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Under a Wing

The inspiration for this column came to me in the parking lot behind an extraordinary high school, where I learned about an extraordinary teaching lab.


A CNC Machine with Nine Controls

One obstacle to training the next generation of machine operators and engineers is exposing them to the variety of machine types and controls they are likely to encounter when they are hired. A community college in Illinois has the answer—training m...


You Are Already Paying for Training

Training saves cost in the form of higher efficiency and reduced rework. It’s just that the costs of not training are difficult to quantify, affecting the perception of training’s ROI.


What’s a Journeyman’s Card, Anyway?

Instead of a journeyman’s card, the apprenticeship program at Grob Systems offers a free associate degree as well as a paycheck and the possibility to launch a manufacturing career with the company.


Shops Differ on Cellphone Policies

Is the distraction of cellphone and device use on the shop floor a problem in your facility? What restrictions should govern cellphone use in the shop? Various shop owners and managers commented on this question in Modern Machine Shop’s LinkedIn gro...


Welcome to Machining, Kris

Reading MMS’s encouragement to hire employees lacking in machining skills, this shop manager did exactly that. Now more than two months in, a new hire with a great attitude is succeeding at a CNC machining center.


Video: Machinist Describes His New Role with Robot

Do robots in manufacturing replace people? Here is a machinist who now programs the robot that performs some of the work that he used to do.


Model Machine Shop Video: MK Precision

This medical contract shop’s video describes its culture of training, as well as its president’s personal connection to the parts the company machines.


Video from the Machine Operator’s Point of View

Do safety glasses offer an opportunity for wearable technology? This footage was captured while an operator wore glasses equipped with real-time video streaming.


Which Path Did You Choose?

We’re always interested in hearing about how individuals are trained and educated for careers in manufacturing. Know of an interesting, unusual or highly effective program in your area? Tell us about it.


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