While the new President will introduce favourable tax breaks and discourage imports by imposing tax/tariffs on goods produced from outside the US, this may not translate into jobs for the blue collar workers who voted for Trump and his America First policies.
As with other modern post-industrial societies, increasingly advanced manufacturing requires less brawn and more brain. In order to take advantage of Trump's emphasis on "made in the US", prospective employees will need to offer highly specialised skills to employers.
Fifteen years ago, many companies began moving production off shore to low cost economies. These technologies have continued to develop such that offshore manufacturing no longer has the same benefits in cost saving that it had in 2000.
Although Trump's policies will accelerate the return to onshore manufacturing, they will not wind back the clock to the times of full employment in local manufacturing. In reality, a human worker is likely to be working alongside a robot worker in 2018.
U.S. investors see more automation, not jobs, under Trump administration