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Training & Personnel

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.

Another Look at Training

By: Chris Felix
Two different approaches to training get the majority of attention—general training of potential shop employees (such as that taught in trade programs) and training of existing employees on a shop’s specific equipment and environment.

Work Environment

Teaming Up in the Swiss Shop

By: Chris Felix
This company capitalizes on employee empowerment and creativity to strengthen the work environment, improve production numbers and exceed customer expectations.

Growing Great Employees

By: Russ Willcutt
One way to address the shortage of skilled industrial labor is to hire for potential and train for productivity, capitalizing on the unique perspectives of those with experience outside of the manufacturing industry.

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Talent Shortage: Advice from a Human Resources Expert

By: Peter Zelinski
The shortage of potential employees in manufacturing is a serious challenge that merits a serious response. An employment consultant describes how manufacturing businesses should think differently about talent and recruiting.

daily shared breakfast in a manufacturing shop

The Importance of Positive Culture

By: Peter Zelinski
One of the most significant developments I am seeing in manufacturing is a recognition of the potential value of fostering an encouraging culture for employees.

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