Maintenance Crisis

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United Skills of America is striving to build the next generation of skilled technicians through a major campaign in concert with Career Technical Education programs, community college goals, and the Center for America.  This initiative is supported by United Association Union of Plumbers, Fitters, Welders and HVAC Service Techs, Robeson Community Col

lege of Lumberton, N.C., and technicians like Marty Tauber, a maintenance trainer of Portland, Maine.

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India's first Reliability Maintenance Council is formed



MUMBAI, INDIA -- The Indian Reliability Maintenance Council (IRMC)  was recently formed by the attendees of Joel Leonard’s February 2012 “Fighting the Maintenance Crisis Workshop”.  The impetus for forming the council was the enormous task of maintaining large, aging infrastructure and dealing with a long list of industrial challenges including: equipment failures, production outages, budget cuts, deferred maintenance expenses, skilled workforce challenges and increasing inflationary costs.

Elevate the Maintenance Profession: Start in the Trenches


During the 2012 Golden Globes Award Ceremony in Hollywood, CA, the Foreign press recognized the best in movie and television. Two days ago the best in the music business were recognized at the widely viewed Grammys.  This got me thinking; why can’t we glorify real workers who propel our economies forward? Why don’t we recognize maintenance heroes with more fanfare? Why doesn’t our president invite the best maintenance leaders to discuss energy cost saving techniques?  Our president recognizes the  Super Bowl winners and national college athletes. Why can’t he acknowledge those who are going the extra mile to keep our buildings, our businesses and machines performing at high levels within severe budget constraints on a daily basis?

Fighting the Maintenance Crisis

In industry we are very aware of the plight of skilled trades. To compete companies have been cutting back their staff, deferring maintenance almost to chronic levels to save money and have been adding automation systems thus increasing the complexity of the environment.  With the average age of the skilled workforce reportedly in early 50’s, a mass exodus is upon. However, to backfill these very valuable skill sets the next generation are clouded with negative stigmas of these often lucrative career paths and thus do not pursue the education needed to be qualified to fill these positions.

U.S. companies find themselves in the awkward situation; despite 10% unemployment rate and  plenty of bodies to fill vacant or soon to be vacant jobs, there are very few with the skill sets needed to run their equipment, manage their maintenance performance and deliver reliability consistently. More companies are beginning to realize that they no longer operate as pirates - by acquiring others talent - and having to become farmers and grow their own talent pools.  That is why companies like the Marshall Institute with their fast track training curriculum are so valuable.