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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.



FANUC Expands CNC Training Program

By: Jedd Cole
The expansion includes extra courses and additional equipment investments for several facilities in the United States.

A Shop Manager Shows This Video to Encourage Employees to Focus

By: Peter Zelinski
The shop’s team members “need to understand their responsibility to our stakeholders to be productive in an extremely competitive global market,” he says. Distractions such as headphones work against this, because our brains cannot really multitask.

The Attentiveness Gap

By: Peter Zelinski
American visitors to Japan noticed the focus of manufacturing employees there.

NIMS Releases Industry-First CAM Standards

By: Jedd Cole
The standards define competencies and skills needed for entry-level CAM positions.

A-1 Tool Corp.'s recruitment video

[Video] Could This Be the First Really Great Machine Shop Meme?

By: Jedd Cole
A-1 Tool Corp. and Skill Scout have released a good example of a clever video tapping into common social media knowledge among millennials.


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