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The Oil and Marcellus Industry is Looking for Trained Welders

As the oil and Marcellus industry grows and new plants are being built, like the $6 billion Shell Ethane Cracker plant in Potter Township, Beaver County, PA, the demand for trained welders is steadily growing in our area. According to CareerLink, it is estimated that Shell will need to hire roughly 3,000-4,000 welders during the […]

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PMI receives $150K grant to improve manufacturing training programs

Meadville Tribune – May 12, 2018 Reprint Precision Manufacturing Institute will receive a $150,000 grant to improve its manufacturing training programs, Gov. Tom Wolf announced Friday. The grant from the Pennsylvania Manufacturing Training-to-Career program will enable PMI to add more advanced trainings and place an additional focus on employability skills that prospective workers need to […]

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Pneumatics & Hydraulics Systems Training at PMI

At PMI, as part of our Electro-Mechanical Technology coursework, the Fluid Power Technology course covers pneumatics and hydraulic systems to help prepare students for careers in the world of mechanics and automation.

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PLC Automation and Robotics at PMI

As the need for automation across many industries grows, so do the opportunities for jobs working in the mechanical and automation industries. PMI is recognizing this growth by offering an Electro-Mechanical Technology program to students who are looking for a career in these and other related industries.

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Drydock Shipyard Welding

The welding field offers a wide range of job options in Western, Pa and the surrounding areas. Because welding is a very versatile skill, it can be used across many industries such as manufacturing, construction, and shipbuilding. This versatility allows welders to go wherever the job opportunities are available.

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CNC Operator to CNC Machinist: Bridging the Gap

If you’re considering a career in the manufacturing industry, you’ve surely seen a lot of training programs, job posts, and other sources that refer to “CNC operators” and “CNC machinists”—and you’re probably wondering how these two titles/positions differ.

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Get Hands-On Experience with Industry-Leading Machines at PMI

In order to get a job of any type, you’ve got to have knowledge and skill in the particular field or industry to which you are applying. And if you want to stand out from the other applicants, you’ve also got to have experience. But experience can be hard to come by if you’re new […]

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You Might Be an Electro-Mechanical Technician If…

Do you like to work with your hands? Are you good at building things like models, do-it-yourself kits, and puzzles? Have you ever taken something apart just to see how it works, or just to put it back together again? Do your friends and family come to you whenever something needs fixed or assembled? Have […]

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Shell’s Beaver County Cracker Plant Needs Welders

In November 2017, Shell Chemicals officially began construction of its newest ethane cracker plant in Potter Township, Beaver County, PA. The $6 billion project is expected to be finished in 2021 and promises to bring hundreds of jobs to the area both before and after its completion—and one of those jobs could be yoursif you’ve got […]

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Women in the Welding Industry

In the field of welding, available jobs tend to exceed the number of qualified people to fill them. In fact, welding ranked among one of the hardest-to-fill jobs in a recent IndustryWeek’s Salary survey. In those participating in the survey, 67 percent of respondents cite a struggle to fill a recent position due to the […]

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More Women Than Ever are Becoming CNC Machinists

The manufacturing industry offers many good jobs, with steady work and competitive salaries. However, when many think of manufacturing jobs, the image of women does not often come to mind. In fact, women have played a prime role in manufacturing, when Rosie the Riveter represented women in the manufacturing industry during the 1940’s.

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Becoming A CNC Machinist: What Skills And Knowledge Will Help You On The Way

People with CNC training are in demand from employers seeking qualified CNC machinists. Having CNC machinist training from a licensed and accredited school like Precision Manufacturing Institute (PMI) can help you to achieve your goals for your future.

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Celebrating 30 Years!

Established as the National Institute of Flexible Manufacturing (NIFM) in 1987 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit, the institute was the brainchild of Harold Corner – co-founder of C&J Industries – and other local industry leaders who, simply put, wanted to upgrade their employees’ skills. Then in the 1980’s and 90’s the manufacturing field saw a shift […]

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CNC Operating Safety Tips

Whether you are tinkering around with a small CNC machine in your personal workshop or your operating one professionally at a machine shop, the first rule of thumb is always safety first! CNC, or Computer Numerical Control, are machines that require a trained operator to avoid injury to themselves or those around them. From the […]

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Which States Pay the Most for CNC Machine Operators.

