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Die Cad Accredited for Die-Design Apprenticeship Program

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Die Cad Group, Inc., Grand Rapids, MI, specializing in the simulation and design of transfer, progressive and blanking dies for the automotive, off-highway, furniture and white-goods industries, has received U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) accreditation for its die-design apprenticeship program.

“Achieving USDOL certification is a significant step in meeting our goal of being able to develop and train the next generation of tool and die designers inhouse” says Bobbie Blanton, president of Die Cad.

To earn a die-design journeyman’s card, an apprentice will spend 4 yr. and more than 8000 hr. in classroom training as well as on-the-job training. The typical starting wage for a die-design apprentice is $10.50/hr. Upon successful graduation, wages generally increase to $ 21/hr. A designer with 8-10 years’ experience and a journeyman’s card could expect to make $26/hr.

Like other manufacturing companies, Die Cad is concerned about the growing skills shortage in the tool and die trade and the impact this shortage would have on its business. But here’s some good news: After years of declining apprenticeship participation, the number of apprentices has increased to 430,355 nationally, according to USDOL.

In other Die Cad news, the company recently was announced as a Harbour IQTM, Basic-level Partner by Harbour Results, Inc., a business and operational consultant firm for the manufacturing industry.

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