NIMS Issues 25,000th Credential at the U.S. Department of Labor Ceremony
Assistant Secretary Jane Oates awards Magna Apprentice Darryl Robinson with a NIMS Milling Level II credential, the 25,000th in NIMS history, at the U.S. Department of Labor building in Washington, DC.
Washington, DC -- At a September 7th ceremony at the Department of Labor, Assistant Secretary for Employment Training Jane Oates presented the NIMS Milling Level II credential to Darryl Robinson, a registered apprentice from the Magna Baltimore Technical Training Center. This marks the 25,000th credential issued by NIMS since being founded in 1995. Also present at the ceremony were NIMS Excutive and Deputy Directors Stephen C. Mandes and James Wall, Administrator for the Department of Labor's Employment & Training Adminstration's Office of Apprenticeship John Ladd, Magna Training Program Director Sharon Snow, Baltimore Technical Training Center Manager Paul Myles, and Techincal Training Instructor Montez King.
In 2005 Magna International established the Baltimore Technical Training Center, which now boasts a NIMS Competency-Based Registered Apprenticeship Program. Technical instruction is delivered by Magna, while related instruction is provided through a partnership with the Community College of Baltimore County.
Front row, left to right: Darryl Robinson, Paul Myles, Sharon Show, & Montez King Back row, left to right: John Ladd, Stephen C. Mandes, & Assistant Secretary Jane Oates
Haas Automation & Vincennes University Team Up at the NIMS Student Summit at IMTS 2010
Two of the nation’s premier organizations, Haas Automation and Vincennes University, will join forces in the Career Development Center at the NIMS Student Summit at IMTS.
They will be announcing the new Haas Technical Education Center CNC Teacher Training Programs which will begin in early 2011. These programs will be held at Vincennes new ICAT (Indiana Center for Applied Technology) Facility. The ICAT Facility will have its formal Grand Opening on October 27, 2010 and the event will be open to the public, however registration is required.
"We are extremely excited about this new education initiative being launched at Vincennes University and the value and resources it will bring to CNC teachers around North America" said Bob Skodzinsky, Manager of the Haas Technical Education Center Network.
Sandvik Coromant to kick off Student Summit at IMTS 2010
We are very excited to announce that Sandvik Coromant is returning to be a major sponsor at the NIMS Student Summit at IMTS 2010 in Chicago, September 13th - 18th. Following up on a successful collaboration at the Student Summit at IMTS 2008, the men and women in their trademark yellow coats will be the first employer students encounter upon entering the Career Development Center at IMTS.
Students will be given a brief IMTS orientation by NIMS staff before Sandvik representatives step in to give a fantastic video orientation, focusing on the many ways precision machining (and particularly cutting tools) effect our day to day lives. From there students will exit the Orientation Theatres to be greeted by the Sandvik SmartHub, where students can speak one-on-one with Sandvik representatives about the latest technology and the necessary skills for a career in their industry.
Other features of the Student Summit include:
--Student Friendly Exhibitors throughout IMTS
--Nineteen engaging and interactive exhibits inside the Career Development Center, including hands-on demonstrations, video presentations, and even a 1960's Plymouth Barracuda that's been converted to run on electricity!
--New job listings and a resume drop box inside the Career Development Center
E.J. Ajax & Sons, Inc. Wins 2010 North American Safety Award of Honor
The following is a press release distributed by the Precision Metalforming Association. For more information, please contact Christie Carmigiano at (216) 901-8800 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CLEVELAND, OH - August 27, 2010 - E.J. Ajax & Sons, Inc., Fridley, MN, has received the 2010 North American Metal Forming Industry Award of Honor for Safety as part of the Precision Metalforming Association’s (PMA’s) Awards of Excellence in Metalforming. The company’s safety program has yielded outstanding results as E.J. Ajax has gone more than 20 years without a lost-time incident and more than seven years without an OSHA-recordable incident.
At E.J. Ajax, personal safety is valued above everything else. Every new hire is provided with safety gear that includes safety glasses (prescription if necessary), a $200 pair of work boots with full metatarsal protection and ear protection. Workers who handle sharp metal pieces also wear elbow-length Kevlar gauntlets. All safety equipment is replaced at company expense when needed—no questions asked.
