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Expertise Needed!

By: Christina M. Fuges
14. May 2013

The AMBA Board has approved the development of a modern Apprenticeship template for CNC Machinists and Moldmakers.  The template will be developed in conjunction with standardized testing for CNC Machinists and Moldmakers.  The apprenticeship template and standardized tests will be invaluable tools that will be needed to safeguard the integrity of the knowledge and skills necessary to work in the moldmaking industry.  

To develop the template and tests, the AMBA has hired a consultant, Dr. Kitty Manley from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, MI, to perform a process called a DACUM.  This process requires six to 10 industry experts from each subject area (CNC & Moldmaking) to work with Dr. Manley in establishing the core knowledge and skills.  This will be a three-day process held during the week's listed below:

Week of June 24th - CNC Machinists

Week of July 8th - Moldmakers

The AMBA needs six to10 expert CNC Machinists and six to 10 expert Moldmakers from regionally and industrially diverse moldmaking companies to go to Grand Rapids, MI, during the week's listed above to contribute to the development of this standard. 

If you would like to send one of your top CNC Machinists or Moldmakers to contribute to setting the industry's new skill standard, please contact one of the people below.

Andy Baker
Byrne Tool & Design

Robbie Earnhardt
Superior Tooling

Ryan Pohl
Expert Tech


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