Survey Finds Rising Demand and Competition for STEM Degree Holders

More new STEM jobs are being created than new non-STEM jobs today at U.S. Fortune 1000 companies, according to 67 percent of the respondents to the latest Bayer Corporation Facts of Science Education survey. The sample included talent recruiters from both STEM and non-STEM companies.

Eighty-nine percent of the talent recruiters in this year's survey report that competition is fierce to fill open STEM jobs with four-year STEM degree holders. In addition, new hires with two-year and four-year STEM degrees are "as" or "more in demand" for non-STEM jobs than new hires without STEM degrees who have traditionally filled those jobs, according to 79 percent and 89 percent of survey respondents, respectively.

Yet, very few – only 16 percent or less – of participating Fortune 1000 companies are seeing adequate numbers of qualified African-American, Hispanic, and American Indian two- and four-year STEM degree job candidates. And overall, just over half (55 percent) of these companies can find in a timely manner adequate numbers of qualified job candidates with two-year STEM degrees. Only half (50 percent) can find qualified four-year degree holders in a timely manner. Companies struggling to fill STEM positions overwhelmingly (at least 90 percent) believe it is due to a shortage of qualified STEM degree candidates with two-year or four-year degrees.

"While much of the debate today centers on the country's pool of STEM Ph.D.s., this survey focuses on the lion's share of our STEM workforce -- those with four-year STEM degrees or less," said Jerry MacCleary, President, Bayer MaterialScience LLC. "For this particular debate, we believe the jury is no longer out. As professionals responsible for scouting and hiring talent, the recruiters' firsthand knowledge is an excellent barometer of the STEM workforce realities that companies in a range of industries are facing today."

According to Fortune 1000 talent recruiters:

Finding STEM New Hires

• Nearly seven-in-10 (68 percent) of those who cannot find an adequate number of qualified STEM job candidates report their companies have a significant number of open, unfilled STEM jobs for four-year STEM degree holders, while nearly half (48 percent) report vacancies for two-year STEM degree holders.

• Talent recruiters at manufacturing industry companies are more likely to report difficulty finding qualified four-year STEM degree job candidates (55 percent). • Talent recruiters report seeing fewer Caucasian (33 percent) and Asian (39 percent) female job candidates with four-year STEM degrees than Caucasian (67 percent) and Asian (59 percent) males.

• Virtually all Fortune 1000 companies offer programs, such as internships and recruitment programs, to find qualified four-year STEM degree candidates, while only slightly more than half (53 percent) do so to find two-year STEM degree candidates.

Increasing Demand for STEM Degree Holders

• Seventy-five percent of STEM and non-STEM company talent recruiters believe that, 10 years from now, there will be more new STEM jobs than new non-STEM jobs created at their companies.

• Seventy-three percent of respondents say that two-year STEM degree holders will continue to be "as" or "more in demand" for non-STEM jobs than their counterparts without STEM degrees in the next decade. Ninety percent believe the same of four-year STEM degree holders.

• While the respondents believe that demand for two- and four-year STEM degree holders will continue to be strong in the next 10 years, new hires with four-year STEM degrees, in particular, will be in short supply, say more than two-thirds (68 percent) of respondents. More talent recruiters at companies in the manufacturing (75 percent) and services industries (77 percent) expect such a workforce shortage.

• Computer/information technology and engineering (not IT/computers) are predicted by the talent recruiters to be the two highest growth jobs at their companies 10 years from now for both two- and four-year STEM degree holders.

"As the debate rages over whether or not the United States is producing enough STEM talent to meet the demand, a new voice emerges," said Linda Rosen, CEO of Change the Equation. "Even in the height of the recession, STEM jobs were going unfilled. The results of this survey emphasize the voice of Corporate America – there is a STEM skills shortage and we need to address it now. We very much believe in using data to inform our efforts around STEM learning, and this important survey gives us one more tool to employ."

Precision Manufacturing & AutoCAD Classes at Gateway Community College

The Gateway Community College Workforce Development Institute still has room available in the following classes. Day and evening classes are available and are ideal for employee training and CEUs. To register, please contact Erika Lynch at 203-285-2302 or The Gateway Workforce Development Institute is located at Gateway Community College at 20 Church Street in downtown New Haven.


