Mastercam Training At A-Line Precision
Toronto, Ontario, Canada – In 2005, Robert Muru, President of A-Line Precision, a defense and aerospace machine shop, was getting discouraged by the number of projects that were falling behind schedule because they were waiting for CNC manufacturing programs to be written. To combat this problem, he decided that he would do everything he could to encourage everyone in his company to take advantage of Mastercam learning opportunities.
Muru has been very creative and has discovered many ways to provide employees and prospective employees with Mastercam learning experiences.
Mastercam University: This is among Muru’s favorites. Students watch the videos online, do hands-on practical programming assignments, and take an exam at the end to certify their proficiency.
New Release Overviews: Mastercam University also creates overview courses that become available with new product releases. Users can attend this free-of-charge, to learn about what new product features are available and how to use them.
Community College Courses: A-Line encourages students to take these courses. In fact, when new courses are announced, the company puts notices in the employee’s pay envelope to make sure they know that an educational opportunity is available.
CD Courses: About five employees paid $25 to purchase a “How to Mill Course” on CD. That was half the purchase price of the CD; A-Line paid the other half. Muru believes that when students invest a little money of their own in a training opportunity, they are more likely to spend the time required to learn as much as they can from it.
Pre-Employment Course Work: Recently, A-Line decided to hire a new employee out of high school. This required taking and passing an online Haas CNC milling course (Master Task) as a precondition of employment. A-Line paid for the course and the student demonstrated her earnest desire to become a CNC machinist by passing it.
Reseller Training: A-Line sends employees to training courses at In-House Solutions for Mastercam training and also at Sirco, their local Haas dealer, for CNC machining. These are valuable opportunities to learn about new product features that will improve productivity.
On-Site Training: A-Line’s Maintenance license entitles the company to a number of days of on-site training by technical experts from In-House Solutions. The company tries to couple these sessions with new business opportunities. Recently In-House Solutions conducted a week long 5-axis Mastercam training centered on a new project A-Line was about to launch for a customer. The programmers made substantial gains in their 5-axis skills and, by the time the week was over, complex 5-axis programs had been written for producing first pieces for the new project.
Teaching Each Other and Self-Instruction: The new culture at A-Line fosters employees helping employees learn all the tips and tricks to improve their skill levels. Programmers help each other out or work as teams to handle new programming challenges.
Cross Training: A-Line places a high value on personnel flexibility, so the lathe operators are encouraged to take courses in mill, and mill operators to take lathe courses.
Muru said he wants to create an atmosphere in which there are no barriers to advancement, no matter what level an employee enters the company. Many people who do not work routinely in the shop have taken advantage of training opportunities. There was even a case where one of A-Line’s security staffers expressed interest in Mastercam programming. Muru signed him up. He is now doing machining in addition to the regular security duties!
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