A recent post in OpsPro Essential from Aberdeen Group discussed the fact that complex manufacturers – such as equipment and machinery manufacturers – were severely hurt by the shortage of engineers in the hiring market. They mention that engineering job postings stay open more than twice longer than any other employment field. Because of this shortage, salary offers for fresh graduates will be around $80,000. (Hmmm, this is almost twice the amount I made 15 years ago…) As a result of this shortage, manufacturers need to find a way to increase the knowledge of the engineers that they already have on their payroll. As products become increasingly complex, they must make these high skill resources more effective… the question is, how?