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Metalforming Industry Movers & Shakers

Thursday, December 10, 2015
MetoKote Corp., Lima, OH, has appointed Jon Barrett global vice president and chief operating officer, and John Shaffer global vice president of sales. MetoKote (, with 29 facilities throughout the United States and worldwide, provides coating equipment, services and support.
Hitachi Metals America LLC has appointed Joe Guajardo sales manager-tool steel for the U.S. region. Hitachi Metals (, headquartered in Purchase, NY, manufactures and markets high-grade metal products and materials.

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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Lincoln Electric Debuts Online Welding, Cutting Curriculum

Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Lincoln Electric, Cleveland, OH, recently launched U/Linc, a complete curriculum of lesson plans, videos, student handouts, assessment tests, presentations and more designed to streamline the teaching experience and free welding-school instructors from curriculum development.
Educational topics in the subscription-based online learning-management system include safety, principles of welding, shielded-metal-arc welding, gas-metal-arc welding, flux-cored-arc welding, gas-tungsten-arc welding, thermal and CNC plasma cutting, mathematics in welding, careers, aluminum, stainless steel, robotics, fabrication, manufacturing and engineering, and pipe.
With more than 1,500 teaching assets and growing, U/Linc allows instructors at high schools, technical colleges, universities, unions or private industrial training centers to focus on teaching in the classroom, rather than spend hours developing custom curriculum.
“The era of stand-alone DVDs and textbooks is coming to an end,” says Dr. Jason Scales, Lincoln Electric manager of educational services. “We can deliver a specific lesson plan and matching student or presentation materials over the web and update the files immediately whenever welding or teaching advances require a change.”
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