Manufacturing Symposium: Recruiting & Training a Skilled Workforce
Set for Washington, DC, October 26-27
National leaders from government and industry will convene in Washington on October 26-27 to discuss best practices in recruiting and training a globally competitive workforce. The conference is sponsored by the Embassy of Switzerland and the National institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS).
On the evening of October 26, conference speakers, panelist, participants and their spouses will attend a reception at the Swiss Embassy as guests of Swiss Ambassador Urs Ziswiler. An action packed agenda featuring legislative and executive branch policy officials and manufacturing leaders will fill the following day at the Ronald Reagan Center in downtown Washington. Issues regarding finance and international trade will be discussed in addition to workforce development.
A special relationship between the Swiss and NIMS has been developed during the past several years. For the third year in a row, the top winners of the NTMA-NIMS Apprenticeship Competition will be touring Switzerland. This year’s winners will return just in time for the conference and will report on their observations of Swiss training programs at the conference. A stellar example of that partnership occurred last Fall at the International Manufacturing and Technology Show where United Grinding unveiled its new Studer CNC Grinder, with the proceeds of the sale of the first machine going to support NIMS apprenticeship efforts.
NIMS has always attempted to benchmark its standards against the best demonstrated practices and the Swiss are no exception and has incorporated components of the Swiss apprenticeship into the NIMS efforts. In a similar manner, the St Louis-based machine builder Hydromat, is an example of a Swiss company that has integrated NIMS competency-based apprenticeship into its training program.
The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) is announcing its intent to seek partners for the Solicitations for Grant Applications as announced by the U.S.DOL and as published in the Federal Register on June 24 and 29, 2009 for the following SGAs:
DFA PY-08-21; and
NIMS intendsto approach these SGAs in a dual manner, both as principal applicant and as party to other applications depending on the nature of the scope of work under the particular SGA.
Interested parties should contact NIMS Executive Director Stephen C. Mandes for details. Mr. Mandes can be reached email@example.com.
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.