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9. Pipeline of talented scientists and engineers

The future of our company depends on a strong pipeline of talented science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) professionals. We need STEM workers to fill an ever increasing number of open positions. These employees will also be responsible for driving the product innovations that will lead to a more sustainable future.   

Why is this important to us?

Manufacturing in the United States faces a significant workforce challenge in the coming years. At ArcelorMittal, we know our aging workforce will retire and there will be a need for experienced workers to take their places. We need to hire, train and retain skilled workers to continue our mission to provide safe, sustainable steel for years to come.  

The commercial imperative

What kind of challenges do we face?

In the U.S., more than 50% of our employees are over the age of 50. As our employees retire, we need to ensure that their expertise is transferred to the next generation. However, the U.S. is currently facing a STEM skills gap. Jobs in STEM related fields are growing at twice the rate of non-STEM fields. The U.S. Department of Commerce estimates that by 2018, the nation will have more than 1.2 million unfilled STEM jobs. This is due in particular to a lack of qualified workers in STEM fields.

What do we need to do?

We invest in the full continuum of the STEM education spectrum to ensure that students throughout the U.S. have access to STEM opportunities. In our communities we partner with local nonprofit organizations and schools to provide STEM experiences for youth. We partner with post-secondary institutions to engage and recruit talent through ArcelorMittal’s Steelworker for the Future® community college program. We additionally support colleges and universities with our Campus Partnership Program. To retain and further the development of our current workforce, we provide educational reimbursement and training programs. 

What is the potential to create value?

The workforce of tomorrow will have the opportunity to drive our technological innovations. This includes developing more sustainable production processes and developing new ways to use and re-use resources. We also want to work towards an increasingly diversified workforce.  

Increasing STEM opportunities for girls and minorities

Steel innovations use virtual reality with campus partners

Increasing STEM opportunities for girls and minorities

ArcelorMittal believes in cultivating and supporting a workforce for the future. The future STEM workforce is crucial to the USA economy. STEM workers will make our country more competitive in the global market. Jobs in STEM related fields are growing at twice the rate of non-STEM fields. The U.S. Department of Commerce estimates that by 2018, the nation will have more than 1.2 million unfilled STEM jobs. This is due in particular to a lack of qualified workers in STEM fields. Compounding this issue is lack of diversity in STEM fields. U.S. News and World Report issued statistics about minorities and girls in STEM careers. Of all engineers, 24 percent are women and 12 percent are African American and Latino. Of all workers in advanced manufacturing, only 16 percent of workers are women and 15 percent are African-American and Latino. Research shows that the key to increasing these numbers lies in access to STEM curricula. Students need exposure to possible career paths in STEM and mentors in STEM fields.

ArcelorMittal's Girls and Minorities in STEM initiative addresses these gaps for key populations. Launched in 2014, this initiative engages nonprofit organizations with robust STEM programming. We focus funding on those organizations working with underrepresented populations. The program began by identifying five nonprofit organizations in Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana. Each of these five organizations engaged girls and minorities in STEM subjects. In 2015, this group of partners grew to seven. Each organization serves a unique population and age group. This strategic partnership approach ensures funding spans first grade through college. With continued funding committed in 2016, ArcelorMittal's investment in this program totals $635,000. Partners include the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, Project SYNCERE, the Society of Women Engineers, Step Up, Embarc, Chicago Architecture Foundation and the YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago. These organizations served more than 2,000 youth with STEM programming during 2014-2015 school year.

Nancy L. Wright, chief executive officer, Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, stated of the initiative, “Our partnership with ArcelorMittal allows us to provide robust, immersive experiences in science, technology, engineering and math for girls who may not otherwise have these opportunities. We spark an interest in the girls who will no doubt become the game-changing workforce we need. We are grateful to ArcelorMittal for supporting our efforts to foster the brilliance of our girls, celebrate their potential and invest in a better future for all of us.”


Steel innovations use virtual reality with campus partners

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to see raw materials turn into molten iron inside a blast furnace? ArcelorMittal is using strategic collaborations and technology to improve our operations and develop our workforce of tomorrow. Through a partnership with Purdue University Calumet’s Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS), we are using high tech simulations to solve some of our greatest challenges.

CIVS is a virtual reality laboratory run by Purdue faculty, staff and students. It combines advanced simulation techniques with 3-D visualization and virtual reality technologies. Through the use of the center’s resources, participants can see and interact with complex data in ways that are beneficial for users.

ArcelorMittal began to collaborate with the center a few years ago on projects at our Burns Harbor, Indiana Harbor and research and development facilities in Indiana. The technology offered through CIVS is being utilized by companies, including steelmakers, that are hoping for a technological edge in an increasingly competitive global marketplace.

“For the past several years, CIVS has worked with ArcelorMittal to address many steel-related issues, which resulted not only in economic benefit, but also opportunities for our students to learn how to solve real-world problems,” said Dr. Chenn Zhou, CIVS director and professor, Purdue University Calumet. “Partnerships like this have made CIVS a useful resource for using advanced simulation and visualization technologies to provide cost-effective solutions. We truly appreciate the collaboration with ArcelorMittal and look forward to continuing to advance technologies that support the steel industry.” Project topics related to industry include: workplace safety, energy efficiency, operational efficiency, reliability and maintenance, workforce development, environmental impacts, raw materials and smart manufacturing.

“I have worked with CIVS on a variety of successful projects in the past,” said Larry Fabina, manager, continuous improvement, ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor. “Their modeling techniques can be applied to solve problems throughout our facilities more quickly and economically than methods we used previously. In January 2015, Burns Harbor developed a list of possible CIVS projects that would improve our operations and CIVS is presently working on two of the projects from this list.” All of the projects focus on best practices that can benefit the entire industry. 
In order to further support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, ArcelorMittal was also involved in a summer STEM camp held at CIVS in 2015. Middle school students from Northwest Indiana participated in a special career camp that focused on future STEM job opportunities. The program is part of Ready Northwest Indiana and Works Council of Northwest Indiana.


CIVS used interactive and innovative simulations to educate the students and introduce them to STEM-related career fields. The simulations allowed the students to virtually explore several career fields without having to leave the center’s Immersive Theater. Throughout the five-day camp, the students saw how a wind turbine functions from the inside and out, how power is generated, how steel is manufactured, and participated in interactive demos with some of the latest evolving technologies – such as Oculus Rift (a 3-D virtual head mount display), augmented reality and 3D printing.


Two ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor steel producing managers provided a fun, hands-on presentation to the young students about the vast STEM career opportunities available in today’s high-tech steel industry. “The students really enjoyed examining the different types of alloys we brought and were engaged by answering our questions,” noted Dave Sena, manager, operations technology, ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor. “This interaction with our youth is key to the industry’s development in growing local and talented kids to someday support and grow in our community.”

2015 Highlights


Community investment in STEM

Increase total STEM grantmaking from 28% to 40% of total community investment budget

Committed 42% of our grantmaking in 2015 to support STEM programming

Continue to support STEM programming through financial grants and by encouraging employee volunteer opportunities with our partners

Training and leadership development

Provide salaried and hourly employees with training and development opportunities

Provided 25,571 training hours for salaried employees and 654,151 training hours for hourly employees

Further refine our reporting to capture all hours of employee training