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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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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.



The Attentiveness Gap

By: Peter Zelinski
American visitors to Japan noticed the focus of manufacturing employees there.

NIMS Releases Industry-First CAM Standards

By: Jedd Cole
The standards define competencies and skills needed for entry-level CAM positions.

A-1 Tool Corp.'s recruitment video

[Video] Could This Be the First Really Great Machine Shop Meme?

By: Jedd Cole
A-1 Tool Corp. and Skill Scout have released a good example of a clever video tapping into common social media knowledge among millennials.

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Virtual CNC Training Goes beyond Simulation

By: Matt Danford
Teaching CNC technology doesn't have to require an actual CNC. Learn how some cash-strapped educational institutions (and risk-averse manufacturers) are using virtual training.

What Do Manufacturers Want in Training?

By: Peter Zelinski
A regional association asked that question of its member machining businesses, and developed a program aimed at meeting those needs.


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