The manufacturing world is changing in all U.S. industries. This applies to ceramics as well, which have been manufactured for thousands of years. According to John Sullivan, director of the Center for Advanced Manufacturing at Purdue University, a very frank example of this phenomenon is the equipment used in today’s factories and manufacturing centers. No longer are machines being used that are as old—or older—than the employees that operate them, according to Sullivan.
In addition, Sullivan says that the type of workers being hired in manufacturing is changing. The low-skilled positions found in some manufacturing sites are fast disappearing. Today’s manufacturing employer is looking for skilled workers who are able to use and operate very sophisticated computers and electronics.