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Metal Manufacturing dying in the US?

As computers advance more and more I think the need for skilled machinists, sheet metal fabricators, and welders is just going down the toliet. With andvanced CNC machines and robots to run them operators have pretty much been eliminated. Even the machine programmer has been eliminated in some areas were they use 3D models files to make parts. Even welding has been replaced by robots. All these robots doing the jobs for us and plus we can't forget all the outsourcing going on it seems manufacturing in the US will soon be gone. (with the exception of military manufacturing. I don't know about you but i don't think we are going to trust china with top secret bluebrints for a new fighter jet). What is going to happen when the next big war comes about? who's is going to make parts to support the war? The young men will be gone at war and the women will have to run the factories. the problem is WHAT FACTORIES?!! everything is made someplace else now. The only jobs that remain is dumb ass engineers who have no experience in the shop. Engineers are Theoretical. Machinists are practical.

Asked By: Josh g - 10/30/2009
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Glad you have such complete answers. Since you think Engineer are Theoretical, what do you think Scientists are - day dreamers. Tens of thousands of Engineers would disagree with you as to what is practical... More
Answered By: mike1942f - 10/30/2009
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Machinists are practical. they practically make what they're told by the engineer who theorizes how things need to be made in order to work.
Answered By: memarcus - 10/30/2009
 
I have yet to see a machining center without an operator or a programmer, even those who start with 3d cad files. It just means he does not need to write the g code directly. He does need to know macnining principles, select the correct tools and operate the 3d machining software.
Answered By: doane_nut - 10/30/2009
 
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