If you are looking to be part of an ever-growing industry, consider a career as a welding fabricator! Skilled welders are needed in high demand for a wide range of industries including manufacturing and construction. Continue reading
With many machinists reaching retirement age, the demand for machinists to replace them is on the rise. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, machinists can expect to see jobs grow by an estimated 10 percent from 2014 to 2024. Continue reading
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 needed most and is creating a demand for workers educated in the use and repair of automation technology. Continue reading
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 construction of the plant in Beaver County. Continue reading
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 find a job in manufacturing.
“Our participation in the PA Manufacturing Training-to-Career grant program will enable PMI to provide the local economy with additional skill training identified by our Program Advisory Committees and local employers,” said Ed Petrunak, director of PMI. “The Department of Community and Economic Development was helpful and easy to work with throughout the entire application process and we appreciate their support.”
The grant will provide $150,000 to the Precision Manufacturing Institute to enhance and expand current curricula for CNC machinists, electro-mechanical technology and electric ARC welding. The funding will also enable PMI to provide more advanced training for fourth- and fifth-axis CNC programming and operation, as well as automated conveyor system training in the electro-mechanical technology program.
The expanded curricula will specifically address crucial employability skills like interpersonal communication, teamwork, professionalism and resource management that regional manufacturers have identified as a need in applicants and recent hires. The program will draw applicants from Crawford, Erie, Warren, Forest, Mercer, Venango and Clarion counties to PMI’s 32,000-square-foot Bessemer Street facility. It is expected to provide 60 trainees with the technical and professional skills they need to enter the workforce.
“The purpose of the new Manufacturing PA initiative is to listen to our partners and employers in the manufacturing sector to identify their greatest areas of need, and then provide support that will address that need,” Wolf said. “This funding to the Precision Manufacturing Institute is a great example of how the private and public sectors can come together to strengthen the manufacturing workforce in Northwest Pennsylvania and help put workers on a path to success.”
The Pennsylvania Manufacturing Training-to-Career grant is designed to provide funding for training programs to help unemployed and underemployed individuals, as well as those with barriers, to gain the skills they need to gain employment in the manufacturing sector. Wolf recently announced additional Training-to-Career grants to the Manufacturers Research Center, the Greater Johnstown Career & Technical Center and Robert Morris University.
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. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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 to the field, and it’s hard to get more of it if you don’t already have some to begin with. Continue reading