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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.



funding training in manufacturing

Funding Training is Worth the Risk

By: Peter Zelinski
What if an employee receiving paid training from an employer takes that training and goes to a different company?

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Good Video on Machining Basics

By: Derek Korn
Training somebody with no shop experience? Have them check out this video.

The Lights Came Back On

By: Peter Zelinski
A community college’s fast-track CNC instruction made it possible for one manufacturer to restart its idle machining area. I see several lessons in this.

It Takes Time

By: Peter Zelinski
To illustrate our article about the commitment to training at Progressive Turnings, a Chicago-area job shop, photographer Todd Schuett of Creative Technology produced this composite image conveying the frequency with which plant manager Luke Niels conducts ad hoc coaching sessions on the shop floor.

The Inside Track

By: Peter Zelinski
For many shops, the best source of new business is existing customers. Is the best source of new talent your existing employees?


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