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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.



A CNC Machine with Nine Controls

By: Mark Albert
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 machines from Emco Maier with exchangeable control panels. Find out how students and their potential employers benefit.

You Are Already Paying for Training

By: Peter Zelinski
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.

a Swiss-type's sliding headstock design

New to Swiss-Type Turning

By: Derek Korn
What are some nuances to training a person to effectively operate a Swiss-type lathe? This shop offers some suggestions.

How One College Successfully Meets the Need for Trained Manufacturing Hands

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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 machines from Emco Maier with exchangeable control panels.

Donald Snow of C.S. Tool

Will the Coalition Continue?

By: Peter Zelinski
It almost certainly will. As the Whitehall Township Tooling Coalition nears the end of the tax incentive that led to its creation, this alliance of eight tool and die shops finds so much value in the partnership that the group is on track to last. Here are lessons in how and why to enter into an alliance of shops.


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