Dahlen, Hjortsvang Win Gold Medals at SkillsUSA 2009
Congratuations to all students who competed and placed in last week's Precision Machining Technology Competition at SkillsUSA 2009. In addition to performing two manual and two CNC competitions, roughly seventy students from secondary and post-secondary schools were also tested on quality control and professional interviewing skills.
The medalists are as follows:
In the Post-Secondary Competition:
Eric Dahlen of Boise State University Gold Medal
Carl Spain of Tennessee Technology Center at Chattanooga Silver Medal
Steve Poppovich of Saint Paul College Bronze Medal
In the Secondary Competition:
Sawyer M. Hjortsvang of Des Moines Area Community College Gold Medal
Chris Harkless of Miami Valley Career Technology Center (Clayton, OH) Silver Medal
Kyle Brodeur of Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School (Fall River, MA) Bronze Medal
Check back for more information and photos from SkillsUSA 2009!
Jane Addams Resource Corp. Trainees Earn CNC Milling Credential
The following is an official press release published by Ray Prendergast and Susan Mussal of the Chicago Department of Community Development.
TWELVE OUT OF TWELVE JANE ADDAMS RESOURCE CORPORATION TRAINEES EARN HIGH-ROAD MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY CREDENTIAL
Training funded largely by City of Chicago Training Dollars
Chicago, IL – June 15, 2009 – All twelve trainees at Jane Addams Resource Corporation (JARC) seeking the certification received the Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Milling Level 1 credential from the National Institute of Metalworking Skills.
“This is a very challenging credential,” says JARC Director of Training Services, Guy Loudon. “The trainee has to write a computer program and cut a part to very close specifications. The part is then sent to a third party for review. If the part passes the inspection, only then can the trainee sit for a rigorous online exam, which all twelve of our students passed.”
The trainees are students in JARC’s Careers in Manufacturing Program, which prepares unemployed adults and disadvantaged job-seekers to operate, set up, and program computerized machine tools before placing them in jobs. The program’s technical instructor, Juan Del Castillo, is a pioneer in the competency-based approach to technical training. Del Castillo’s model stresses peer learning and a simulated work environment.
“We are committed to only partnering with and funding the best training providers,” said David Hanson, Executive Director of Business Development Services at the City’s Department of Community Development. “JARC is a prime example of a provider who consistently seeks innovative ways to train job seekers and, ultimately, gives them the ‘golden nugget’ they need to stand out in today’s job market.”
Most trainees access Workforce Investment Act funding administered through the City of Chicago’s Department of Community Development. Other trainees are funded through City of Chicago Community Development Block Grants administered through the Department of Family Support and Services, and a grant provided by the Polk Bros. Foundation. Student project parts were inspected by Chicago area manufacturing companies Federal Mogul, P-K Tool & Mfg. Company, Rexam, and S&C Electric Company.
The 2009MachineTool Technology Competition will take place at two venues.
The Manual Machining Skills componentsof the competition –Manual Milling and Manual Turningwillbe held attheBusiness & TechnologyCenterof theMetropolitanCommunity Collegeon Wednesday, June 24. The CNCMilling, CNC Turning, Process Control and the GD&T and Theory Exams will take placeat Bartell Hall on Thursday, June 25.
Theprinciplesof the competition remain the same; contestants will compete against each other and against the clock in demonstrating their skills against the NIMS Machining Levels I and II Skill Standards.
“This doesn’t reduce the pressure nor diminish the competition, but it does enable the contestantsto rethink and reload as they gofrom making parts on the manual machines on Wednesday towriting programs for the CNC operationson Thursday,“ said James Wall, NIMS Deputy Director and Contest Co-Chair.
Mr. Wall noted that “the lab at Metropolitan is well equipped for this purpose and the program there has been accredited by NIMS”, said Mr. Wall.
Contestant parts from the manual machining operations will be on display Thursday at Bartell Hall.
AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology’s Board of Directors has announced that it has elected Douglas K. Woods as AMT President.
Woods comes to AMT from Parlec, Inc., a company that specializes in tooling, workholding and presetting solutions, where he was President. Prior to that post, he was President of Parlec International. Woods was a member of AMT’s Board of Directors from 2000-08 and was its chairman in 2005-06. He was also chairman of the committee for AMT’s Custom Automated Systems Group.
