Returning to school as an adult has a unique set of challenges compared to those of high school graduates. Learning is something that can be done at any age, and it is never too late to go back to and complete your post-secondary education.
At PMI, our mission is to promote the growth of people, business, and industry through quality education and training. One way we advance our mission is by forming collaborative relationships with organizations like the National Tooling and Machining Association to provide several benefits to students in the classroom and beyond.
Meadville, located in Crawford County, was once known as the Tool City Capital of the United States. In Crawford County, 20% of employment is in the manufacturing industry with manufacturing representing only 12% of the jobs in the state and only 11% of jobs nationally. With more tool shops and more manufacturing jobs per capita […]
From the food and agricultural industries to the manufacturing industry, there has been an increase in the use of automation. Automation helps to increase efficiency, profitability, and reduce workplace injury throughout a variety of industries. While some may say automation is taking jobs away from people, it is allowing employers to put employees where they are […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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:
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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Manufacturing Engineering Manufacturing engineering is a promising field that offers a lot of sought after benefits to those pursuing it. Benefits include:
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]