Skills gap remains top issue for steel: execs

May 13, 2013 | 04:24 PM | Catherine Ngai

Tags  AISTech, steel, ArcelorMittal, Tata Steel, Andrew Harshaw, Anand Sen, Chad Utermark, Nucor Nucor-Yamato

NEW YORK — Recruiting quality skilled workers remains a challenge for the steel industry, a number of executives said last week at the Association for Iron and Steel Technology’s AISTech 2013 conference in Pittsburgh.

"There is absolutely a skills gap," Andrew Harshaw, executive vice president of operations at Chicago-based ArcelorMittal USA LLC, said. "You can go to school and learn about electricity, but what do you know about PLCs (programmable logic controllers) and drives? I can’t spend three years teaching someone about the simple part of the business. They need to be ready to take on the much more difficult....

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