Joseph Federico, NJMET VP, contributes article on FIRST Inspires for March issue of US Tech Magazine
NJMET's VP and Director of Operations, Joseph Federico, contributed his fifth article to US Tech. This article highlights the FIRST program aiming to address the shortage of qualified workers for manufacturing jobs.
"In the 21st Century, amid a revitalization of manufacturing known as Industry 4.0, jobs in this arena have become increasingly high-tech and continue to adopt new technologies and create new opportunities. This is happening at an accelerating pace, with increased demand on production, design, programming, installation, and service," Joseph Federico, NJMET Director of Operations writes. Five out of ten of these positions go unfilled because of a shortage of skilled workers.
FIRST aims to be part of the solution by fostering in young people an interested in science and technology. The article explains that it is a non-profit, based in Manchester, New Hampshire that seeks to improve the perception of manufacturing jobs and increase the number of trained workers.
FIRST offers for programs each year, for different age groups:
- The FIRST LEGO League Jr. program (age 6-10)
- FIRST LEGO League (ages 9 to16)
- FIRST Tech Challenge (ages 12-18)
- The FIRST Robotics Competition (ages 14 to 18)
The article is available in the digital version of US Tech's March 2019 issue at: https://content.yudu.com/
Joseph Federico is the Vice President and Director of Operation at NJMET Inc. located in Clifton, NJ. He has over 40 years of laboratory experience in testing and screening of electronic component products. Mr. Federico has written nearly a dozen articles educating the electronics industry. He is a strong supporter of students entering the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This is his fifth article for US Tech.
For nearly 40 years, NJ MET Inc has been a pioneer in the Commercial, Military, Aerospace, Industrial, Automotive and Medical fields providing electronic component procurement, screening and qualification testing of electronic component products. NJMET is AS9100 Rev. D / ISO9001:2008 certified and has successfully completed of The Defense Logistic Agency's (DLA) laboratory suitability assessment and is now qualified to test federal stock classes (FSC) 5961 (Semiconductor Devices) and FSC 5962 (Microcircuits)
Special thanks to Malka Goldberg of the Goldberg Consulting Group for the choreography and interview assistance with this article. In addition, special thanks to Dean Kaman and Don Bossi of FIRST for the privilege of interviews in writing this article.