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Manufacturing needs talented professionals! Plenty of careers are available for manufacturing engineers as well as trade professionals such as machinists and toolmakers. One of the challenges manufacturing employers face is that too few young people with aptitudes for science, mathematics and technology are discovering these fields. This page describes efforts to reach the next generation of manufacturing talent, and offers links to resources making the case for manufacturing careers.

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A Virtual Approach to CNC Training


One way to take the fear of crashing an expensive machine out of CNC training is by using simulation software that features programming methods actually used on the shop floor.

#MFGDay15 Illuminates and Bridges the Manufacturing Divide


Gaps in workforce skills and public perception are nothing new to manufacturing. What is Manufacturing Day doing to help, and what happens after outreach?

How to Succeed in a Machining Career


A successful machinist with a medical device company offers advice to young people about how to pursue the same rewarding career he enjoys.



Discover More With Mazak™ Event to Highlight Innovations

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Mazak will host its seventh annual Discover More With Mazak™ event at its Northeast Technology Center in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, May 3 – 4 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. A special day for students will be held on Thursday, May 5.

Infographic: Careers in Welding

By: Peter Zelinski
An illustration summarizes the work, compensation and opportunities in this field. Those opportunities sometimes involve travel and increasingly involve automation.

Honoring Apprentices Builds Morale, Pride in Moldmaking

By: Cynthia Kustush
Last night I had the pleasure to attend the American Mold Builders Association (AMBA) Chicago Chapter dinner meeting, during which six young apprentices were honored by the mold shops that employ them via a nomination, submitted by their supervisors, for the chapter’s Mold Your Career Award.

Need Workers? Check Out This Qualified Source

By: Cynthia Kustush
In 2015, NIMS issued 21,420 industry-recognized credentials, resulting in a 20% increase in credentials issued in the United States from 2014.

A New Take on Machine Tool History

By: Mark Albert
An enlarged, updated and revised edition of “The American Machine Tool Industry” by Albert B. Albrecht is now available. This new book includes a discussion and analysis of the industry's resurgence since the start of the new century, but retains the author’s personal but perceptive interpretation of its history when U.S. builders were the dominant force in the global machine tool industry.


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