A Model for Machine Tool Training

Once a machine shop, now a training institute, this organization has an interesting and innovative approach to helping close the skills gap.

Tom Peters is the director of workforce development at the Symbol Training Institute in Chicago.​

I had the pleasure of meeting Tom Peters at IMTS 2016. He’s the director of workforce development at the Symbol Training Institute in Chicago. In Tom’s words, the institute is an educational organization that builds partnerships with manufacturers and students to improve lives through quality education, providing hands-on training in programming, setting up and operating CNC machines tools.

He explains that the Symbol Training Institute is dedicated to encouraging and assisting all students in achieving their maximum academic, career and personal development. The school provides a number of services that are geared toward helping students meet this objective. In addition to offering CNC and quality control training, it has a high job placement success rate. Symbol works directly with manufacturing companies to place students into high paying, high demand jobs. In addition, Symbol is approved by the Division of The Private Business and Vocational Schools of the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

Symbol’s roots lie in manufacturing, as it was once a CNC machine shop. It is now dedicated to helping close the skills gap that is so familiar to U.S. manufacturers. It deserves your attention, and your support as well. Learn more about training in this article from Production Machining. Also, view a brief interview with Tom straight from the IMTS show floor.