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Key Elements of a State Skills Strategy


By: Christina M. Fuges 2. July 2015

The second of a four-part educational webinar series from MMT, answering the question: What are the Most Effective Ways to Fill the Skills Gap?  aired last month and is now available for download.  The webinar focuses on an Industry-Driven Approach to Manufacturing Education to Fill the Skills Gap: Key Elements of a State Skills Strategy.

This webinar spotlighted The Michigan Advanced Technician Training program (MAT²®), which is an innovative and industry-defined approach to education. The model was developed in conjunction with global technology leaders that combines theory, practice and work to train a globally competitive workforce. Watch video on the program here.

The presenter was Ryan Hundt, a Project Coordinator with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Talent Enhancement unit, working primarily with college retention initiatives and partnership outreach.

Some of the questions raised during the dicussion include:

1) I understand that companies have to pay the tuition fee to the community college over three years. Does this tuition fee cover just credit hours, or does it also cover things like materials, books, supplies, etc.?

2) What happens if a student quits or is fired at any point during the program?

3) What happen if a student decides to leave during the 2-year commitment after they complete the program? (can be coincided with Question 2, since the answer is almost exactly the same).

4) Does the employer have to have a company-designated individual on hand with the students during the work periods, to serve as a mentor?

5) Are there any other occupational areas that MAT2 may expand to in the future?

To hear the answers, listen to the archived webinar here

The next webinar in the series will be: 

September 3, 2015

Getting Real about Manufacturing Education to Fill the Skills Gap: Key Elements of a Local Teaching Strategy

Craig Ceigleski, Cardinal Manufacturing and Jacob Hostettler, Northwoods Manufacturing

Click here to register.

VIDEOS: Manufacturing Matters: Help Spread the Word


By: Christina M. Fuges 30. June 2015

Those of us involved in manufacturing know how innovative, high-tech and fulfilling a career in this industry can be, but we need to spread the word to attract and retain that next generation of skilled workers. One way to do just that is video. To support this effort Gardner Business Media and its partners are commited to educating and promoting professional opportunties in manufacturing today with the Manufacturing Education video series initiative. You can help spread the word by sharing these video resources with your local community, high school students, parents, educators and industry to grow and train the next-generation workforce, while driving interest and awareness in manufacturing.

Manufacturing Education Series

Volume #1:  Does This Teacher Have the Winning Formula? 

Volume #2:  Meet a Manufacturing Engineer

Volume #3:  What Is It Like To Study Manufacturing? 

To learn more about the Manufacturing Education Series, visit:

 

MoldMaking Matters Series

Volume #1:  Your Career Can Make A Difference

* NEW Volume #2:  Your Road To Success 

Presented by: MoldMaking Technology, Plastics Technology, Gardner Business Media, The American Mold Builders Association, SPI – The Plastics Industry Association, The Society of Plastics Engineers and Creative Technology

 

Another Moldmaking Resource


By: Christina M. Fuges 25. June 2015

I'm always on the hunt for leads and new sources of moldmaking information like The Tool and Die Guy I posted about a couple years ago. I came across this latest one while milling around on the social media scene. It is called the MoldmakingResource.com. It was created by Randy Hough, who has worked as a plastic injection moldmaker for more than 30 years and has seen moldmaking transform from a garage shop start-up into a highly technical complex operation. His mission is to provide real-life, useful tips, advice and how-to information that will enable the moldmaker to perform his task more efficiently and accurately. The site's emphasis is on user-created content, as well as tutorials and calculators. Check it out here, and perhaps you have something to share. Plus, they posted a link to our MoldMaking Matters: Your Career Can Make a Difference video! (a link right above the headline about Wire EDM).

 

Best Practices for Mold Cleaning


By: Christina M. Fuges 23. June 2015

Mold maintenance is a big part of the mold manufacturing process. So much so, it is part of MoldMaking Technology's tagline: Engineer, Build, Maintain. Toolrooms across the globe are faced with mold dilemnas that can often be avoided with a little TLC, namely proper mold cleaning. I came across some very useful mold cleaning tips from Slide Products that I'd like to share.

These fall into the following five categories: (1) heat can help or hurt the process as various cleaning solvents have different characteristics and work differently at different temperatures; (2) there is a wide variety of cleaner formulations with varying characteristics; (3) the requirements of offline cleaners are primarily to dissolve resins, grease, oil, mold release and sometimes rust; (4) use a mold polish/cleaning compound; and (5) online cleaners are used to remove mold release build up, plate out of resins and light rusting of the mold while it is still warm and in the press. For more on each of these five items click here.

For an end user approach to mold maintenance, read a March 2015 MMT article by John Berg, Marketing Director from MGS Mfg. that outlines their systematic approach to mold cleaning.

Webinar: Copper Alloys for Injection, Thermoform and Blow Molds


By: Christina M. Fuges 19. June 2015

Materion Performance Alloys has worked with MMT over the years providing technical content on a variety of mold material issues, including common mistakes with copper alloy usage and copper alloy classes. That education continues tomorrow, June 23 at 2pm EST when MoldMaking Technology hosts a webinar by Materion that will review the strengths and weaknesses of the copper alloys used in plastic molding today.

Topics will include: how copper alloys differ from steel in plastic molding,  how copper alloys can improve the plastic molding process and characteristics of copper alloys versus steel.

Register here today.

 

 

 




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