Help needed: "California manufacturing jobs in demand" project

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Feb. 17, 2012

The California Labor Market Information Division is doing an analysis of real-time job demand in California manufacturing firms, and they need your help. 

The California report is going to mirror a recent national CREC report that similarly analyzed online job postings to make conclusions about the overall skill needs of U.S. manufacturing.  The researchers will analyze engineering and design postings, production listings, logistics, and miscellaneous occupations common to manufacturing, such as sales and marketing. They are asking CMTA members for help as they analyze four months of all advertised job listings in California.

They need our members to add critical keywords to their existing list to ensure they aren't missing key skills in their "data grab".  We need your human resources folks to take five minutes to respond with keywords that are used in their company's/industry's job postings.  To get the best results, they request keywords be limited to one or two words and include accepted acronyms. These should be brief buzz terms for in-demand specialized knowledge, tools, software (e.g. Oracle), skills, etc.

Please e-mail Gino DiCaro at with any keywords or questions.

Here is a list of some of the words they are using:

For all manufacturing postings:For production openings:
InspectionComputer numerical control (CNC)
SchedulingSales Mathematics
Product developmentMachine operation
MentoringMachine tools
Technical supportLathes

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