Manufacturers who are investing heavily in advanced CNC equipment will at times hesitate, due to the extremely limited labor pool of skilled and knowledgeable entry level candidates. Many companies have even delayed adding floor space to their facilities simply because there are no
qualified candidates to hire.
Today, the definition of a machinist remains in a state of continuous evolution. To address this, educational institutions must also be evolving. Manufacturing educators and its administrators must be flexible and willing to adjust, on demand, to the needs of industry.
To support this effort, CNC educators should follow the proven paths of manufacturers who have adopted Lean Manufacturing concepts to create highly efficient processes. Educators should strive to eliminate any barriers that impact the efficiency of the educational process and the development of CNC technology-based skills. This mindset will develop above entry level graduates in a much shorter period.
The Techniques in this presentation were tested & proven over a 15-year span to be highly successful in developing programming and setup skills from basic to advanced, in just a few weeks.

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    David Tuttle
    Department Head
    Precision Machining
    Platt Technical High School
    Milford, CT USA