Lessons from FABTECH

  • Date: November 10, 2017
  • Posted by:Jeannine Kunz, Vice President, Tooling U-SME

FABTECH 2017 has come to an end, closing out a year of great manufacturing industry events for SME. Tens of thousands of people converged on McCormick Place in Chicago for the annual event, which showcased the latest products, developments, and solutions in metal forming, fabricating, welding, and finishing.

Over the years, we’ve all witnessed manufacturing’s ups and downs and certainly the challenges being faced by the industry. But today, we see renewed faith in the sector’s renaissance, and the biggest reason for so much optimism lies with advanced manufacturing technology. Read More.

Why Educators Need to Stay Ahead of the Curve

  • Date: November 02, 2017
  • Posted by:Craig McAtee

Today, we welcome Craig McAtee, Executive Director, National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers (NCATC), strategic partner and consultant for Tooling U-SME in Workforce and Education Development.

The idea that only manufacturers need to stay current with the emerging trends in advanced technology for their industry is a misnomer. As a pipeline to manufacturers, the workforce education community also must stay ahead of the technical education curve to meet the current and future demands for the next generation of workers along with upskilling the incumbent workforce. Read More.

Are You Part of the Industrial Evolution?

  • Date: October 25, 2017
  • Posted by:John Hindman, Director of Learning and Performance Improvement, Tooling U-SME

What will manufacturing look like in five years? Ten years?

Attend FABTECH in November to find out. With more than 1,700 exhibitors spread out over 750,000 square feet of space and 500 new products, advanced technology will be at the forefront of this year's show—in state-of-the-art machinery, trendsetting sessions, and even a new pavilion dedicated to 3D/Additive Manufacturing.

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Q&A #2: How to Build a High-Performance Workforce

  • Date: October 24, 2017
  • Posted by:John Hindman, Director of Learning and Performance Improvement, Tooling U-SME

We recently posted Part #1 of this Q&A series about how to build a high-performance workforce using a competency-based training and development program. As we noted, world-class companies outperform others in large part because they manage and train their workforces differently.

So how do they do that? Today, we continue providing answers to frequently asked questions on that topic. What other questions do you have about building your skilled workforce…and your business?

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Q&A: How to Build a High-Performance Workforce

  • Date: October 18, 2017
  • Posted by:John Hindman, Director of Learning and Performance Improvement, Tooling U-SME

From our many decades in the manufacturing industry, we can tell you that world-class companies outperform others in large part because they manage and train their workforces differently.

We get a lot of questions about how they do it. In a two-part blog series, we are sharing some of the frequently asked ones — along with answers. We hope this Q&A inspires you to build a high-performing workforce using a competency-based training and development program.

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Knowledge Is Power – Wisdom Through Education

  • Date: October 11, 2017
  • Posted by:Larry Autry

Today, we welcome Larry Autry, Instructor at Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Ripley (TCAT-Ripley) one of the technical colleges that partners with Tooling U-SME to train the technology experts of the future.

As a technical college instructor from the small town of Ripley, Tennessee, my goal is to be able to train every student, taking them to the point where they can go out into the world and make a difference for themselves and their employers. Technology is rapidly changing, and my students need to have an edge to survive and compete.

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SWAG Apprenticeship Model: A Collaborative Approach

  • Date: October 02, 2017
  • Posted by:Jeannine Kunz, Vice President, Tooling U-SME

At WESTEC recently, I heard a lot about workforce challenges, especially about the widening gap between people and technology. Yes, retiring baby boomers and lack of a pipeline are concerns, but changing technology is becoming the number one driver of the skills gap.

One growing solution is apprenticeship programs. But, as we discussed on the Apprenticeship: A Collaborative Approach panel that I moderated, they look very different than 50 years ago.

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Combatting Consolidation: Tips to Ensure Maximum Cross-Selling Success

  • Date: September 21, 2017
  • Posted by:David Mack

When companies merge, they often tout an increased footprint and ability to drive product sales across a wider geography as a key advantage. This ability to cross-sell products and services allows the company to sell more, increase market share and minimize the competition.

In theory, the activity known as “cross selling” is a real benefit – unfortunately, when it comes to execution, companies often run into challenges. Executives have high expectations, but at the field level, there is no owner’s manual that directs how to seamlessly consolidate two sales operations.

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Simulated Workplace: Students Get Back to Work

  • Date: September 12, 2017
  • Posted by:Gretchen Schultz

This fall, students are getting back to school…and work.

Focused on career-readiness, many educators have created simulated workplaces right in the classroom to provide students with real-life experience to help them prepare for good jobs in manufacturing.

What is a simulated workplace? With the help of local manufacturers, schools transform classrooms into companies. These in-school businesses solicit work, prepare estimates and complete projects for customers.

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See You at WESTEC?

  • Date: September 07, 2017
  • Posted by:Jeannine Kunz, Vice President, Tooling U-SME

Who’s headed to L.A. next week for WESTEC? With a focus on the future of manufacturing technology and the workforce, you bet we’ll be there!

In fact, Tooling U-SME is presenting a series of workforce development & training sessions and we hope you can join us.

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