Tooling U Offers 10 Percent Discount To PMPA Members

Partnership With Tooling U Provides Easy Access To Online Training


Precision Machined Products Association members will receive a 10 percent discount off published prices on all Tooling University classes registered and paid for beginning May 1, 2003. That’s because PMPA has entered into a partnering agreement with Tooling U, the leading provider of online training classes for metalworking manufacturing.

“Tooling U and our online training offer many benefits to PMPA members,” says Greg Jones, director of marketing and sales at Tooling U. “It’s very cost-effective, and it’s an efficient way to train people.”

Tooling U offers online classes that focus on today’s manufacturing training needs. The classes include education in basic skills, such as shop math and blueprint reading, as well as more advanced training on CNC part programming and metalcutting operations. The classes use the interactive capabilities of the Internet, including text, photos, video, audio and illustrations.

“The classes include both streaming videos and audio voice-overs, because some people learn better visually and others learn better auditorily,” explains Mr. Jones. “With online training, especially at Tooling U, the trainee is engaged in the process. The most compelling part of Tooling U is the ability for training managers to monitor employee progress and test results.”

With a subscription, a company’s employees have access to all of the classes at Tooling U for a year, and they can take those classes at their own pace. Tooling U currently offers more than 70 classes and will be adding approximately 30 more by the end of 2003. Hundreds of companies and thousands of trainees have taken courses through Tooling U since the Web site was launched in the fall of 2001.

“Before subscribing to Tooling U, PMPA members can register for a free trial class,” says Mr. Jones. “Then, they can speak to one of our representatives about their exact training needs. By calling (866) 706-8665 toll free, they can set up a corporate account and receive the 10 percent discount on their subscriptions.”

Tooling U’s classes are designed with companies’ training objectives in mind. Online training at Tooling U offers low-cost, 24/7/365 access to classes and additional resources. Because the services are infinitely scalable and allow students to work at their own pace, Tooling U can accommodate any classroom size or student availability.