I recently had the opportunity to tour two manufacturing plants back-to-back. They both made the same products, they were both located in the same general vicinity, and the work itself was largely the same across both plants. The only difference? One had been using the same machines since the company’s inception, and the other had been upgraded to brand-new manufacturing technology within the past two years. My mission was to determine if this upgrade at one plant would warrant an upgrade in their manufacturing hiring process as well. In other words, how would this new technology affect our definition of a “qualified” applicant? Would employees need markedly different skills or abilities in order to be successful at a cutting-edge manufacturing plant?