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Published: 8/1/2017

Maintenance Matters: Cultivating Craftsmanship
Toolroom managers need to help repair technicians become skilled mold troubleshooters and craftsmen rather than tooling replacers and cleaners.

Published: 5/26/2017

Contingent Staffing for the Machining Job Shop
Hiring additional staff is an option to increase capacity, but if the fluctuation in demand is unpredictable and of short duration, you can quickly end up with excess capacity and a fixed expense that is too large for a lower level of business.

Published: 8/1/2016

Project-Based Learning
University education in a shop-like setting helps mold a new generation of enterprising engineers.

Published: 7/12/2016

It's Time to Educate the Next Generation–Manufacturing Competitions Receive Support from Companies at SkillsUSA
The depiction of manufacturing jobs as dirty and undesirable may soon be a thing of the past. How are manufacturing companies showing their interest in getting more students into the field?

Published: 5/26/2016

Training the Manufacturers of Tomorrow
With help from Edgecam, Northern Maine Community College trains the next generation of skilled manufacturers.

Published: 11/1/2015

Finding, Training & Retaining Employees
In this multi-part series of articles, contributor Ryan Pohl, a journeyman CNC machinist who also holds a master's degree in industrial training and development, addresses the skilled-labor shortage and its potential to dramatically hinder the f...

Published: 6/15/2015

How One College Meets the Need for Trained Manufacturing Hands
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—trai...

Published: 5/1/2015

New Talent, New Services Build on Solid Foundation
At Superior Tooling, scientific mold sampling is a natural extension of a scientific mold manufacturing process. Meanwhile, the company is more excited than ever about a new apprenticeship program.

Published: 4/8/2015

"Your Career CAN Make a Difference" Video Hits Home at NPE
Our "MoldMaking Matters: Your Career Can Make a Difference" video project with Creative Technology, NyproMold, AMBA, SPI and SPE's Mold Making and Mold Design Division, makes its debut at NPE2015. Attendees and exhibitors grab DVDs and manuals to sh...

Published: 7/22/2013

Not Just a CNC Degree
A relationship with a local employer allowed Rock Valley College to create a 21st-century model for manufacturing instruction. That was good, because for this school’s manufacturing program, the 20th century did not end well.

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