guys are correct, the trend is for kids to go to college and get an education and get a "desk" job. LOL.

A good friend of mine I worked with for 20 years recently quit (they wanted her to go full time, she was only part time with NO benefits for years, raise a family, etc..), so she found a great job working with local schools/businesses and showing kids the TRADES, machinists, mechanics, welders, etc....hopefully there will be a change in the future with some kids wanting to go into those jobs. Some of these jobs do pay competitive wages/benefits/etc....just like you are stating.

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Re: Why are maintenance mechanics hard to find for industry?

PostBy: samhill On: Sun Dec 08, 2013 8:51 am

I think the key word is no one wants to work. Does the extended UC hurt, could to some degree but as it was said everyone wants a desk job. Heck if I lived close I would take a stab at it & see if they wanted an old used one or at least part time to help them out. Being retired from the great US Steel there is a set $ amount (can't recall what it is now) but if I make over that amt. I start losing $ for $ off my pension. Wasn't all that long ago there was no set amount. Even in the steel mills we had a hard time getting people & we even re-started the apprentice program where all they had to do was have a high score in mechanical appt. & they could get hired. Except I almost forgot there was that pesky drug test also, that was the biggie if they needed 30 they would test 150 & would more than likely have to test more & that was just for entry level labor type jobs. The country has been going down the crapper for a long time no matter how bad you want to throw all that blame on the present. :cry: :mad:
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Re: Why are maintenance mechanics hard to find for industry?

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sun Dec 08, 2013 9:10 am

I'm personaly thinkin that thanx to our education system, which, sorry, I think SUX, kids are brain washed by teachers & professors, again, for the most part useless ( sorry just an old farmers observations) that they are extra special, are worth way more (employment wise) then they are in reality, & should have all the Kudo's of someone that has busted their ass for 20 yrs by just showing up :( Yep, real sad
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Re: Why are maintenance mechanics hard to find for industry?

PostBy: Duengeon master On: Sun Dec 08, 2013 9:16 am

freetown fred wrote:I'm personaly thinkin that thanx to our education system, which, sorry, I think SUX, kids are brain washed by teachers & professors, again, for the most part useless ( sorry just an old farmers observations) that they are extra special, are worth way more (employment wise) then they are in reality, & should have all the Kudo's of someone that has busted their ass for 20 yrs by just showing up :( Yep, real sad

You are so right Fred, kids today get a trophy for participating and no longer want to apply themselves to earn one. Let alone get your hands dirty doing it. Everyone thinks they are Donald Trump anymore, not someone who has to sweep floors.
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Re: Why are maintenance mechanics hard to find for industry?

PostBy: anthony7812 On: Sun Dec 08, 2013 9:18 am

Let me toss a little optimism in on this one. Most of my friends did go to a tech school and have great jobs. The gas industry is a big player and pays extremely well so some went their and others just plain left the area. I work as an electrician in large manufacturing facility that pays me well and gives me good benefits. So why would of us want to leave our jobs that need a specialized skill. Just my suggestion call a local tech school and try a post grad recruiting program? Just a suggestion I don't know If that would work for ya.
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Re: Why are maintenance mechanics hard to find for industry?

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sun Dec 08, 2013 9:34 am

UPDATE--Anthony, you are absolutely right, I should of noted in my prior post that a good tech school should not be clumped in with the over educated, lazy ass academia educational process. ;)
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Re: Why are maintenance mechanics hard to find for industry?

PostBy: samhill On: Sun Dec 08, 2013 9:48 am

Just as with most other things Anthony, location, location, location there are some very good Tech Schools & some not so good but the real problem becomes the lack of jobs. A lot of youngsters are in fear of going away from support of family, almost been taught decades of fear the unknown & sadly many have never even worked an entry level job (which the idiots now think should pay more), but many have done nothing but live off parents for everything even spending money. Some of those trade jobs are coming back (the old farts like myself) have left or are hopefully going to be able to & some business than ran for easy $ are now coming back for our easy $ & tax breaks & incentives & claiming to be Patriotic for doing so. :(
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Re: Why are maintenance mechanics hard to find for industry?

PostBy: stoker-man On: Sun Dec 08, 2013 12:15 pm

I will also add that the employees at our plant are treated like gold. Anybody hired is carefully chosen and there is no fighting or otherwise bad conduct allowed. One thing that may be shocking is that there is an attendance policy. You have to show up for work, on time, every day !!!
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Re: Why are maintenance mechanics hard to find for industry?

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sun Dec 08, 2013 12:18 pm

Well, what the hell sm--there's the problem--way to demanding with that show up policy--LOL
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Re: Why are maintenance mechanics hard to find for industry?

PostBy: anthony7812 On: Sun Dec 08, 2013 12:29 pm

I'd agree sounds like a slave camp hahaha it's good to hear businesses treating their workers like gold and not property. Addition training only pays off if the worker stays I've learned.
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Re: Why are maintenance mechanics hard to find for industry?

PostBy: whistlenut On: Sun Dec 08, 2013 12:32 pm

IMO, many do not want to 'pee in the cup'.....cramps their lifestyle. I see it everywhere, and many really talented men and women are allowing themselves to fall through the cracks. The Neurosurgeon is not going to be a 'healer' if the transit system fails; the power grid goes down; the regulations overpower our ability to still be competitive and profitable.....or his Mercer craps out for a poorly made .$75 diode.
If you are afraid to take a chance, get dirty, or don't want to show up for work, then you might try a new life in China, just to see how they would accept your attitude.
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