For Job Security at the Factory, Learn How to Repair a Robot
Photo: Tomi Um
Nick Leiber, Bloomberg
In a former Pratt & Whitney jet-engine-testing facility, a canary-yellow robotic arm is rotating above a table. An instructor taps on a tablet, and the arm shifts to move in a different direction. The demonstration is part of a tour of a new robotics and automation training center that Goodwin College, in East Hartford, Connecticut, and engineering consultant Rapid Global Business Solutions Inc. unveiled in March.
About 25 percent of U.S. workers, representing 36 million jobs, could be replaced by automation in the next few decades. Goodwin College is one of a number of U.S. institutions investing in training to prepare blue-collar workers for that shift.