JeTSI – Meeting Industry Workforce Challenges Head-on


A pioneer in the area of corporate teleworking, Alan Jeffries determined quickly that JeTSI did not need a dedicated office space to be successful and to meet client needs. JeTSI’s unique telework approach provides experienced and premier engineering resources while reducing enormous energy costs for facilities and commuting. Additionally, there are a number of other factors in the American workforce as a whole, and some unique to the aerospace industry, which make JeTSI’s teleworking model advantageous for all sides. The number of workers reaching and approaching retirement age coupled with the lack of experienced, skilled workers to take their place, and the significant drop in American students pursuing careers in the engineering, math, and science arenas has the possibility of leaving America without space industry expertise. These are serious and valid industry concerns.

According to HR Magazine, “Economists at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) project that most new U.S. job openings in the coming decade will not stem from newly created jobs but rather from a need to replace workers exiting from existing jobs.” And the 2012 Space Report cites 45% of NASA’s current workforce is between the ages of 45 and 59. NASA will be facing a wave of retirement by the 2020’s significantly reducing the level of experienced workers. Furthermore, if you widen the age range to 40-60 year olds, more than 70% of NASA’s workforce is in that range while the overall U.S. labor pool is less than 45%.

Unfortunately finding younger workers to train and replace the retiring workforce is difficult. In 2001, there were only 148,000 degrees awarded to Americans in the engineering, math, and physical sciences – a 50% drop from the 1960’s and the lowest number in two decades. Despite the evidence that the unemployment rates for college graduates with degrees in STEM fields are lower than other fields, and salaries are higher (as much as 50% higher over a lifetime), only 16% of college students graduate in STEM fields according to a 2012 Georgetown University study.

Meeting the challenge with a 1,2,3 punchAs company owners, engineers, and science lovers, Alan and Leslie feel strongly about making a difference and turning these statistics around. They have a three-pronged approach:

  1. Providing aerospace engineers and scientists the ability to work a schedule that meets their lifestyle needs and still contribute to the industry even after retirement. For some, the ability to take care of children or other family members while retaining their professional career is the optimum situation. JeTSI matches the engineers’ skill sets and availability with the clients’ project requirements and schedule providing a win-win solution.
  2. Donating time and resources to schools and teachers working to foster a love, appreciation, and understanding of engineering, math, and science principles. It is vital to engage students while they are in school – from elementary and on through high school, and into college.
  3. Creating part-time internships and junior engineering positions within JeTSI to help train and mentor young adults who are still attending college and just getting started, or are still early in their careers.

This approach complements JeTSI’s commitment to provide exceptional response, reliable service, and innovative solutions to clients; a challenging and fun work environment for our employees; and to develop a love for science and technology in today’s youth.