This course covers the basics of reading mechanical blueprints. Both the English and Metric systems are discussed. Various topics are covered such as the alphabet of lines, detail and assembly drawings, pictorial drawings, orthographic projection, auxiliary views, section views, dimensions, tolerances, threads, title blocks, revision blocks, bill of materials and standards of drawing paper. CRN 4262 Thursday, September 12 - October 10 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM - Room N004 Frank Renaldi $239.00


The science of measurement as it applies to manufacturing processes. This course will study the various types of measuring devices and instrumentation widely used in the manufacturing industry. Differentiate between precision and semi-precision. Proper use of Scaled and Venire Instruments, Micrometers, Dial Indicators/Calipers, Gage Pins and Blocks will be discussed and demonstrated. Comparative methods using Sine Plates, Height and Surface Gages will also be covered. Students will learn the correct method of inspection based upon the accuracy of a components feature to be measured. CRN 4270 Saturday, October 5 - 19 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM - Room N004 Paul Delandra $229.00


This course will introduce students to the AutoCAD environment and operations. Topics include simple and complex drawing commands and modification, basic constructions and geometry, text manipulations, dimensioning and basic print layouts. CRN 4400 CEU 3.2 Saturday, October 5 - November 23 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM - Room N010 Joseph Kardos $459.00


Provides an affordable path for small- to mid-sized companies to become ISO compliant. ISO 9001:2008 provides an effective mechanism for interaction among participants in an enjoyable workshop format. The ISO 9001:2008 format provides ample opportunities for gaining insight into a variety of implementation strategies. CRN 4267 CEU 0.6 Monday & Wednesday, November 4 - 6 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM - Room N004 Samuel Eskridge $199.00


This course studies the industry accepted ANSI/ASME Y14.5-1994. This standard creates a unified symbolic language through which engineering requirements are specified on prints with respect to actual function and relationship of part features. Subject matters include the application of five categories of symbols: form, profile, run out, orientation, and location. Critical topics such as datums, feature control frames, and modifiers will also be discussed. CRN 4264 CEU 2.4 Saturday, November 9 - December 14 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM - Room N004 Frank Renaldi $459.00


Develops the concepts of a total quality system, including policies, objectives and organizations. Reviews such topics as cost of quality, planning, improvement techniques, reliability, supplier relations and evaluations, inspection, measurement and process control techniques, customer and consumer relations. CRN 4305 CEU 1.2 Monday & Wednesday, November 11 - 20 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM - Room N004 Samuel Eskridge $229.00


Presents a practical aid to management adapted from the science of statistics. The scope of study ranges from basic statistical concepts to techniques for the cost and quality control with emphasis on control by charting and acceptance sampling. The computer is utilized as an aid in calculation and control chart preparation. CRN 4268 CEU 2.7 Monday & Wednesday, November 25 - December 18 (No class November 27) 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM - Room N004 Samuel Eskridge $459.00


Basic concepts and techniques of CNC programming with emphasis on multi-axis machining and methods of handling part geometry. Instruction in current standard CNC language programming through use of simulation software and realistic exercises. WINTER 2014 CEU 3.0 Monday & Wednesday, January 6 - February 10 (No class January 20) 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM - Room TBA Joseph Kardos $459.00


Advanced problem-solving and programming techniques with emphasis on complex part programming. Transition from programming to hands-on set-ups and production using concrete component projects. WINTER 2014 CEU 3.0 Monday & Wednesday, February 12 - March 19 (No class February 17) 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM - Room TBA Joseph Kardos $459.00


Advanced programming and machining techniques are employed in the manufacture of complex components, requiring multi-stage set-ups and activities with multi-axis requirements. Coming in April 2014.

Study Finds Half of STEM Jobs Do Not Require a Four-Year Degree

This article was adapted from an article appearing on on June 10, 2013.

About 20 percent of all American jobs are now in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields, with half of those open to workers who don't have a four-year college degree, according to a new report by the Brookings Institution called "The Hidden STEM Economy."