As some of America’s economy remains embedded in farming and manufacturing, other states are at the forefront of medical advancements, aeronautics and computer technology. As a CNC Machinist, or Operator, you can be a part of it all. Our economy strongly relies on Computer Numerical Control Machinists (CNC) because machinists are responsible for producing mechanical […]

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Make Yourself a CNC Expert Through Training

If you live in the State of Pennsylvania, now is the time to consider a career in machining! In fact, if you live anywhere near the Tri-State area, we’re talking about a chock-full of opportunities in many manufacturing industries including:

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Becoming a Metal Fabricator Through Welding Training

If you live in anywhere near Pittsburgh and Erie, PA or even Cleveland OH, you are witnessing firsthand how each city’s urban development and city planning teams are changing the landscapes and waterfronts of the areas around you. Acres of unused shorelines, suffering neighborhoods, and aging commercial areas are being transformed and revitalized into multi-purpose […]

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Best Places for Welders to Work. Hint: Pennsylvania and Ohio Make the Cut!

If you are working towards earning your welding certificate, you may be wondering which states have the most opportunity for Certified Welders. In 2016, the U.S. Bureau of Statistics reported there were 397,900 welders, cutters, solderers and brazers working successful jobs across the United States. And with innovation and technology found at every corner, it […]

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Employment through Education: Soft Skills for Better Employees

Many think learning the specific skills for a chooses profession is all you need to be successful in your workplace. If you want to become a chef you go to culinary school. If you want to become a welder, you go to welding school. While there are precise instructions, or hard skills, deemed necessary in […]

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Electric Arc Welding: Your Future is Bright

Chicago Bridge & Iron Works Arc Welder Dan Stearns is a great example of how PMI can catapult you into a career of electric arc welding. A 2015 PMI Electric Arc Welding graduate, Dan began the PMI program following his graduation from Titusville Area High School. After high school he began working as a welder […]

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Electro-Mechanical Technology Professional Outlook

Electro-Mechanical Technicians have one of the most versatile jobs in their field. In a world of mechanics and robotics, nearly all industries require their knowledge and with an average annual salary of about $53,000, the career is quite an attractive one. What do they do?   Electro-Mechanical Technicians are specialists in their field. They combine […]

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What is the Work Environment Like for an Electro-Mechanical Technician?

Electro-Mechanical technicians utilize their knowledge of machine-driven technology and electronic circuits to operate, test and maintain automated and robotic equipment. Depending on the industry you work, a day in the life of an Electro-Mechanical Technician may consist of:

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Fun Facts About Welding

Believe it or not, welding dates back to 4000 B.C. when the Egyptians began hammering copper and bronze into swords. During the Middle Ages, blacksmiths were forging fences, gates, farming equipment, and armor, and by the Industrial Revolution the world saw the development of the railroads, steam engine, airplane, automobile, assembly line and skyscraper. Cities […]

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The Future is Bright for Machinists

Contrary to popular belief, working in a trade is on the upswing for 2017. As technology continues to advance and we rely more on electronic devices, machines, and automation, industries like manufacturing, medicine and aerospace make today’s Machinist an attractive investment to a modern-day employer.

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Job outlook for Electro-Mechanical Technicians in 2017

In November, we discussed PMI’s Mechatronics Technology program. As 2016 comes to a close, let’s take a closer look at industry averages and the opportunities that lay ahead for Electro-Mechanical Technicians in 2017.

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CNC Training Tips

Training Tips from PMI For those that are interested in a career as a CNC machinist it is important to know that training doesn’t end after you have completed your CNC degree program. The CNC machinist role is one in which learning will continue throughout your career with new advancements in technology and new techniques […]

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What is Electro Mechanical Technology Training?

Electro Mechanical Technology – Training for the Future of Manufacturing In today’s global economy it is impossible to escape the need for computer-based automation. From traffic lights and cell-phones to hospitals and manufacturing facilities, modern technology has made us highly dependent on automated systems and computer-controlled machines. In today’s modern age, nearly every industry relies […]

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What is the Difference Between an Industrial Electrician and Commercial Electrician?

Industrial Electrician vs. Commercial Electrician While the titles “industrial electrician” and “commercial electrician” may sound strikingly similar, they are actually very different specializations. These distinctions require different training and take place in different environments. The foundation of their skill set might be in basic electrical knowledge, but the application of their extended training is what […]

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The Next Generation of Manufacturing Technicians

As baby boomers retire there will be a need for workers in the field of manufacturing. The problem is, how do we get young people interested in this field? Luckily the trend in technology is making careers in manufacturing more desirable. Those in the manufacturing field will have a variety of options and will obtain […]

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Tips for the Manufacturing Field

Manufacturing Field Every company wants dedicated, hardworking individuals working for them. With competition at an all-time high, companies have to be more creative than ever in their effort to attract and recruit top talent. While pay and benefits are important when looking to attract workers, those are not the only incentives that job seekers are […]

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What to Expect With Training in Manufacturing Engineering.

Manufacturing Engineering Manufacturing engineering is a promising field that offers a lot of sought after benefits to those pursuing it. Benefits include:

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Does Your Company Really Know Welding?

