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department | on the floor

The exchange of tribal and
technology knowledge
between retirement-age
and incoming young professionals is a consistent
theme when students are
asked about their role in
manufacturing reliability.

have more digital skills. How do you think that
younger and older workers can best work together?
	 I think that it is important to develop relationships
with older existing employees because you can learn
and teach each other things that will make the company better as a whole. It is important to respect one
another's knowledge and skills.
	 Younger and older workers can benefit from
working together. Older workers can pass down "tribal
knowledge" that younger workers could not acquire
elsewhere. Younger workers can teach older workers
tips and tricks about technology to better enhance the
R&M experience.
	 They can teach each other things if they are open
to learn from each other. Some older employees are
sometimes reluctant to change their ways in the
workplace simply because they have been doing it that
way for so long. Older workers can benefit younger
employees by giving them more practical knowledge
and teaching them ways to perform tasks without
technology. 
	 With the rapid advancement of technology this
is no easy task. However, R&M combined teams
(younger and older) can help in this by combining the

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strengths of newer graduate student's knowledge in
technology and the applied knowledge of the experienced workforce.
According to an Emerson (St. Louis, emerson.
com) survey (emerson.com/en-us/news/corporate/2018-stem-survey), "The number of roles
requiring STEM (science, technology, engineering,
and mathematics) expertise is growing at a rate that
exceeds current workforce capacity. In manufacturing
alone, the National Association of Manufacturing and
Deloitte predict the U.S. will need to fill about 3.5-million jobs by 2025; yet as many as 2 million of those jobs
may go unfilled, due to difficulty finding people with
the skills in demand." As has been addressed many
times, more STEM engineers equate to better economic results. Hire reliability engineers to add value to
your organization. EP

Based in Knoxville, Klaus M. Blache is
director of the Reliability & Maintainability
Center at the Univ. of Tennessee, and a research
professor in the College of Engineering. Contact
him at kblache@utk.edu.

MAY 2020

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