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Speaking of Precision is a knowledge preservation and thought leadership blog covering the precision machining industry, its materials and services. With over 36 years of hands on experience in steelmaking, manufacturing, quality, and management, Miles Free (Milo) Director of Industry Research and Technology at PMPA helps answer "How?" "With what?" and occasionally "Really?"

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Manufacturing Optimism- Roscoe Wallace With Kaiser Aluminum

Posted June 07, 2013 12:00 AM by Milo

We caught up with Roscoe Wallace at PMTS and got his take on Manufacturing from his perspective as an Aluminum supplier.

Positivity about

  • manufacturing,
  • productivity,
  • reshoring,
  • manufacturing as a career.

Concerns about

  • material integrity from off shore
  • right skill sets for job openings that their customers have in advanced manufacturing.

Thanks to Roscoe for his positive news from the aluminum side of precision machining.

And thank you to Kaiser Aluminum.

Editor's Note: CR4 would like to thank Milo for sharing this blog entry, which originally appeared here.

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06/08/2013 11:42 AM

Short, sweet and positive. Nice work, as usual.

Did Roscoe have any idea how potential employees can get the right skills.

Do you, Milo?

Is this a Vo Tech or OJT thing.

I have three boys, 14, 8 and 7 and I don't know if the traditional college education will be right for them.

The oldest one thinks he wants to go to college.

I'd like to offer some alternatives to him.

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06/10/2013 2:06 PM

My stories, Lyn, for what they are worth:

I started the traditional route of going to university directly after finishing high school. After two years, I dropped out because I did not know what I could do with a Math degree and was not motivated enough to pursue the degree for its own sake. I took some vocational courses in electronics just so I could find a job and do my own repairs on the stereo I hoped to be able to buy some day. That lead to electronics repair which was mostly OJT in my case. Exposure to consumer manufacture and customer support service led me into interest in Industrial Engineering and Quality Assurance. This renewed my interest in the Math degree because of the desire to understand the statistics. In the end, I did finish the degree I started, but not by following the path expected by my parents or, perhaps, society at large.

Of my four children, only the eldest went through the system the "normal" way. My 2nd child went into the army first, my 3rd and 4th went into the work world after high school. The eldest has gone as far as an MBA, the 2nd has accomplished a PhD, the 3rd just got her MS last year, my youngest is working on his Bachleor's now.

There is more than one path to education and life.

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06/10/2013 6:03 PM

There's much to be said for working a year or two before making that college decision.

My son did that, then went ahead and got his degree. He's been gainfully employed since he graduated 25 years ago.

My daughter went directly into college and went on to become a very good, sought-after educator. Now she's a housewife/mother of 4 and doesn't work.

I'd think two years in the military would go a long way toward turning these guys into men with a purpose.

We'll see.

Thanks.

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06/10/2013 6:16 PM

CR4 ate my first response...

After a couple of years of college, and a B in calculus but no real traction, my son gave temp work at a precision machining company a try. Simultaneously going to Local community college to get a CNC operator certificate.

Six months later added as permanent employee. Employer assistance with tuition expenses, and a high GPA.

More info available http://www.pmpa.org/careers/training-education

and list of programs here: http://www.pmpa.org/docs/reference/training-database.pdf?sfvrsn=4

I continue to cover this issue most weeks on my blog- where you can use the search box for "skills" "workforce" or "Manufacturing careers" or other such terms to get the facts That I have and continue to share.

Of course, you can message me back channel here on CR4 .

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