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 lack of candidates with the necessary skills, and 78 percent were concerned about their aging workforce. Continue reading

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 from manual machining and non-computerized processes to
computer-based manufacturing, but many companies lacked the
resources or capital to train their employees with the new technical skills
or to take a risk in investing in the new technology. NIFM sought
solutions to overcome these obstacles: it’s two-fold goal was to train
incumbent workers in the new technical skills and offer “shared use”
machinery for companies to produce saleable parts while evaluating the
feasibility to adopt the advanced technologies. An ad in the Meadville
Tribune in 1990 summarized it this way: “We’re giving Meadville the
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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 hundreds of sharp and hard mechanical parts that make up these instruments to the small bits of dust and debris coming from the substrate being worked, any mishandling of either the machine or substrate could result in a workplace injury. This month, PMI takes a closer look at how to avoid injury by handling a CNC machine properly. Continue reading

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 parts and tools made from metals, plastics or other materials. Continue reading

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 expanded upwards, travel stretched across continents and space and the manufacturing world was made into what it is today.

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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 being used.

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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 truly defines the two.

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