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Baseline Survey of Illinois Manufacturing Employers

Thank you for agreeing to participate in the Baseline Survey of Illinois Manufacturing Employers sponsored by the Illinois Manufacturer’s Association (IMA) and the state of Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

Who should take the online survey?  A representative from manufacturing firms within the geographic regions included in the ATIM Initiative were selected to complete the survey. To see the letter from the Illinois Manufacturers' Association introducing the survey click here.

What type of questions should our firm expect to answer? The survey asks you to provide background information about your firm and to summarize your firm’s recent experiences in recruiting and hiring workers for manufacturing jobs including machine operation, welding, mechatronics (machine maintenance and repair) or logistics.  A representative from your manufacturing firm with workers who knows the manufacturing jobs, human resources, and qualifications needed to fill jobs should complete the online survey. Survey topics include:

  • Number of employees at your work site.
  • Number of employees by occupational category: logistics, welding, general machine operator, CNC operator, mechatronics.
  • Number of new hires in last six months by occupational category.
  • How a jobseeker’s completion of a manufacturing credential  influences your hiring decisions.
  • Time spent filling job openings.
  • Typical training time needed for new employees to become productive workers.
  • Level of satisfaction with attitudes and skills of new hires, by occupational category.
  • Previous experience with public workforce development agency services.

How long will it take to complete the online survey? It shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes to complete the survey.

How long will the survey be available? Please respond to the survey by January 17, 2014.

Why is this survey needed?  This survey is part of a larger initiative, called the Accelerated Training for Illinois Manufacturing (ATIM), which has the goal of recruiting and training job seekers for job openings in the manufacturing sector.  Your responses will help identify how to improve the match between the qualities of the new employees you are seeking and characteristics of the individuals currently seeking jobs in the manufacturing field.  We encourage you to take the time to complete the survey. 

Who will analyze the survey and will we be provided the results?  The survey responses will be analyzed by Social Policy Research Associates (SPR), a California firm hired by the state of Illinois to evaluate the ATIM program referenced above. 

Are responses confidential?  Your responses to this survey will be confidential.   In reporting survey findings, SPR will not reveal the names of any of the firms that responded to the survey and will summarize all findings only at the state level.  None of the information you provide will be shared with any entity other than the members of the evaluation team; your responses will be used only in connection with this research study.

Where do I complete the survey?   Follow the link to the Employer Survey on this web page.

Questions? If you have any questions about this survey, please feel free to contact Jim Nelson at the Illinois Manufacturer’s Association at, or for technical questions about the survey, Andrew Wiegand, the evaluation director at Social Policy Research Associates, at

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Jim Nelson 

Jim Nelson

Vice President for External Affairs
Illinois Manufacturers’ Association

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