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The Demand for Skilled Labour in Manufacturing


Over the past couple years a common topic of conversation between manufacturers in Canada and the US has been the shortage of skilled labour.

A report published last year called “The Skills Gap in U.S. Manufacturing 2015 and Beyond” projects that, “Over the next decade, nearly three and a half million manufacturing jobs will likely need to be filled, and the skills gap is expected to result in 2 million of those jobs going unfilled.”

The challenge in the Advanced Manufacturing sector is the high demand of skills that manufacturers look for in the labour force. As an example, below are the necessary skills of workers in the Automation Assembly field:

  • Large mechanical competency, with knowledge of assembly, drilling, welding, sub-assemblies,
  • Knowledge of pneumatics and hydraulics
  • Ability to read and understand mechanical and electrical prints
  • Ability to use troubleshooting methodologies for all equipment in the plant
  • An understanding of all programmable logic controllers, including troubleshooting ladder logic and re-programming
  • Ability to rewire machines and understand variable drives, device net, ether net, and control net systems
  • Practical use of Word, Excel and PowerPoint to train customers and write reports

So can can we anticipate and plan for this ever increasing skill shortage? We believe that answer lies in education and  training.

Specific programs have been created that directly address training requirements for the Advanced Automation fields. Seneca College, with the help of Siemens Canada Engineering and Technology, introduced the Mechatronics program in 2015. Mechatronics is known as the amalgamation of ‘mechanical, electrical and computer technologies.’

Conestoga College has created a Mechanical Technician and General Machinist program which offers scholarships for students to help with tuition costs, and comes with the bonus of an offer of full-time employment upon successful completion.

The Ontario Government has also invested $35M of funding to create a manufacturing consortium with McMaster, Waterloo, and Western universities, focused on developing new technologies, training, advances in the manufacturing sector.

TCA Technologies is also committed to further investing in the training and education of our team of skilled workers. If you are interested in employment or an apprenticeship in Assembly Automation field, please email!


TCA Technologies Announces Job Openings

As we look forward to expanding our facilities in 2015 to meet the strong demand for TCA’s custom-engineered manufacturing systems, we are recruiting additional staff in a number of areas. If you feel that you fit the bill for any of the positions listed below, we encourage you to apply and join our growing team.

Sales & Applications Specialist: With a technical education and experience in the custom machinery design/build industry, the S&A Specialist works with existing and potential customers to determine their needs, develop appropriate concepts, prepare cost estimates and pricing, produce and present a technical sales proposal and work with the customer toward a final solution.

Machine Builders: Post-secondary education combined with experience as a machinery assembler and/or millwright are needed for this position. Necessary skills included the ability to read and follow drawings, meticulous attention to detail and the ability to work collaboratively with others. This position may also offer the opportunity to travel to customer locations to provide service and installation assistance.

CNC Machinists: Machining or Toolmaking Certificates of Qualification are desirable prerequisites.  Working with a CNC Programmer, a CNC Machinist uses job orders and blueprints to determine required operations and tolerances. A CNC operator is responsible for machine set up and control of speed, feed, and other variables.  May include the possibility to learn CNC machine programming using CAM programs.

Technical Marketing Writer: This position supports TCA Technologies’ sales and marketing activities through the development of written copy for social media, print marketing, press releases, website, email marketing and any other marketing campaigns and/or materials. Technical report writing for some other functions is also expected. Experience in a technical environment combined with advanced interviewing and writing skills are needed.

Mechanical Designer: A University or College Degree/Diploma and relevant experience are essential to function in this role which designs and documents all aspects of a project in accordance with specifications and applicable industry standards. Meeting budget and time constraints add to the challenge. Customer coordination and working with a multi-discipline team are essential elements.

Electrical Control Design/Programming: A Degree/Diploma in Mechatronics or equivalent is required. The position involves the design and programming of control systems using a wide range of controllers, drives, robots, HMIs, vision and data acquisition systems. Mechanical/Electrical troubleshooting, travel to customer sites and the ability to work within budget and time constraints are all part of the role.

For more information about any of the positions listed above and/or to apply, please send questions and resumes to and specify which role you would like to be considered for. Resumes can also be faxed to 519-824-9053.