As a Welding Company.. What do you Know? While many understand the premise of welding, few are experts that understand the field enough to be able to identify whether their welding operations are being run efficiently and effectively enough. Many companies that employ welders may not be running their businesses as efficiently or effectively as […]

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Women in Welding

Women in the Welding Field Men dominate the welding profession. In fact, less than 5% of welders are women. This is because historically the majority of blue collar jobs are dominated by men. Shifts in many professions and industries are happening slowly, but are happening today, including shifts in the number of women that work […]

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Choosing a Technical School?

Is PMI, Right for You? There are many technical school options available for those interested in completing a technical school degree. It can be overwhelming task to decide which school is best for you. If you are trying to decide whether attending a technical school is right for you, first you must determine how you […]

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What is a Technical School?

Technical Schools For a student just finishing high school there are numerous choices on where to go to further their education and numerous choices for a career path. These choices can be overwhelming. Having a grasp on a possible career path for a student is a great first step when making the choice on a […]

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What Do You Know About Welding?

Welding Career Welding is fairly diverse field with multiple routes for those interested in pursuing a career as a welder. There are several different types of welding techniques, as well as many different industries where your welding skills could be used. If you have been thinking about welding as a career choice, it is important […]

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Study Tips

Getting a Step up on Your Welding Career Those seeking a program in a hands-on career, such as a welding career, oftentimes learn better with their hands. How do you know if you learn by doing? If you answer yes to all or a majority of the questions below, you may be what is characterized […]

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Interested in Becoming a Machinist?

Becoming a Machinist For those who would love a hands-on career and that are interested in computers and technology, a machinist career might be the perfect fit. Machinists work primarily in a manufacturing environment, such as in a factory or machine shop. Machinists can possess a variety of skills and be responsible for running machines. […]

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Welders? What Do They Do?

What is a Welder? Welding offers a wide range of career opportunities in many industries, such as manufacturing, transportation and logistics, construction, and oil and gas. There are various types of welding techniques that can be used by welders.

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What is a Mechatronic Engineer?

Mechatronic Engineer Mechatronic Engineers are highly skilled and needed in many industries including: manufacturing, healthcare, construction, oil and gas, and transportation and logistics. Each of these fields are rapidly growing as technology is advancing every day.

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CNC Careers and Training

CNC Training Computerized numerical control (CNC) machinists have a bright outlook for the future. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, CNC machinist careers plan to grow on average of 6% over the next eight years. This is due to the shortage of skilled workers in the manufacturing industry that are being projected. Vocational […]

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Learning in a PLC

What is PLC? Precision Manufacturing Institute (PMI) offers training for several trades including: CNC Machinist, Electric Arc Welding Training, and Mechatronics Technology. These programs are taught by trained instructors and offer hands on training. The hands on training approach uses a system called a professional learning community.

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Modern Factory Floor Careers

Factory Floor Careers If you are looking for a highly skilled technical career in the manufacturing industry, consider becoming a CNC machinist. CNC stands for computer numerical control, and refers to the control of machines on factory floors by way of computer. CNC machinists are needed to program, operate, and maintain computer operated machines. There […]

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Why Welding Might Be the Right Career for You

Is Welding the Right Career for You? Are you interested in a hands-on, specialized career with potential? If so, welding may be the career for you. Welders have a variety of career options. While manufacturing makes up for over half of the welding industry, you can also find welders in the construction field and in […]

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Take a Peek into Welding

Welding Career Recently it was announced that the employment rate has gone up. That is good news but there are still many individuals who are looking for a viable job. Perhaps you are one of the people who are working two jobs and still find yourself scrapping by. If this is you, have you given […]

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Considering a Career as a Machinist?

Machinist Careers If you are looking for an interesting career that offers job security and great earning potential then a Machinist Career may be for you. With a re-surge of manufacturing work in the United States, plus the aging workforce, there is an abundance of job opportunities available to trained precision machinist. Job locations are […]

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Welding is for Everyone

Welding Technicians The U.S. employment rate seems to fluctuate regularly. With no steady increase in sight, now is the time to think outside of the box and consider other career options. The stakes are even higher for women who are still at a disadvantage when it comes to earning potential versus that of their male […]

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CNC Advantages

The Advantages of CNC Technicians Precision Manufacturing Institute (PMI) is a technical school that is always at the forefront of knowing the latest technologies. We also ensure that are students are equipped to operate, repair, and manage the complexities of these technologies. Computer Numerical Control, also known as CNC machining is one of those featured […]

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What to Know about Spring Enrollment

Enrolling in the Spring? For a while now you have been contemplating going back school but the fall semester has come and gone; what now? Contrary to popular belief you can start your educational journey in the spring. Yes, classes for the spring semester do fill up early, but that gives you even more reason […]

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Interested in Mechatronics?

What are Mechatronics? Precision Manufacturing Institute is proud to offer expansive programs in engineering that continue to fuel our economy. Providing a degree in Mechatronics is one way we continue to enhance the skill set and earning potential of our PMI students.

