MC007: It’s Not Your Dad’s Machine Shop [Podcast]

By January 23, 2015 Uncategorized

Manufacturing conjures up an image of a dirty, physical, labor intensive job, but the reality is that the machining industry is one of the most technological forward and innovative industries.  In this seventh episode, Jim and I discuss how the industry has changed along with machine and software technology.

In our Manufacturing News segment, we discuss that more and more high schools are teaching manufacturing skills.  Wheeling High School (Wheeling, IL) has been turning out hire-ready manufacturing students for the last six years.  A component of Germany’s education model is that a 15 year old will enter into an internship whereby manufacturing is one of the top choices.

In our Metalworking Tools segment, we discuss 3 advantages of thread milling.


  • Danny Dilallo says:

    I teach related machine shop theory from nuts to bolts, along with a strong dose of hands on machining on the old school equipment. We prepare the students for a third phase of autocad, along with Master Cam post processing. The students are hands on a Hurco vertical cnc # 10 after they’re g code acclimated. I am trying to prepare them for the private sector at a competency level required by you folks. What competencies would you say is the most important in the training phase that you would like to see at your door. We try to place these folks in entry level positions. Any advice is appreciated… I am a TMA graduate toolmaker who loves passing on the trade.

    • Jim Carr says:

      Hello and thank you for your comment.

      Here are few key characteristics that I look at before hiring an entry-level machinist:
      • Strong math skills; proficient at basic math, algebra and geometry
      • Are they hands-on literate? Do they like to tinker with cars?
      • Above average PC and web-savvy skills. Their culture is so technologically-centric, they will need good PC navigation skills to power their CAM knowledge, plus social media savvy – all your employees are ambassadors to the company and create positive culture.
      • Soft skills; good communication, eye contact, respect, and hygiene.

      The last bullet is a simple but very important aspect, most often cannot be taught from an external source and comes from the parents.

      I too am a graduate of the TMA machinist related theory program – back when there were 40+ students in a classroom!

      Good luck, continue listening and make some chips!

      My best,

  • Todd Schuett says:

    Love the part about thread mills. One additional benefit is the elimination of the witness line in tapered threads. Milled threads generally seal better, especially useful for mold makers.

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