Honoring Apprentices Builds Morale, Pride in Moldmaking

Last night I had the pleasure to attend the American Mold Builders Association (AMBA) Chicago Chapter dinner meeting, during which six young apprentices were honored by the mold shops that employ them via a nomination, submitted by their supervisors, for the chapter’s Mold Your Career Award.

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In 2015, NIMS issued 21,420 industry-recognized credentials, resulting in a 20% increase in credentials issued in the United States from 2014.

A New Take on Machine Tool History

An enlarged, updated and revised edition of “The American Machine Tool Industry” by Albert B. Albrecht is now available. This new book includes a discussion and analysis of the industry's resurgence since the start of the new century, but retains the author’s personal but perceptive interpretation of its history when U.S. builders were the dominant force in the global machine tool industry.

Ed Partnership Lays Ground for Cultivating Ind Maintenance Workforce

The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) has formed an educational partnership with Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT) – one of the new national manufacturing innovation institutes -- and Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana to train community and technical college instructors, as well as industry trainers, in industrial technology maintenance (ITM).

Additive Manufacturing Users Group Accepting Scholarship Applications

The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) announced that it is accepting applications for two scholarships for additive manufacturing and 3D printing education and professional development, which will be awarded at its annual conference.

AIM Institute Advances Injection Molding Careers and Fills Skill Gap

John Beaumont made his mark in the industry through his deep involvement in, and teaching of, injection molding technologies and engineering. He was also recently nominated into the Society of Plastics Engineers’ prestigious Plastics Hall of Fame. Beaumont has yet one more accomplishment to add to his long list: He has announced the first graduating class from his newly founded American Injection Molding Institute (AIM).

Apple Employs an Abundance of Skilled Labor – In China

Did anyone see the December 20, 2015, edition of 60 Minutes, which featured an interview of Apple CEO Tim Cook? A colleague brought it to my attention recently and I watched it with great interest because it actually provided a very good view into a very secretive company and covered not only the issues of encryption technology and corporate taxes, but also why the company is not bringing work back to the USA from China.

Chicago AMBA Learns about Recruiting and Keeping Millennials

The Chicago Chapter of the American Mold Builders Association (AMBA) recently held its first dinner meeting of the 2015-16 season and the focus stood firmly on how to fill the skills gap and foster young talent in the moldmaking industry.

The Force Is Strong with These High School Machinists

High schoolers in a Computer Integrated Manufacturing class learned how to design a part for turning, calculate feeds and speeds, program a CNC lathe, and become Jedi knights.

#MFGDay15 Illuminates and Bridges the Manufacturing Divide

Gaps in workforce skills and public perception are nothing new to manufacturing. What is Manufacturing Day doing to help, and what happens after outreach?