By Terry Stead, Tecnico Corporation
All of us in this Industry know that the average age of a Shipyard Journeyman is 54 and increasing every year. This has been the status for several years now and plenty of articles have been written about this problem.
The challenge we all face is how to capture the knowledge base and pass that on to the next generation. Moreover; where do we find that next generation, and will they have the skill set needed?
The traditional path has been to assign helpers / handy-persons to those mechanics and let the process of absorption take its natural course over a given period. Unfortunately this process is becoming less and less acceptable for many reasons.