Muskegon rolls out training for advanced manufacturing


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A new training program to prepare workers for advanced manufacturing started in Muskegon in early January, and the first dozen to graduate will be honored in ceremonies March 7 at Muskegon Community College.

According to Dan Rinsema-Sybenga at MCC, the new Advanced Manufacturing Institute was inspired by the efforts of economic development and industry partners in Kalamazoo last summer to do something about the industrial skills gap that is now a nationwide issue affecting employers, employees, and the educational/training system.

In Muskegon, the partners in the new educational endeavor include Muskegon Area First Economic Development Corp., Michigan Works! of Muskegon/Oceana, The Employers’ Association, the city of Muskegon, the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce, Muskegon Community College, and representatives of various industrial companies.

The eight-week, 96-hour class is designed for current employees of companies as well as individuals looking for work in the manufacturing sector. In the first session, which began Jan. 7, there were 12 participants from a variety of companies including CWC Kautex Textron, GMI Composites, Great Lakes Finishing, Michigan Spring & Stamping, Nowak Machine and Scherdel Sales and Technology. Two students were selected through Michigan Works and were sponsored by Sun Chemical.

As part of the training, participants were exposed to classes in Industry Introduction and Plant Tour, Lean 5S, Applied Math Fundamentals, Basic Mechanical, Basic Electrical, Industrial Blueprint Reading, Precision Measurement, Quality Management, Statistical Process Control, Introduction to Programmable Logic Control, Basic Industrial Fluid Power, Root Cause Analysis/Problem Solving, Team Member and Team Workgroup Participation.

Due to the success of the initial session, a second session is scheduled to begin Sept. 9.

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