Faculty Advisor

Bergstrom, Torbjorn Stansen


The "Skills Gap" refers to the current condition in the manufacturing industry where there are more positions available than there are people to fill those positions. This project studies the root cause of the "Skills Gap" through literature review, interview and survey. The literature reviews revealed three potential causes: specialization of manufacturer’s needs in employees, a societal push away from skilled labor positions and a public stigma against manufacturing. These three possible causes are further analyzed using surveys and interviews. It is shown that the societal push away from skilled labor and the public stigma against manufacturing spring from the same poor public opinion of manufacturing/skilled labor. Possible solutions to the "Skills Gap" are discussed.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2015

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering