In an effort to continuously improve training of the American workforce, representatives of the U.S. precision manufacturing industry journeyed to Switzerland to meet with Swiss manufacturers and explore that nation’s apprenticeship system. They were not disappointed with what they learned.
The group was led by Harry Moser, NIMS Board Member and Agie-Charmilles Chairman Emeritus; and included Gregory Chambers, NIMS Board Chair and Director of Compliance, Oberg Industries; Jeff Kelly, Chairman & CEO, Hamill Manufacturing; Erick Ajax, Vice-President, E.J. Ajax ; NIMS Deputy Director James Wall. Oberg Industries, Hamill Manufacturing and E.J .Ajax all have NIMS based apprenticeship programs.
Upon their return, Mr. Chambers reported extensively about the Swiss system to the NIMS Board of Directors and engaged the Board in discussing how U.S. companies and NIMS might replicate appropriate and successful components of the system. All the industry participants reported to the Manufacturing Summit on November 9, contrasting Swiss recruitment and training with current American methods.
It is of great interest that apprenticeship is highly regarded in Switzerland –socially as well as economically. 70 percent of the Swiss workforce is educated and trained through apprenticeships, including many white collar occupations such as bankers and architects.
It was clearly enunciated by the American leaders that the U.S. needs to do so much more in elevating apprenticeship training as a means to a profession in American manufacturing.
The trip was sponsored by the Swiss Office of Trade and Promotion. NIMS has a unique and excellent relationship with the Swiss. Over the past several years the Swiss have been hosts to the winners of the NTMA-NIMS apprenticeship competition and gold medalists from the NIMS Precision Machining Competition at the Skills-USA Championships.
Visit the NIMS website next week to view photos from the group's trip to Switzerland.
Secretary Jane Oates Addresses Manufacturing Summit, Gives Conferees "Homework Assignment"
From left to right, Mr. Hans Ulrich Bigler, president, SGV Swiss Association of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises; Jane Oates, assistant secretary of labor for Employment and Training; Mr. Stephen Mandes, executive director, National Institute of Metalworking Skills; Senator Amy Klobuchar; Mr. Martin von Walterskirchen, minister, Regional Director Americas, Switzerland Trade & Investment Promotion. (Photo Credit: Switzerland Trade & Investment Promotion.)
Jane Oates, Senators Address Manufacturing Summit; Secretary Oates Asks for Help, Gives Conferees “Homework Assignment”
Minnesota Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken underscored the importance of manufacturing to their home state and to the U. S. Economy at the Manufacturing Summit held November 9 at the Ronald Reagan Center in Washington. Both spoke of the pressing need for high skilled workers as American manufacturing exits the recession.
Assistant Secretary of Labor Jane Oates restated her commitment to apprenticeship and industry credentials in support of manufacturing and asked the conferees for their help. “I’m giving you a homework assignment, said Secretary Oates.
She gave the assignment in three parts. The first was to suggest a Public Ad Campaign about today’s manufacturing jobs, agreeing with other speakers and the conferees that manufacturing and its jobs are not well known by the American public. She said we need to let the community know that manufacturing is a “thinking person’s’ game.
The second request was to solicit strategies in support of small manufacturers. Secretary Oates said she wants to be sure that the publically funded workforce system is doing its job in support of manufacturing.
For the third assignment, she asked “How do we make sure we are touting the earnings in manufacturing?”
AMT President Doug Woods Presents "Manufacturing Mandate" to National Manufacturing Summit
Douglas K. Woods presented a strategy to help rebuild and strengthen the nation’s manufacturing base at the 2010 Manufacturing Summit held Tuesday, November 9th at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC. The Summit was hosted by Think Swiss and co-sponsored by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS). The event featured Swiss and American apprenticeship models and highlighted Green Jobs.
Mr. Woods, President of the Association for Manufacturing Technology, detailed a plan that can effectively coordinate a wide array of policy bodies and technical and support programs. The plan calls for a coordinated manufacturing policy structure that:
• incentivizes innovation and R&D in new products and manufacturing technologies;
• assures the availability of capital;
• increases global competitiveness;
• minimizes structural cost burdens;
• enhances collaboration between government, industry, and academia; and
• builds a better educated and trained “smart force.’
Daily Raffle Winners at the Student Summit at IMTS 2010
One highlight of the NIMS Student Summit at IMTS 2010 was a Daily Raffle which gave students and educators the opportunity to enter to win on of several prizes donated by our generous exhibit companies inside the Career Development Center. Winning entry forms were chosen at random at the end of each day of IMTS and this year we raffled off the following prizes, which were awarded to the students and educators listed below.
• Monday: A Starter Library Set, courtesy of Industrial Press, is awarded to Douglas Irwin of Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical in Red Wing, Minnesota.
• Tuesday: An Apple iPod Touch, courtesy of Tri-Tech Precision Products, is awarded to Instructor Mark Zientek of Toledo Technology Academy in Toledo, Ohio.
• Wednesday: An Apple iPad, courtesy of Sandvik Coromant, is awarded to Diquan Weaver of Austin Polytechnical Academy in Chicago, Illinois.
o Paulina McKinney of Paul Simon Job Corps in Chicago, Illinois. o Robert Nickless of Brandywine High School in Niles, Michigan. o Kaushik Devulapalli of Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois.
o Brad O’Donnell of Brandywine High School in Niles, Michigan. o Jason Williams of Paul Simon Job Corps in Chicago, Illinois. o Wendy Stewart of Paul Simon Job Corps in Chicago, Illinois.
• Friday: A Webcam & Speaker-in-1, courtesy of Siemens PLM Software, is awarded to Andres Rivera-Thompson of Evanston Township High School in Evanston, Illinois.
