A Workers' Perspective: Skills, Training, and Education in the Automotive Repair, Printing, and Metalworking Trades

K. McGraw, R. Forrant

In 1991-1992, the Machine Action Project (MAP) surveyed 730 workers in three trades: automotive repair, printing, and machining. The purpose of the survey was to examine workers' perspectives on the use of skills and the effects of technological change in the workplace. These trades were selected because they represent critical employment sectors in the rapidly changing, high-technology industries of Hampden and Hampshire Counties of Massachusetts, where the project was run. The pilot study served as a springboard for a MAP project which surveyed a larger, more geographically dispersed group of workers. The research shows that the increasing use of advanced technologies is effecting these trades. Workers are cognizant of how these changes have occurred and how they have altered many of the skill requirements of the workers' jobs. Contrary to popular myth, the workers surveyed were generally educated and skilled, and they desired advanced training.

MDS-266 / October 1992

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