Article from ARCH Cutting Tools
ARCH Cutting Tools is facing the same talent shortage as the cutting tool industry overall, but the company is meeting the challenge with an aggressive workforce development strategy aimed at Millennials and Generation Z. In partnership with Delta College, ARCH Cutting Tools hosted an Introduction to Machine Tools Forum at its Flushing, Michigan, facility June 6 for five students interested in careers as machinists.
ARCH Cutting Tools is building an organization-wide structured training/apprenticeship program that is based on practices that have been in operation for years. The pilot program in Flushing will be duplicated at other ARCH Cutting Tools facilities throughout the U.S. in the coming months.
Jeff Cederstrom, president of ARCH Cutting Tools and a Delta College alumnus, opened the event with a brief introduction of the company and its products. “To build tomorrow’s workforce, you have to be willing to provide the solution to today’s talent shortage,” he said, explaining the company's commitment to training and education.
The Flushing facility is home to Ultra-Dex, an ARCH Cutting Tools business unit, and Beamer Laser Marking Systems. The Ultra-Dex portion of the forum was hosted by General Manager Gregg Bishop. Bishop explained the various skills and disciplines that are critical in today’s machining environment, including familiarity with manual Bridgeport machine operation to develop foundational industry skills up to and including programming CNC machines.
The Beamer Laser Marking System portion of the forum, hosted by Allen Warren, the company's engineering manager, provided perspective on the manufacturing of fiber laser marking machines for a variety of industries. Focusing on the product offerings of standard, engineered and inline machines, Warren provided details on engineered solutions. Bishop joined the conversation with details of how the laser marking systems provide enhancements to manufacturing operations that improve through-put and productivity.
Throughout the forum, the Delta students were provided demonstrations and hands-on experiences, as well as opportunities to put direct questions to the industry experts.
So, what is ARCH Cutting Tools looking for? Ultimately – the “Purple Squirrel.” That is, the ideal young machinist with natural ability, an eagerness to learn and improve, and an eye on the future of the industry. Reflecting the need of such qualified candidates, the participating students also learned that compensation continues to increase for machinists who demonstrate the necessary adaptability and skill development.
Throughout the forum, Cederstrom and Terry Morse, associate professor – business and technology at Delta College, who accompanied the students, discussed ways to work together more closely and to drive the message of the opportunities in manufacturing for young CNC machinists and programmers.
ARCH Cutting Tools believes that the resurgence of American manufacturing requires a renaissance of precision machining, supported by evolved and highly collaborative partnerships. Guided by an entrepreneurial spirit, the company leverages its combined resources to create greater cost efficiencies and performance outcomes for its customers. To drive these principles, the ARCH Cutting Tools leadership enables and supports a culture of teamwork and personal growth.
Related Glossary Terms
- computer numerical control ( CNC)
computer numerical control ( CNC)
Microprocessor-based controller dedicated to a machine tool that permits the creation or modification of parts. Programmed numerical control activates the machine’s servos and spindle drives and controls the various machining operations. See DNC, direct numerical control; NC, numerical control.
- precision machining ( precision measurement)
precision machining ( precision measurement)
Machining and measuring to exacting standards. Four basic considerations are: dimensions, or geometrical characteristics such as lengths, angles and diameters of which the sizes are numerically specified; limits, or the maximum and minimum sizes permissible for a specified dimension; tolerances, or the total permissible variations in size; and allowances, or the prescribed differences in dimensions between mating parts.