The safety culture is strictly enforced: one violation within a 12-month period warrants a verbal warning, the second is put in writing, and the third results in a one-day paid decision-making leave, when the employee is sent home to decide whether he/she can follow safety policies. If not, termination results.
The enforcement of safety policies includes random drug testing for all company employees, including office employees and officers.
Employees are encouraged to participate in the safety process. Safety training is continuous with a minimum of 10 hours per employee annually. Over the last 10 years, workers have documented an average of 200 process improvement suggestions per year; one-third have been safety-related, and the majority of those suggestions have been implemented. Workers also have total authority to shut down any machine or operation at any time if they question its safety.
The company’s safety program has many unique elements, including a wellness program with ergonomics professionals making site visits twice per year as well as every time the company defines a new manufacturing job. An incentive program rewards employee safety with annual bonuses equal to half of the company’s savings from low workers’ compensation rates.
E.J. Ajax was one of the first companies in Minnesota to tie its apprenticeship training to the NIMS Level I Metalforming Skills credential. Industrial safety and environmental protection is one of six sets of occupational duties that comprise NIMS Level I. All of the company’s employees have earned this credential, which requires a physical demonstration and written examination of safety knowledge. E.J. Ajax also has a strong partnership with Minnesota OSHA, as it was the first metal stamping company in the state to achieve OSHA’s Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) designation.
As a result of E.J. Ajax’s successes, the company has received numerous awards, including the Minnesota Safety Council Governor’s Award of Honor for plant safety for 16 consecutive years. It also was named one of the Top Ten Safest Companies in America in 2007.
More than 50 Metal Forming Companies from as far away as Puerto Rico and Canada have toured E.J. Ajax since 2000 to learn about their safety culture first hand.
The Safety Award is one of eight Awards of Excellence in Metalforming presented annually by PMA. Sponsored by Pitcher Insurance Agency, Chicago, IL, the award acknowledges either an effective comprehensive safety program or a specific innovative idea in the context of an effective safety program. Along with recognition in industry publications and at events, E.J. Ajax & Sons will receive a $1,500 cash prize that will be donated to the Hennepin Technical College Foundation Scholarship Fund.
PMA is the full-service trade association representing the $113-billion metal-forming industry of North America—the industry that creates precision metal products using stamping, fabricating, spinning, slide forming and roll forming technologies, and other value-added processes. Its nearly 1,000 member companies also include suppliers of equipment, materials and services to the industry. PMA leads innovative member companies toward superior competitiveness and profitability through advocacy, networking, statistics, the PMA Educational Foundation, FABTECH and METALFORM tradeshows, andMetalForming magazine.
Editor’s Note: Information on PMA’s Awards of Excellence in Metalforming is available at www.pma.org.
RCBI Director and CEO Charlotte Weber welcomes guests to the Commencement Ceremony. Photo courtesy of Martin Spears, RCBI.
On Tuesday, August 10th NIMS Accreditation Director Catherine Ross had the pleasure of presenting an accreditation plaque at the Robert C. Byrd Institute Commencement Ceremony. Held at the Bridgeport campus, the ceremony celebrated the Machinist Technology Program Class of 2010, which included twenty-two talented men.
Speakers at the ceremony included, in the order of occurrence:
• RCBI Director and CEO Charlotte Weber • RCBI Machinist Technology Program Class of 2007 Graduate Ben Grose • Bruce Davis of Kanawha Manufacturing and Vice Chairman of the RCBI Industry Advisory Board • NIMS Accreditation Director Catherine Ross • Mark Carter of Swanson Industries and Chairman of the RCBI Industry Advisory Board • West Virginia Department of Commerce Cabinet Secretary and Executive Director of West Virginia Development Office Kelly Goes
Members of the RCBI Industry Advisory Board accept a plaque containing their official letter of re-accreditation. Standing, left to right: Bruce Davis, Charlotte Weber, Catherine Ross, and Mark Carter. Photo courtesy of Martin Spears, RCBI.
Prior to the presentation of certificates to program graduates, Ms. Ross said a few words on just how impressive the Machinist Technology Program is, stating that RCBI is among the best of the best. The accreditation plaque represented the official re-accreditation of both the Bridgeport and Rocket Center campuses, both of which, when combined with the Huntington campus, have earned more than 500 credentials since 2004. Wow!
NIMS applauds RCBI on their recent re-accreditations and wishes the very best to the Class of 2010!