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Guest post by Robin Rutschilling,  Clippard Instrument Laboratory, Inc.
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I am sitting at my desk preparing my day and this thought came to me, who trained you?
My mentors go back to the 1970’s working with my father in his sawmill which helped develop my work ethic and safety awareness.
As I progress 35 years I think about the key contributors along the way Tom Nelson, Lee Fuller, Bill Clippard and Bob Clippard….. the question that I am having trouble answering today is- Who am I training and am I helping people as much as my mentors helped me?
This morning, I am going to our local high school for a trades competition.

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Our shops need talent.
These students have worked diligently with their instructors and volunteers (mentors) to prepare for this competition.
I am thinking about what many of our shops need,  and  what they think about this young talent waiting to be guided in our shops.  And even more importantly, what are they doing to develop their talent?
The  first two things that come to my mind are Training and Education.
The PMPA’s  Technical Program Committee has put together a program for our National Technical Conference that is focused on Training and Education!
This year’s conference is in Indianapolis April 5-8 and is going to be full of opportunities to TRAIN and EDUCATE our staffs. It is important to get your rooms booked by March 5th to take advantage of the $149 room rate. The prices will go up on March 6.
I am challenging myself to meet everyone in attendance at this conference. I would love to hear how you have been mentored and how you are making an impact on the people around you. Networking is part of the conference that I have gained the most from.
Who trained You?
Who mentored You?
Who are you training?
Who are you mentoring?
If you love Manufacturing as I do, you will have answers to these four questions.
“Education, mentorship and experience will take mediocre and make them good; will make  the good great; and make the great world class!”- David Thuro

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