• Saturday: A Back-to-School Gift Set, courtesy of Seco Tools, is awarded to Erica Haugen of Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana.
NIMS has invited all winners to submit a photo of themselves, so as we receive more we will post these photos on our NIMS Facebook page.
Success! A Look Back at the Student Summit at IMTS 2010
From left to right: Catherine Ross (NIMS); NIMS Board members George Crossland, Bob Skodzinsky, and Brian Davis; Barbara Lumpkin of Chicago Public Schools; Austin Polytechnical Academy student Jeralmie Garmon; NIMS Board member Harry Moser; Principal of Austin Polytechnical Academy Fabby Williams; Dan Swinney of the Chicago Manufacturing Renaissance Council; AMT President Douglas Woods; and NIMS board member Paul Huber.
After months of planning and anticipation, the NIMS Student Summit went off without a hitch at the 2010 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago, Illinois. Thanks to a generous arrangement with AMT, The Association for Manufacturing Technology, groups of educators and students from as far as North Carolina and California were able to attend one of the world’s largest trade shows for the industry. From September 13th through 18th over 9,000 summit attendees took advantage of the opportunity to tour the most impressive assemblage of cutting edge manufacturing technology.
To kick off the Student Summit at IMTS 2010, an official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held on Monday, September 13. Emceed by NIMS Deputy Director Jim Wall, the ceremony included a warm welcome from Douglas K. Woods, President of AMT, followed by brief speeches from Dan Swinney, Executive Director of the Chicago Manufacturing Renaissance Counsel, and Barbara A. Lumpkin, Deputy CEO for External Affairs and Partnerships for Chicago Public Schools, each of whom shared motivational, encouraging words with the Austin Polytechnical Academy students that were present for the ceremony. The ceremony concluded when Jeralmie Garmon of Austin Polytechnical Academy used an oversized pair of scissors to cut the red ribbon and officially inaugurate the 2010 Summit.
Several members of the NIMS Board of Directors were present for the Ribbon Cutting as well, including Paul Huber of COMEX, Harry Moser of GF Agie Charmilles, George Crossland of Crossland Machinery Company, Bob Skodzinsky of Haas Automation HTEC Network, and Brian Davis of Sandvik Coromant Company.
In addition to free admission to the spectacular IMTS show floors spanning all four wings of Chicago’s McCormick Place, Summit attendees were supplied with access to several exclusive areas including the Career Development Center. Upon arriving to the show, groups first attended a brief, yet motivational and memorable orientation program presented by the yellow-outfitted folks at Sandvik Coromant. From there attending groups were given full access to the Career Development Center, where they eagerly took advantage of the time and space to talk with industry professionals and gain insight on skills, careers, and technology.
Exhibiting companies inside the Career Development Center included:
Summit attendees were also encouraged to bring their resumes to submit in our Resume Drop, a unique program in which NIMS sends student resumes to participating companies in industry so they may review the skills and experience the incoming workforce will have to offer. Participating companies included:
• Accu-Precision Tool & Gauge • Agie Charmilles • AJ Rose • BIG Kaiser Precision Tooling, Inc. • CNC Jobs / Trillium Staffing • Criterion Tool & Die • GE Aviation • Hydromat, Inc. • Immersive Engineering, Inc. • INDEX Corporation • KOMET of America, Inc. • Maintenance Service Corp. • Mastercam / CNC Software, Inc. • Planit • REM Sales Tsugami • Seco Tools • Southern Manufacturing Technologies, Inc. • Symbol Job Training, Inc.
New to this year’s event was the Student Summit Lounge, a multi-purpose room for groups to convene throughout their day at IMTS, stop in to eat lunches brought from home, or just to rest their feet after a long day of exploring and learning.
Outside of the Career Development Center, students and educators were encouraged to visit our Student Friendly Exhibitors (SFEs). Scattered across all four wings of the show, SFEs consisted of 48 different organizations who openly welcome students to their booths to learn more about their company and the skills needed to have a career in that particular industry. Student Friendly Exhibitors included:
• Aerotech, Inc. • Agie Charmilles • BIG Kaiser Precision Tooling, Inc. • Bosch Rexroth Corporation • Burr King Mfg. Co. Inc. • Certified Comparator Products • Cutting Tool Engineering Magazine • Delcam • DMG / Mori Seiki • ERIEZ • FANUC Robotics America, Inc. • Fire Trace • Fischer Precise USA • Flow International Corporation • GROB System Inc. • Haas Automation-HTEC Network • Hardinge • Hydromat, Inc. • IGUS, Inc. • INDEX Corporation • Ingersoll Machine Tools Inc. • In-House Solutions • Kennametal • KOMET of America, Inc. • MAG • Mahr Federal Inc. • Maintenance Service Corp. • Marubeni Citizen - Cincom Inc. • Mastercam/CNC Software, Inc. • Mitsui Seiki • National Tooling & Machining Association • OKUMA America • OMAX Corporation • Planit • RAM Optical Instrumentation • REM Sales Tsugami • Sandvik Coromant Co. • Seco Tools, Inc. • Siemens PLM Software • Sodick, Inc. • Southwick & Meister, Inc. • Stratasys Dimension 3D Printers • TCI Precision Metals • The L.S. Starrett Co. • United Grinding Technologies, Inc. • WTO Inc. • Zebra Skimmers Corp. • ZPS America, LLC
Many thanks to AMT and all the exhibitors throughout IMTS and the Career Development Center who made this year’s Student Summit our best to date. We simply could not have accomplished this without your contribution and we hope to see you again at IMTS 2012, where we already plan to offer a bigger, better Summit that will continue to inspire young metalworking students to a prosperous career in manufacturing.
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