The Old Machinest vs. Modern Management


| January/February 1970



Box 146, County House Rd., Mt. Royal, New Jersey 08061

So often we hear the 'Good Old Days' and in many ways we know this to be a false statement, but for one thing; the heyday of the craftsman and the real machinist.

What has happened to these people? And why do we not have such personnel as the back-bone of American Industry? Also, how are we to maintain our engineering and know how status as a leader of free enterprise in the world of today? Ten to fifteen years ago, we had all of these things, but through many companies not wishing to spend money for real apprenticeship and training programs, the shortage has continued to increase as the skilled know how has retired.

A few years ago the gap could have been narrowed had these men of experience been taken from their machine and placed in some position to teach these younger men who are now in the driver's seat. Gone is the little short and chubby foreman who walked around with his old felt hat and his curly pipe emitting sparks because someone had put cast iron dust in it at lunch time. Gone also is the company spirit that once existed when a man felt that his company was King and without him it could not produce.

Most of the older generation were extremely conscientious and much dedicated to what could be called, their profession. Today, this is no profession, it is merely another kind of job that pays a little more than pushing a broom; and this is the only reason the modern young man enters this line of work. He knows little, so he can be told anything by his inexperienced and incapable supervisor who has never given one hours thought to such things as leadership, morals or power of command. Perhaps it is not entirely fair to place sole blame upon them for: if I remember some of my Sunday Schooling 'Help them, for they know not what they do'!

Perhaps it is the fault of the manufacturers lieutenants who need the flunkies for a greater power status and a personal feeling of greater importance. The company directors are, I do believe, dedicated people but the shameful part is they never really know the true picture. Perhaps the lieutenants dare not let them know, and with all now placed under a statistical system, it becomes extremely easy to change a bad picture into a rosy one.