That Next Generation: Achieving Results, Retention and Reasonable Expectations

  • Date: November 29, 2018
  • Posted by:Denise Ball, Regional Client Executive and Workforce Development Specialist, Tooling U-SME

Everyone’s talking about the manufacturing skills gap, and many are saying: “There are not enough skilled trained workers.” “My workforce bench is retiring and taking their knowledge with them.” “I don’t have the resources or patience to deal with training this new generation!”

Let’s face it, the problems are not going away. One solution is to change the way manufacturers are thinking about the future and about the generation that can help them pave the way to success. Read More.

Industry-Education Partnerships Help Solve the Manufacturing Skills Gap

  • Date: November 13, 2018
  • Posted by:Jeannine Kunz, Chief Workforce Development Officer, SME

Emerging technologies and partnerships were the overarching theme at this year’s National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers’ (NCATC) recent 30 th-anniversary conference. Smart Manufacturing, Industry 4.0 and work-based learning were catalysts for discussions about training a new generation, bringing trainers up-to-speed with new technology and providing manufacturers with flexible solutions for workforce education. Read More.

A journey of personal continuous improvement through Lean Certification

  • Date: November 06, 2018
  • Posted by:Chad Vincent, Director of Lean Manufacturing, American Railcar Industries

Chad Vincent is the director of lean manufacturing for American Railcar Industries (ARI) in Saint Charles, Missouri, where he leads the Lean Enterprise Program for the organization. He is a Certified Quality Engineer (CQE), Certified Reliability Engineer (CRE), Certified Manager of Quality/Operational Excellence (CMQ/OE), Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB), and is Lean Bronze Certified (LBC), Lean Silver Certified (LSC) and Lean Gold Certified (LGC). In this guest blog post, he reflects on his personal lean journey. Read More.