TRAINING & EDUCATION On-Site Machine Tool Training Programs Expanded Climax Portable Machine Tools expanded its on-site machine tool training program provided by The Portable Machining Training Institute, a division of Climax. The expansion is designed to meet the need for a greater number of skilled machinists in various industries, including mining and heavy construction, civil engineering, shipbuilding, and power generation. The company has doubled the faculty of the Institute, and plans to enlarge its training facility this year. As senior machinists and comparable positions begin to retire, Climax saw the demand for this training escalate over the past 4-5 years, said Andy Becker vice president of marketing. The shortage of skilled machinists and engineers is one of the critical issues that affect the productivity and profitability of various industries. According to the most recent data customer's location. The Training Institute has been offering top-rated courses since 2002. The expansion of the training facility at its worldwide headquarters in Newberg will allow Climax to offer additional programs devoted to hands-on activities and skills development. Companies such as Caterpillar, Toshiba, Peterson Tractor Company, and Northrop Grumman have participated in these training sessions. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org BB8000 Boring machine at Shipyard. provided in "Skills Gap Report - A Survey of the American Manufacturing Workforce" conducted by National Association of Manufacturers in 2005, 90% of respondents reported experiencing shortages of skilled production employees1. Climax has developed training programs for all skill levels, including basic on-site machine tool operation, advanced applications and techniques, and Train-theTrainer programs that allow trained individuals to pass on their skills to other employees at the job site. Two-day training sessions cover areas such as operator safety, tool component review and usage, tool geometry, and maintenance procedures. Climax also offers five-day intensive training courses where students learn the operation of five different on-site machine tool systems, including boring and borewelding, valve repair & refurbishment, milling systems, flange facing systems, and lathe systems. In addition, Climax offers three-day sessions for the needs of the shipbuilding industry. Schedules and course content can be customized, and can take place either at the Portable Machining Training Institute in Newberg, Oregon or at the February, 2007 · MarineNews · 25
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