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Using Welding as a Creative Outlet

Finding a Creative Outlet in Welding Some people have a misconception that welding is a simple and dry process. This is far from true. Schools like PMI in Meadville, PA show students immediately that welding is a very creative activity. It requires you to think abstractly to solve problems and complete jobs. You can find […]

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Why Should I Get a Welding Degree?

The Many Benefits Of Having A Degree in Welding There are many reasons a person should get a welding degree. There are many different industries desperate for the services of someone with a professional welding education.

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Partnerships with the Precision Manufacturing Institute

Becoming a Partner with PMI The Precision Manufacturing Institute, a school that is based in Meadville, PA, has always striven for the highest standards from itself and the students that learn there. Students from PMI have had access to some of the greatest opportunities for young people in the area. They have developed close partnerships […]

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What is Arc Welding?

Interested in the Arc Welding Industry? What is Arc Welding? Arc welding is a technique in which metals are welded using heat generated by an electric arc. The technique is performed using either direct or alternating current (although direct current is preferred) and uses manual, semiautomatic or fully automated processes. Arc welding is used today […]

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Machinists and what they do

What is a Machinist? Today’s trend toward bringing manufacturing back to the United States, along with an aging workforce ready to retire, means there’s more jobs for machinists in this country than in years past.

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Are They Worth Their Weight

Getting What you can out of it Manufacturing is a major industry, and many companies in this industry are thriving in the current environment. In major manufacturing companies, many of the employees as well as the executives are handsomely compensated. Some of these are employees who attended a manufacturing technical school receive a competitive salary, […]

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Made in America?

Get Ahead with Precision Manufacturing Institute In an uncertain economy, education in manufacturing business and technical skills cannot be overstated. PMI, based out of Meadville, PA, is a manufacturing technical school that offers customized training in manufacturing business skills such as technical theory, machining, CAD/CAM software, mechatronics, welding, safety, and leadership. PMI also offers resources […]

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Great CNC Jobs That Are In Demand

CNC Jobs are in Demand! CNC (computer numerically controlled) machines have changed the modern landscape of manufacturing. Instead of creating component parts by hand, which is time-consuming and often inaccurate, CNC machines create parts and products from many kinds of materials using information inputted by a CNC specialist on a computer. The result? An automated […]

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The Benefits of Continuing Education in the Manufacturing Industry

Continuing Your Education in the Manufacturing Industry Today’s companies in the manufacturing and technical fields face many challenges: an increasingly competitive global economy, rapid changes in technology, and the number of workers equipped with the necessary technical skills to fulfill the requirements in a demanding, ever-changing field. Those currently employed in the manufacturing industry must […]

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US Welder Shortage Provides PA Technical Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities CNN Money addressed the unemployment issue in the US with their “10 Hard To Fill Jobs” list, citing career fields which are still struggling to find qualified individuals with limited prospects. #8 on the list of the jobs listed was welding, with the report citing, “One of the greatest skills gap exists for […]

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Manufacturing Jobs Provide Good Prospects For Technical School Graduates

Manufacturing Jobs for Graduates While unemployment rates continue to be a concern across the nation, Pennsylvania manufacturing school graduates appear to have no reason to worry. Recent unemployment statistics released by Pennsylvania’ Department of Labor and Industry have the state’s unemployment rate down to 6.2 percent, the lowest level in the state since November 2008, […]

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Manufacturing Jobs: Important for the American Economy

Manufacturing Jobs in the American Economy Once, a manufacturing job meant low wages, poor benefits, and a dirty shop floor. Now, nothing could be further from the truth. America is investing in manufacturing jobs, and why shouldn’t it? These jobs provide excellent pay and benefits—plus the opportunity to grow a career that will include opportunities […]

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PMI Leader’s Duties Create Job Growth in Our Region

PMI Leaders As the Chairman of the Precision Manufacturing Institute (PMI) and President of the Rosedale Institute, Dennis Wilke spends much of his time talking to students and parents about the benefits of a trade-based, post-high school education. Trade schools are helping to drive our country’s economy and are especially important as Marcellus Shale Energy […]

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Working as a CNC Operator

Overview A Computer Numerical Control Operator (CNC operator) is an employee who runs a CNC machine, which is a device that can be programmed to complete large production jobs with very little waste. Thus, they are common in manufacturing and the aerospace industries, as these fields require machines can complete large-scale part orders relatively quickly. […]

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The New Skills That Manufacturers Want Their Employees to Have

The manufacturing industry is booming. Production is returning to U.S. shores, factories are being built or are producing more goods than before, and skilled workers are needed—now. But today’s manufacturing jobs are different than they were in the past. The use of precise, computer-controlled machines and computer-aided design software has required workers to expand their […]

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