High schools aren’t graduating people with skills that can add value in your shop.

Lorain County Community College is!

LCCC Fab Lab- Year of the Dragon was a great CAM project for their students.

From my encounters in retail with recent graduates,  just making change without a cash register is a difficult task.

Let alone using the Pythagorean Theorem to control geometry, runout, and cosine error.

Four year college graduates lack the skills we need in our shops more often than not.

Nothing wrong with being able to quote Yeats, but does it pay as much as being able to set up and operate this equipment?

Yet we have openings for people with skills.

Last night, 26 Northern Ohio Chapter members of the PMPA attended an open house of the advanced manufacturing labs at Lorain County Community College:

  • CAD Lab
  • Fab Lab
  • CNC Machining Lab
  • Welding Lab
  • Computer Integrated Manfacturing Lab
  • Manual Machining Lab

Our attendees were impressed with the equipment; they were quite impressed by the instructors.

They were delighted to sense the confidence, understanding, and capability shown by the students at work in the labs.

We may not know where the entire skilled workforce for our precision industry will come from, but we know  some local programs where we can find some skilled technicians.

The Nord Advanced Technologies Center at LCCC.

And the Entrepreneurship Innovation Institute at LCCC.

It’s never good to be unemployed, but the irony of being unemployed on Labor Day is particularly frustrating.

Happy Labor Day???

What frustrates me,  and many of the small business owners in the precision machining industry that I know, is that there are job openings for people with skills.

Listen for the following from a shop owner in the video link below:

“It is so difficult to find  skilled toolmakers and machinists, whether we had an opening or not, we would take them.”

Businesses Struggle To Find Employees

If you have math and problem solving skills, can gain understanding by  doing, watching and thinking, and want to have the satisfaction of making things that make a difference on people’s lives- like anti lock brake parts, or medical device components, or critical pieces for “Anything that goes”- I respectfully suggest that you check out the precision machining program at your local community college.

We need skilled people to operate todays advanced manufacturing equipment-get trained!

If you do I  sincerely believe that you will be celebrating Labor Day differently next year.

To find a  Machinist Training Program near you  just type in the phrase ” Precision Machining Community Colleges”  or “Machinist Training”  and the state you live in to get started on your way to celebrating Labor Day next year.

Disclaimer: I have personal experience with a certificate program  from Lorain County Community College– I know this pathway works because it worked for me! (I was in Quality Control Program.)

More info  here and here

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