Weiler Abrasives Group partners with Workshops for Warriors

Published
June 05, 2018 - 03:15pm

Article from Weiler Abrasives Group

Weiler Abrasives Group announced the launch of a national fundraising campaign, Leading a Warriors’ Charge, in partnership with Workshops for Warriors, a nonprofit school that trains, certifies and helps place veterans, wounded warriors and transitioning service members into advanced manufacturing careers. Weiler donated $25,000 to kick off the year-long campaign that will support machining and welding training programs at the nonprofit trade school, as well as contribute to long-term growth of the organization.

“Weiler believes in the value of the Workshops for Warriors cause and is pleased to support it,” says Nate Schmid, director of marketing — Americas, Weiler Abrasives Group. “Bringing veterans back into the workforce after they have served and training them with skills to have careers in welding and CNC machining is so important, both for their livelihoods and for our industry, as we face a major gap in the technical trades across the U.S.”

Workshops for Warriors solves two systemic issues: rebuilding America’s advanced manufacturing talent workforce and ensuring transitioning service members and veterans successfully transition into viable, upwardly mobile civilian careers.

Weiler has been providing Workshops for Warriors with in-kind support since 2014, supplying abrasive products and safety products to meet the needs of every incoming class each semester. The company plans to continue offering this support. Weiler will also be showing its ongoing support for Workshops for Warriors through Leading a Warriors’ Charge, a nationwide fundraising campaign that includes promotion at trade shows, partnership-branded product packaging and more.

“Weiler has been a great supporter of ours since the outset,” says Lyle Palm, dean of welding at Workshops for Warriors. “They’ve gone the extra mile with this campaign. It’s an honor to partner with a company that genuinely believes in what we’re doing.”

Recognized as a leader in advanced manufacturing training for veterans in the United States, the Workshops for Warriors program is a nationally scalable and repeatable model that enables veterans and transitioning service members to overcome employment obstacles and enter into lucrative careers as welders, fabricators, CNC machinists, CNC mill and CNC lathe operators, computer-aided designers and CNC programmers.

Since its inception in 2008, Workshops for Warriors has trained and certified 496 veterans, wounded warriors and transitioning service members, awarding more than 3,000 nationally recognized third-party credentials. In 2017, 94 percent of the school’s graduates obtained jobs in advanced manufacturing after completing the program.

Through the Leading a Warriors’ Charge campaign, Weiler will garner support to enable Workshops for Warriors to train four times as many students—and help the organization achieve its goal of “Rebuilding American Manufacturing One Veteran at a Time.”

Related Glossary Terms

  • abrasive

    abrasive

    Substance used for grinding, honing, lapping, superfinishing and polishing. Examples include garnet, emery, corundum, silicon carbide, cubic boron nitride and diamond in various grit sizes.

  • 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.

  • lathe

    lathe

    Turning machine capable of sawing, milling, grinding, gear-cutting, drilling, reaming, boring, threading, facing, chamfering, grooving, knurling, spinning, parting, necking, taper-cutting, and cam- and eccentric-cutting, as well as step- and straight-turning. Comes in a variety of forms, ranging from manual to semiautomatic to fully automatic, with major types being engine lathes, turning and contouring lathes, turret lathes and numerical-control lathes. The engine lathe consists of a headstock and spindle, tailstock, bed, carriage (complete with apron) and cross slides. Features include gear- (speed) and feed-selector levers, toolpost, compound rest, lead screw and reversing lead screw, threading dial and rapid-traverse lever. Special lathe types include through-the-spindle, camshaft and crankshaft, brake drum and rotor, spinning and gun-barrel machines. Toolroom and bench lathes are used for precision work; the former for tool-and-die work and similar tasks, the latter for small workpieces (instruments, watches), normally without a power feed. Models are typically designated according to their “swing,” or the largest-diameter workpiece that can be rotated; bed length, or the distance between centers; and horsepower generated. See turning machine.

  • milling machine ( mill)

    milling machine ( mill)

    Runs endmills and arbor-mounted milling cutters. Features include a head with a spindle that drives the cutters; a column, knee and table that provide motion in the three Cartesian axes; and a base that supports the components and houses the cutting-fluid pump and reservoir. The work is mounted on the table and fed into the rotating cutter or endmill to accomplish the milling steps; vertical milling machines also feed endmills into the work by means of a spindle-mounted quill. Models range from small manual machines to big bed-type and duplex mills. All take one of three basic forms: vertical, horizontal or convertible horizontal/vertical. Vertical machines may be knee-type (the table is mounted on a knee that can be elevated) or bed-type (the table is securely supported and only moves horizontally). In general, horizontal machines are bigger and more powerful, while vertical machines are lighter but more versatile and easier to set up and operate.

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