The competitive advantage of our shops is the talent and tribal knowledge of our skilled craftsmen and women.

Continuing the education of our top talent is a priority at PMPA’s 2013 National Technical Conference April 14-16 2013.

Certificates will be awarded to attendees of our three certification workshops

  • Gaining Confidence with GD&T
  • CNC Programming Workshop- Macro programming
  • Metallurgy for Machinists

If you want Blah Blah Blah, I suggest you check out Bob Loblaw’s Law Blog here

If however you are interested in advancing the skills, capability, and talent of your people, we can’t think of a more effective way than to bring them to our NTC.

Develop your talent with PMPA's Three Certification Workshops
Develop your talent with PMPA’s Three Certification Workshops

Gary Griffith of Griffith Training has been a highly rated speaker  as well as authority in GD&T at past NTC’s.

Dan Murphy and Ron Gainer of REM Sales  will lead the Macro programming workshop.

Kevin Armanie from Kaiser Aluminum, Bob Drab from Corey Steel and yours truly Miles Free will present the Metallurgy for Machinists session.

Hope to see you, and more importantly, your best people at our NTC in Columbus.

Speakers and sessions


Dan’s comments were a response he shared with PMPA members regarding the charge of one talking head on last week’s 60 Minutes that ‘there is no Skills Gap… industry would have skilled workers if we only paid higher wages.’

Guest Post by Dan Murphy, REM Sales

Part of the problem is that nowadays most of the manual labor has been automated out of manufacturing processes.When you had a large pool of unskilled workers performing simple tasks, a company could find the hard working person that had math skills and mechanical aptitude and put them into an apprenticeship program and that person could advance. Today companies need to find that person right out of the box which is very difficult to do.

There are some people that will never be good at math, and the more time I spend in this business, I truly believe that mechanical aptitude is genetic. You either have it or you don’t, and it can’t be taught. Perhaps the solution is to recruit seniors from high schools. There is a standardized test for mechanical aptitude and I think that test, administered along with something like the Predictive Index and a math test, would yield better candidates.

At the end of the day, no school is going to give you a guy that can hit the ground running on an eight-axis Swiss, or be able to set up and troubleshoot a multispindle cam automatic. Companies still have to develop employees with those skills and offer continuous training to keep their employees skill set up to date. Raising wages alone does not create great machinists. Aptitude, attitude, talent, training, and experience do.

These do not arrive by merely raising wages. Higher wages are a reflection of these in an employee.

Just boosting wages will not magically (nor immediately) create 8 axis qualified machinists.

We need to create a pipeline of talent for our machining craft. Working in conjunction with local community colleges is an ideal way to help take some of the training burden off of small companies. But we have to get involved so that the school gives us what we  need in our workforce today.

I just returned from a trip to China. China is different than I imagined.

I was surprised by the number of big American and European cars on the roads. And the factory I visited was world class.

The companies in China are doing plenty of training too. they do because they need machinists too.

It’s not about raising wages. It’s about finding talent and providing training.

As a company, we have always been willing to share our training materials with our customers.

Surprisingly few ask for it.