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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.



machinist's garden

The Machinist Garden

By: Peter Zelinski
The lettuce is growing great. But can this team of precision machining specialists get watermelon to grow in Connecticut?

Swiss-type machining challenges

Getting Ramped up on Swiss-Types

By: Derek Korn
Swiss-type lathes present unique challenges to operators who aren’t familiar with them. Here are a few.

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Under a Wing

By: Mark Albert
The inspiration for this column came to me in the parking lot behind an extraordinary high school, where I learned about an extraordinary teaching lab.

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.


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