Tooling U-SME Webinar Showcase: The Additive Farm - Growing Towards Production

  • Date: May 12, 2021
  • Posted by:Chad Schron, Senior Director, Tooling U-SME

Several decades ago GM built a rapid prototyping additive manufacturing lab but it wasn’t until the late 2010s that the company created a single, cross-functional additive manufacturing team. Coincidentally, the team came together just before the COVID-19 pandemic struck allowing GM to quickly pivot. Read how GM paved the way for extended use of additive manufacturing technology in their automotive realm — leading to savings of weight, time and money. Read More.

Dixon Valve Builds Robust Workforce Development Program

  • Date: May 07, 2021
  • Posted by:Sue Mueller, Senior Workforce Development Strategist, Tooling U-SME

We recently caught up with our friends at Dixon Valve. Working with the Maryland Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MD MEP), Dixon created a comprehensive competency-based apprenticeship program that, in turn, inspired a company-wide focus on workforce development. Read More.

New Certification Introduces Basic Manufacturing Concepts for Entry-Level Job Candidates

  • Date: April 28, 2021
  • Posted by:Gretchen Schultz, Director of Workforce Development, Tooling U-SME

The need for entry-level workers in manufacturing has never been greater. Nationally, manufacturing jobs are expected to grow by 16.8% over the next five years, and more than one-third of those jobs will be entry-level. Yet, employers are struggling to find qualified candidates who possess the basic manufacturing knowledge needed for these positions. Read More.

Extended Reality Technologies in Manufacturing Training

  • Date: March 25, 2021
  • Posted by:Chad Schron, Senior Director, Tooling U-SME

Extended reality (XR) technologies — including mixed, virtual and augmented reality applications in manufacturing — are poised to change the way we work. They’re also changing the way businesses train their employees, a topic that’s explored in an on-demand Tooling U-SME webinar, “Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality in Manufacturing Training Solutions.” Read More.

4 Ways to Successfully Train the Next Generation Workforce in Manufacturing

  • Date: February 19, 2021
  • Posted by:John Hindman, Director of Learning Services, Tooling U-SME

This blog is the last in a three-part series featuring highlights from Tooling U-SME’s new white paper, “Solving the Talent Challenge: Millennials and Gen Z in the Workforce from a Manufacturer’s Perspective.” Read More.

Dual Enrollment Provides Students with Career Head Start

  • Date: February 08, 2021
  • Posted by:Gretchen Schultz, Director of Workforce Development, Tooling U-SME

Back in October, community college presidents and school superintendents met virtually at a meeting organized by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and The School Superintendents Association (AASA) to discuss college and career readiness. Read More.

7 Tips for Working with Millennials and Gen Z

  • Date: February 01, 2021
  • Posted by:John Hindman, Director of Learning Services, Tooling U-SME

Understanding employees and accepting generational differences have always been important elements of success for manufacturers. But for the past decade or so, these efforts have been focused on millennials. And as millennials are moving into leadership roles, attention is turning to Gen Z. Read More.

A Look Ahead: Technology Accelerates Manufacturing Process and Learning Process

  • Date: January 26, 2021
  • Posted by:Jeannine Kunz, Vice President, Tooling U-SME

It’s been just about a year since COVID-19 arrived, disrupting the world as we knew it. The manufacturing industry, along with all others, scrambled to adapt and persevere.
 
While the challenges are not over, I deeply admire the fortitude and creativity of the industry.  At the same time, I’m not surprised; an adaptable, innovative spirit has been the hallmark of manufacturing from the beginning. Read More.

Solving the Manufacturing Talent Challenge with Millennials and Gen Z

  • Date: January 21, 2021
  • Posted by:John Hindman, Director of Learning Services, Tooling U-SME

The bad news is the manufacturing skills gap is looming, threatening manufacturing’s future. The good news is we have the potential human resources — millennials and Gen Z — to solve it. But in order to attract these younger generations to manufacturing careers — and to train and retain them — we first need to understand them. Read More.

The Best of SMX: Accelerating Workforce Performance

  • Date: January 06, 2021
  • Posted by:Denise Ball, Regional Client Executive and Workforce Development Specialist, Tooling U-SME

I recently had the privilege of presenting at The Best of SMX on the topic of “Accelerating Workforce Performance Through Learning and Development Best Practices.” It was exciting to be part of a virtual event where industry thought leaders shared insights into the opportunities and challenges manufacturers face as they transform their operations with advanced digital technologies. Read More.

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