Highlights of SAE survey
78 percent of respondents said engineering's understanding of manufacturing is satisfactory or good; 64 percent said manufacturing's understanding of engineering is satisfactory or good.
Shop floor managers debate whether to train workers to operate more complex equipment, or to create equipment that can be run by less-skilled workers.
Participants were critical of university programs and called for the industry to create more manufacturing apprenticeship programs.
More than 75 percent of respondents saw a need for more standards in manufacturing.