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Training is one of the most difficult and important activities in any machining facility. In some parts of the country, as the number of skilled machinists dwindles, shops are increasingly facing the challenge of developed skilled employees themselves by training these employees internally.

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Cardinal Manufacturing

Does This School Have the Formula for Manufacturing Education?


A high school in Wisconsin runs its manufacturing vocational program as a business. Students make parts for paying customers. The program is thriving, cash flow is strong, and local manufacturers can now hire recent graduates who already have experience in meeting customer demands.



Video: Machinist Describes His New Role with Robot

By: Peter Zelinski
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.

Play it Safe

By: Chris Felix
Safety procedures often are sidestepped because the employee thinks he or she can get away with it every once in a while. Yet fluky injuries do happen during brief lapses in good judgement.

Is It Time for a Four-Day Work Week?

By: Peter Zelinski
This shop's employees now work four 10s instead of five 8s. Here are the benefits the shop has seen.

How to Evaluate Prospective Employees

By: Peter Zelinski
The consultant who has worked with Staub Machine describes his method for helping this shop identify candidates who have the personal attributes the shop is now seeking.

Strengths First, Skills Later

By: Peter Zelinski
The best indicators of a manufacturing employee’s success might be attributes that don’t appear on a résumé.


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