Woods brings a wealth of manufacturing experience to AMT, having worked at everything from small tool and die shops up to multibillion-dollar machine tool corporations. His international experience and connection to a broad manufacturing base allows him a unique perspective on member needs.
“We are very pleased that Doug has agreed to take on this challenge,” said Ron Schildge, Chairman of the AMT Board of Directors. “His experience and commitment to this industry will serve AMT and its members well in these challenging times.”
Woods also was president at Liberty Precision Industries, a company he joined in 1990. He held executive posts with the Automation Systems Divisions of Cross & Trecker and Gleason. He began his career at Alliance Automation Systems, where he served his apprenticeship and went on to hold several management positions.
Woods has been involved with other associations that represent manufacturing, including the National Tooling & Machining Association and the Rochester (N.Y.) Tooling & Machining Association.
Sometime in 2005, management at Eaton Hydraulics began seeing jobs from other factories move to Mexico for low-skill workers there. They didn’t want that for their own plant and began a strategic focus on training. They believed that the future of their facility was tied to skilled labor—and people who could be flexible in their work duties—and training would be the differentiator for their unit.
Eaton began by investigating the standards set by NIMS, the National Institute of Metalworking Skills and visited a local manufacturer, EJ Ajax and Sons, that incorporated NIMS credentialing into their on-the-job training. They met with Rich Davy, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, to design registered apprenticeships based on the NIMS competencies. Changing from a time-based to a competency-based apprenticeship was key to measure the effectiveness of the training employees received.
They made training a negotiating point with their unionized workforce who recognized that more opportunities are in store for those who learn more. “We wanted to show our employees that management was committed to them, show the State we were committed to registered apprenticeships, and show schools we were committed to ongoing training of new hires,” says Scott Swier, Manufacturing Manager at the Eaton Fluid Power Group.
Julie Anderson, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, said, “It’s nice to see actions matching commitments and it’s going to help make this plant more stable.”
Eaton was the first in the nation to have a NIMS competency-based tool maker apprenticeship program agreed to by labor and management. Eaton also had the nation’s first NIMS-certified machine tool maintenance technician and the nation’s first tool and die maker. But Eaton didn’t stop there. The capstone to their apprenticeship programs would be to have the training program itself NIMS accredited.
NIMS accreditation sends a powerful message that the program meets national industry standards. This is an important message to internal and external customers, the board of directors, employees, future employees, customers and the community at large. It represented what Eaton Hydraulics stood for.
The accreditation process for Eaton took about eight months and included:
• Self-Study - Eaton rated themselves against NIMS quality measures including administrative support, instructional quality and capacity, curriculum, equipment and tooling, advisory council roles, safety and the integration of the national standards.
• Third-Party, On-Site Audit - A three -person team comprised of industry and education personnel conduct an on-site review, verifying the self-study report and documentation. The team interviewed administrative and corporate personnel, instructors, workers, advisory council members and industry leaders. The team also inspected the facility and equipment and analyzed safety practices.
And just this spring, Eaton added another to their lists of firsts: Minnesota’s first NIMS –accredited training program for Machine Maintenance and Tool Program Levels I, II, III. Steve Mandes, NIMS Executive Director, recognized Eaton’s accomplishment with a plaque given to Lee Marske, Plant Manager, in a small ceremony attended by management at both the plant and corporate levels, machine tool and maintenance employees, and others. Marske noted that it was a team effort of achievement. “This goes to all of you,” he said.
“Eaton has given us a model that any company, with the right commitment, can implement,” said Mandes.
Tess Skeels, HR Manager at the Eaton Fluid Power Group, holds the NIMS Accreditation.
Front Row Lawrence Harer maint supervisor Tess Skeels HR Manager Julie Anderson Union Rep. IAM Debra Bultnick mfg liaison for workforce dev. Richard Lobitz Rich Davy dept. of labor Steve mandes
Back row Brian Litzau James Smith Ron Krueger Training Coordinator Mark Haege Lee Marske Plant Manager Scott Swier Manufacturing Manager Randy Willard