Those jobs constitute a "hidden STEM economy," the Washington, D.C.-based think tank says, because they are "prevalent in every large metropolitan area," but many people believe at least a bachelor's degree is necessary to work in careers that require STEM skills. Many of these so-called "blue-collar" stem jobs are in construction, installation, manufacturing and health care. They include registered nurses, mechanics, carpenters and electricians.

"Of the $4.3 billion spent annually by the federal government on STEM education and training, only one-fifth goes towards supporting sub-bachelor's level training, while twice as much supports bachelor's or higher level-STEM careers," the report says. "The vast majority of National Science Foundation spending ignores community colleges. In fact, STEM knowledge offers attractive wage and job opportunities to many workers with a post-secondary certificate or associate's degree."

STEM jobs that don't require a four-year degree pay about $53,000 on average, about 10 percent higher than non-STEM jobs available to people with similar education backgrounds. "Today, there are two STEM economies. The professional STEM economy of today is closely linked to graduate school education, maintains close links with research universities, but functions mostly in the corporate sector. It plays a vital function in keeping American businesses on the cutting edge of technological development and deployment. Its workers are generally compensated extremely well," the report says. "The second STEM economy draws from high schools, workshops, vocational schools and community colleges. These workers today are less likely to be directly involved in invention, but they are critical to the implementation of new ideas, and advise researchers on feasibility of design options, cost estimates, and other practical aspects of technological development."

Of the country's 200 largest metropolitan areas, Silicon Valley's economy most relies on STEM workers, with a third of all employees in San Jose working in STEM jobs. Tech hubs such as San Francisco, Seattle, Washington, D.C., Denver, Austin, Houston, Raleigh (a banking hub) and Hartford, Conn., are also STEM hotbeds, according to the report.

Solar Engineering firm seeking Electric Engineer

A Solar Engineering firm in New Milford, Connecticut is seeking an Electric Engineer to join its team.

Job Description:

• In this position, you will coordinate directly with clients and internal staff to create design documents and construction plans for utility-scale PV systems.

• This position requires thorough knowledge of electrical design and engineering techniques, as well as CAD and graphics skills.

• This person is responsible to plan and conduct independent work requiring judgment in the evaluation, equipment selection, application and adaptation of engineering techniques, procedures and criteria.

• Develop new approaches to problems, and prepare or modify drawings, specifications, calculations, and monitor work for compliance to applicable codes, accepted engineering practices.

• Ensure consistency in design reviews, verification & qualification efforts. Participate in peer reviews.

• Make technology recommendations based on project site location and geographic conditions.

• Perform electrical site surveys using basic surveying tools, electrical safety equipment.

• Prepare site analysis reports regarding the feasibility of proposed projects and potential issues that may arise during construction.

• Utilize AutoCAD, and Microsoft Office tools in the development of project deliverables.

• Ability to write technical specifications, develop device and system level specification for external approvals.

• Provide technical support for interconnection and permitting efforts with municipalities and utilities.

• Support growth of a solar engineering team by providing guidance and technical direction to drafting team including the assignment and coordination of work to drafters.


• Bachelor of Science degree in Electric Engineering with a minimum of five years of experience with advance knowledge in electrical engineering

• Understanding of utilities engineering and design

• Professional Engineering licensure required

• Proficient in ACAD.

• Excellent computer skills in Microsoft Suite and strong verbal & written communication skills.

To reply with a resume and references, email Danielle Primini.

Expanding Manufacturing

The following article was adapted from an article in the February 21, 2013 U.S. Department of Labor Newsletter.

In his State of the Union address, President Obama outlined a plan to strengthen the middle class by making the United States a magnet for jobs and manufacturing. The U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration is charged with ensuring American workers are prepared for jobs of the future. Jane Oates, assistant secretary of labor for employment and training, answered three questions on what American manufacturing means for the country:

Question 1: What does 21st century manufacturing in America look like?

Jane Oates: Manufacturing is changing from what it was a generation ago. It's becoming more high-tech in both the tools and the processes used to manufacture new products. There are more computers and an expanded use of robotics. Manufacturing workers today need to know how to operate this equipment, which will require them to develop a whole new set of skills and knowledge.

