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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.



Put Employees’ Skills on Display

By: Peter Zelinski
A shop interested in cross training publicly scores its employees according to how much time they spend with different types of equipment.

Launching an Apprenticeship Program for $130

By: Derek Korn
This shop uses an inexpensive plug-in for a website-hosting platform to manage its custom, in-house apprenticeship program.

NIMS and Gene Haas Foundation Announce Scholarships

By: Chris Felix
The program will provide scholarships to high-achieving SkillsUSA students showcasing their skills at the 2016 National Leadership and Skills Conference.

TMA’s Training 2.0

By: Peter Zelinski
A different and newly equipped training program addresses the needs of Illinois-area manufacturers as those needs have changed in recent years. The success of the new program suggests questions for leaders in other regions of the country.

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This Shop’s Training Program Paves a Pathway to Employee Success

By: Derek Korn
This shop developed a Web- and video-based training program tailored to its own specific practices that enables new hires to progress in stages from trainee to senior process engineer after demonstrating a clear understanding of each new skill they’ve acquired.


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