|Industrialized and developed economies around the world are built of steel. Steel is the heart of bridges, the structure of skyscrapers, and the bodies of automobiles and appliances. Steelworkers go to work every day knowing that what they produce is vital to the U.S. and global economies, as well as to the security of our nation.While steel remains central to our economy, the business of making steel has changed dramatically in the last 30 years. Today, steelworkers are engaged with technology, computer automation and advanced materials science.For example:
Now more than ever, the steel industry will depend on a new, diverse workforce. As older workers retire over the next three to five years, Ohio’s steel industry will look to replace up to 50 percent of its workforce. Individuals with a math and science aptitude will be sought after especially. New workers will occupy positions as mechanical and electrical maintenance technicians, equipment operators, engineers and metallurgists.
Through wages and productivity bonuses, steelworkers, technicians, engineers, scientists and management in the steel industry make a good living while providing a product that benefits their community.
Within the steel industry, employees fall into three basic groups: (1) production, (2) maintenance and (3) professional and managerial positions.
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Numerous associations, government agencies and non-profit organizations are dedicated to promoting a competitive steel industry.