Question 2: How will we train workers with the right skills for these manufacturing jobs?

Jane Oates: Employers are looking for workers with the skills to operate the high-tech equipment used in advanced manufacturing. To help upgrade the skills of existing workers and prepare new workers in this industry, the Labor Department is investing $2 billion to expand the capacity of community colleges to train students in new and in-demand skills, like automation, robotics, and information technology. We are also encouraging community colleges to partner with local businesses and the workforce system so students can earn industry-recognized credentials. We also try to bolster manufacturing careers through our H-1B technical skills training grants.

Question 3: What else can we do to bring jobs here?

Jane Oates: As President Obama said in the State of the Union, one critical step is to remove the incentives businesses have to set up shop overseas. We can end tax breaks for companies that ship jobs abroad and reward companies that hire here at home. We can help communities use local labor market data to ensure they are preparing workers for high-demand jobs, so that trained workers are ready when companies bring operations back home. At the department, we are working with our interagency partners, such as the Commerce Department and the Small Business Administration, to assist in economic development and encourage smart investments that benefit businesses and the public.

Engineering Aide/CAD Designer/Drafter Job Opening

Proton OnSite in Wallingford is looking for an Engineering Aide/CAD Designer/Drafter with 5+ years of experience, including experience designing and drafting industrial products and their installations using today's CAD toolset. An immediate opportunity exists for an Engineering Aide/CAD Designer/Drafter to work in an exciting team environment in support of the Engineering Department of Proton OnSite. This position will require working closely with a range of engineering disciplines to create and detail designs, and accurately document projects.

Proton is the proven industry leader in on-site hydrogen generation - its Proton Exchange Membrane, or PEM, electrochemical products are cutting emissions and costs at more than 150 power plants in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Proton's HOGEN hydrogen generators produce hydrogen from electricity and water in a clean and efficient process using proprietary PEM technology. Proton's on-site hydrogen generation is a green leader in production of hydrogen for meteorological, lab, industrial and renewable energy capture uses.


• Use AutoCAD to generate general equipment arrangement, mechanical piping, and electrical installation drawings, targeting small buildings or containers. • Use ProE to model parts and assemblies and make accurate detailed drawings. Designs may be prepared from verbal or written instructions. • Generate and maintain process flow drawings in MS-VISIO. • Design and detail simple parts through complex assemblies in support of existing and future designs. • Maintain and create models for engineering component library, and management of engineering specifications for purchased parts. • Make engineering changes to production-released engineering/manufacturing drawings.

Minimum Qualifications:

• Proficiency in AutoCAD generating drawings common to the industrial industry and processing plants. • Proficiency in Pro/Engineer, specifically in Pro/E part, assembly, sheet metal, and drawing modes. • Working knowledge of MS Office products. • Experience working within a team of professionals. • Strong oral and written communication skills. • Strong organization skills and attention to detail.

Education and/or Experience:

• Associate's degree or equivalent

For more information about this position or to submit a resume, email Sandi Kelly.

CCSU Grant to Provide Free STEM Career Training for Youth

Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) recently received a grant through Capital Workforce Partners to offer eligible, out-of-school youth, between the ages of 17 and 21 an opportunity to receive free training in three science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) career fields.

Participants enrolled in the "Social Enterprise & Workforce Development Project" will be eligible to receive advanced training certifications in emergency medical responder (EMR), basic technical manufacturing technician, or web based programming/website design. In addition, program participants will acquire retail work experience in a New Britain Downtown store to be launched and operated in association with this project.

By participating in this entrepreneurial business, youth will also receive an opportunity to earn national certification in customer service credentials.

Other services will include academic tutoring, career competencies development, and interactions with CCSU faculty and local businesses. Program staff will assist with placement into employment and postsecondary education opportunities.

Interested young adults may contact Thomas Menditto at 860-832-2215 or The first session of this two-year program will begin December 10.

The program is funded in part by Capital Workforce Partners. This is an approved program under the U.S. Department of Labor through the Workforce Investment Act of 1998.

