ROANOKE, VA -
Local manufacturers met Wednesday at Virginia Western to talk about the need in our area for specific skills.
The group of seventy said there are several challenges facing the industry including critical thinking and problem solving, a misperception of manufacturing and a lack of programs available.
They agreed there needs to be a clear career path for manufacturing jobs and changing perception is important.
"Every day is more and more complex. Requirements get tighter, deliveries get shorter, people need to think outside the box to try and solve problems. We almost need an engineer on every piece of equipment now a days," said John Dyer with Optical Cable Corp.
This meeting is part of the Roanoke Regional Industry Advisory Council who meets to talk about issues impacting the region.