This article originally ran in The St. Louis Business Journal on Feb. 23, 2023.
Parents need to be educated that the manufacturing jobs that their children can get now are vastly different than the ones available decades ago, said a participant in a roundtable discussion at the Southwestern Illinois College Granite City campus.
“Their conception of manufacturing is what it was in the 1950s – dirty, nasty, smelly machines; dark, dingy, nowhere to go but sit there and crank a handle all day,” said Dave Sweda, talent development and safety manager at Seyer Industries, a St. Peters-based based manufacturer of aerospace products. “It’s technology. Everything is computer-based now.”