Educate Everyone To Their Fullest Potential
We know a shop that finds a way to say yes to nearly every request employees make to get additional training. It funds or partially funds a variety of CAM learning experiences, including:
- Formal courses at universities and community colleges
- Training provided by Mastercam resellers
- On-line learning opportunities offered by such sources as Streaming Teacher, eapprentice.net, and Mastercam University
- Mentoring arrangements where employees teach each other
- Strategically using the help of programming consultants who provide training along with writing critical Mastercam programs
The more people you have who are conversant with CAM, the better, even if they never become programmers. On the other hand, programming talent is very hard to come by. Some who are given the opportunity to learn CAM will discover they have a talent that will allow them to earn a better living while helping to sustain your business into the future.
Rob Muru, President
If your education initiative is working well, you might even consider training every CNC machinist on your staff to be a Mastercam programmer. Some would argue that this expansive attitude toward having multiple CAM users is costly in terms of additional CAM seats and computer hardware. There are, however, costs associated with having only one or two proficient programmers in a company. These include:
- Chronic overtime to meet programming work load.
- Delayed first-piece manufacturing and the costs of playing catch-up.
- Cost of not having enough trained programmers when the primary programmers are on vacation, sick or leave to take another job.
- Cost of underused equipment when programming resources are not sufficient to keep pace with equipment available to perform work already in the queue.