MS (Master of Science)
Date of Award
Committee Chair or Co-Chairs
Mohammad Moin Uddin
William Hemphill, Keith Johnson
Machinists are skilled tradespeople responsible for running a variety of machine tools to produce precision components for end-users or use in other manufacturing. This project identifies the current and future change in the number of machinists in the Tri-Cities area, especially the five-county service area of Northeast State Community College. Using an industry survey, the need for machinists is identified and evaluated to understand local employers’ needs. The results indicate industry needs more machinist to keep up with demand, as 6 out of 14 companies have open positions and, 8 reported difficulty filling openings. Furthermore, most companies are growing or stable overall, but have an average 15% of their machinists eligible to retire. The survey results show a need for more students to enroll in programs, such as the Machine Tool degree, or even for regional policy changes to encourage more young people to pursue machining.
Thesis - unrestricted
Stufflestreet, Bradley, "Identifying the Need for Trained Machinists in the Greater Tri-Cities Area" (2020). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 3827. https://dc.etsu.edu/etd/3827
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