STEM/Advanced Manufacturing & Technology EXPO of Greater Waterbury - November 15

The Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing presents the STEM/Advanced Manufacturing & Technology EXPO of Greater Waterbury.

Date: Thursday, November 15, 2012

Place: Coco Key Water Resort Hotel and Convention Center, 3580 East Main Street, Waterbury, Connecticut 06705

Speaker presentations include:

Attorney Gary B. O'Connor of Pullman & Comley, LLC, who will present "A Manufacturer's Guide to Environmental Compliance and Planning" (3:00-4:00 pm)

Anthony Bianco, Senior Account Executive, C&I Comverge New England, who will discuss "The Demand Response Program/Past, Present and Future" (4:00-5:00 pm)

"Out for Business," the Waterbury Regional Chamber's monthly networking reception. Participants will have the chance to visit booths from area manufacturers that had participated in the expo. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served. (5:00-7:00 pm)

Please RSVP to Wendy Robicheau at by Wednesday, November 14, 2012.


The CT State Colleges and Universities Board of Regents for Higher Education has announced that the three new community college manufacturing centers – in addition to the existing center at Asnuntuck Community College (Enfield) – are currently enrolling students for the fall 2012 semester with an expected Advanced Manufacturing Certificate completion date of May 2013. The funding for the new manufacturing centers at Housatonic (Bridgeport), Naugatuck Valley (Waterbury) and Quinebaug Valley (Danielson) was included in the bipartisan Jobs Bill considered by the legislature and signed by the Governor last year.

"Last year on my Jobs Tour, I visited dozens of businesses in our state and one constant refrain I heard was the need for an educated and skilled workforce, particularly within the manufacturing sector. If we're going to increase job growth and remain competitive, we must be aware of how critically important it is for manufacturers to have access to employees with an advanced skill set," Governor Dannel P. Malloy said. "Having a workforce that is able to fill these jobs is vital to spurring economic growth, and these manufacturing centers will play a significant role in boosting those efforts."

"These centers will provide the training and experience necessary for our students to fill the positions that exist in advanced manufacturing in our state," said Board of Regents President Robert A. Kennedy. "Following the successful Asnuntuck model, these three new centers will serve more students from across our state and ensure that they are ready to compete in the 21st century global economy."

Students who earn their 16-credit Machine Technology Level I Certificate will receive a primary level of essential skills and knowledge in the machining area of manufacturing. This certificate provides essential entry level skills by combining hands-on instruction, interactive lab experiences, theory and possible on-site manufacturing internships. Successful mastery of this certificate is required for entry into the Advanced Manufacturing Machine Technology Level II Certificate. The 18-credit Level II Certificate will provide additional skills to those seeking employment in machine technology and CNC manufacturing environments. Additionally, credits earned in this certificate may be applied to the College of Technology's (COT) Technology Studies Advanced Manufacturing degree option, which may be used for seamless transfer to several four-year universities including Central Connecticut State University and the University of Hartford.

Students who enroll in these programs may be eligible for financial aid. In addition, these certificates are Workforce Investment Act (WIA) approved and qualify for assistance under the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP). Interested students can learn more about the program by visiting or by contacting any of the following people:

Jodi Calvert (General Inquiries) Manufacturing Centers Coordinator 860-885-2601

Housatonic Community College:

Bill Griffin 203-332-5056

Naugatuck Valley Community College:

Mia Samsel 203-596-8690

Quinebaug Valley Community College:

Mark Vesligaj 860-412-7230

Asnuntuck Community College:

Paul Felici 860-253-3189

To learn more about the CT Board of Regents and to read this article please click here.

Litchfield County Times Reports Manufacturing Alive and Well in CT

On April 11, 2012, the Litchfield County Times reported that manufacturing is alive and well in Northwest CT and beyond. The article quotes Karen McWhirt, Executive Director of Manufacturers Association of Connecticut, Inc. "Manufacturing is not dead in Connecticut. It has changed, but it is not dead."

The article goes on to discuss the need for individuals who want to work in manufacturing and that schools and families need to encourage young people to see past the stereotypes of the dirty, manufacturing floor and explore a career in high-tech manufacturing.

To read the full article please click here.

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