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  • August 29, 2016 10:24 PM | Cathy Teal (Administrator)

    In support of manufacturing education, the Gene Haas Foundation recently awarded $15,000 to the Stanley E. Foster School of Engineering, Innovation and Design at the Kearny Educational Complex in San Diego, California. These funds will used as scholarships and awarded to students looking to pursue careers in manufacturing. The check was presented to Kearny's program instructor John Riego de Dios by Bill Belina, the new Haas Factory Outlet District Manager for San Diego and Imperial Counties.

  • July 18, 2016 10:03 AM | Cathy Teal (Administrator)

    Calandra Crawford, MiraCosta College Machinist Instructor

    Cohort 11 graduates with Instructor.  L-R is Ermanno Maccarrone, Kevin Aardahl, James Ivelich, Calandra Crawford, and Joseph DeLao

    L-R Oscar Vasquez (from C&H Machine) and Linda Kurokawa, MiraCosta College Director of Community Education & Workforce Development

    L-R Jim Ivelich and wife, Joseph DeLao and family, back right is Joann and Carl McKinney from Hoffman Clark & Associates, front of picture is Ermanno Maccarrone and family.

    Student Aldrin Cruzada and Jaime Ayala interviewing with representatives from
    Volt and Aerotek at our Staffing Agency Job Fair

    Photos by Ning-Chiao Hsu

  • June 24, 2016 9:29 AM | Cathy Teal (Administrator)

    You missed a terrific tour of

    Workshop for Warriors

    Founder and CEO of Workshops for Warriors, Hernán Luis y Prado was our host and speaker on June 23 at our last Chapter meeting. Hernán Luis y Prado served in the United States Navy for fifteen years as a Hospital Corpsman and then as a Surface Warfare Officer. Hernán had three combat tours of duty In Iraq and Afghanistan, and is a graduate of the Navy Surface Warfare Officer School, where he completed the Chief Engineering Officer and Combat Systems Officer curricula. In 2013, Hernán was recognized by the White House as a “Champion of Change” for Workshops for Warriors’ extensive work and achievements to transition military veterans into advanced manufacturing careers. 

    Our tour of the shop, Workshop for Warriors enlightened members about what WW provides for veterans and wounded warriors: Advanced manufacturing training, industry-recognized certification/credentials, and 100% job placement for careers in welding, machining, and fabrication at no cost to veterans. Workshops for Warriors’ 16-week classes teach to nationally recognized, third party credentials from the National Institute of Metal Working Skills (NIMS), SolidWorks, Mastercam and American Welding Society.

  • May 23, 2016 10:52 AM | Cathy Teal (Administrator)

    Is your reluctance to embrace new technology holding your business back? Possibly limiting your options in accessing a younger, tech savvy workforce? Business owners complain about the skills gap in the up and coming workforce but rarely address the tech gap in their own business. That was the topic discussed by Gary Knight at our May 19 Chapter meeting at MiraCosta College. Gary also discussed the importance of robotics technology training and robotics repair training. Production efficiencies and cost savings can be realized by any company utilizing robotics. However, those marketplace advantages gained through robotics are often lost due to equipment breakdowns and a lack of expertise in-house. You should have been there.

    Gary Knight is the Executive Director of the San Diego Futures Foundationl (SDFF), a 501(c)3 nonprofit established to improve lives in San Diego through technology. SDFF provides equipment, software, training, services, and technical support to San Diego nonprofits, small businesses, and disadvantaged residents. SDFF is working to bridge the digital divide in San Diego, and helps low-income households, people with disabilities, and seniors.

    Currently, Knight serves as the Chair for the Escondido Public Library Board of Trustees and as a board member for the Workforce Investment Board. The San Diego Workforce Investment Board (WIB) is a 43-member board that shares responsibility with the Policy Board for overseeing funding and policy development under the Workforce Investment Act. The WIB is particularly focused on identifying labor market needs and developing effective and innovative responses to these needs in the San Diego region.
    Gary can be reached at

  • April 25, 2016 11:08 AM | Cathy Teal (Administrator)

    Eddie Escobar from Aerotek was the big grand prize winner of the “Portable USB Connect” at the NTMA San Diego Chapter's first annual Poker Night at the Belching Beaver, an award winning craft brewery in North San Diego County.

    The unit, the “Portable USB Connect,” an External USB Connect controller for all CNC's valued at $700, was donated by NTMA Associate Member, Shop Floor Automations

    Everyone was having such a good time, no actual poker was played. However, there were a lot of winners of $25 gift cards given away as door prizes in addition to the Grand Prize. And dinner? The best ribs and pulled pork sliders you've ever tasted were provided by Grill Fella's Catering and accompanied with Belching Beaver's craft beers from pale ale to dark stouts. 

    The event was hosted by the NTMA Associate Members. Each Associate Member had a table representing a Las Vegas casino. The Flamingo, Circus Circus, and Mardi Gras were just a few of the casinos represented. While the event will never hold a spot on the World Poker Tour, it was a successful networking event filled with surprises and comradery.

    Pictured from left to right: John Campbell, Shop Floor Automations; Amy Gates, Shop Floor Automations; Eddie Escobar, Aerotek; Paula Colling, Shop Floor Automations; Guy Barrow, Shop Floor Automations.

  • April 01, 2016 2:13 PM | Cathy Teal (Administrator)

    Power Up Your Workforce
    At no cost to you, money or time-wise

    The NTMA-U Journeyman Track Program is designed to provide training for your existing workforce, create employment stability for our members and plant the seeds for the future manufacturing workforce.

    How employers benefit:

    • Employer sets the salary for the NTMA-U Apprentice enrolled in the program
    • No additional time or financial commitment for the employer
    • No Federal intervention or oversight
    • Student progress reports to the employer
    • Employers can use NTMA-U safety classes to fulfill some of the required OSHA Safety Training obligations at no cost for the classes.

    Get Powered Up!

    Employment of machinists, tool and die makers is projected to grow 6% from 2014 to 2024.* We already have a serious shortage of skilled labor in manufacturing. The NTMA-U Journeyman Track Program is designed to provide training for your existing workforce, create employment stability for our members and plant the seeds for the future manufacturing workforce. We urge you to take advantage of this program. It’s a great deal for you and an even better deal for your employees and new hires.

    For more information and course descriptions, please call Ken McCreight, (216) 264-2834.

  • October 11, 2015 9:46 AM | Cathy Teal (Administrator)

    Our last NTMA Meeting was hosted by Computer Integrated Machining, Inc. (CIM). There was a tour of CIM and President and owner, Mike Brown talked about how he grew his company and what it's like to work with 80 different companies in 9 different markets over the past year. Afterwards, we all shared a beer and BBQ next door at BNS Brewing & Distilling Co.

  • April 17, 2015 5:47 PM | Cathy Teal (Administrator)

    April 16 Chapter meeting at MiraCosta College new machining facility

    Great Tour, Great Networking at MiraCosta's new Facility

    MiraCosta’s new Technology Career Institute is designed to provide skilled workers for such industries as high-tech manufacturing, maritime technology, and biotech manufacturing. The institute has expanded the college’s machinist certificate program and create industry-recognized electronics engineering technician and robotics/automation certificate programs.

  • February 26, 2015 12:38 PM | Cathy Teal (Administrator)

    Chapter Meeting on January 27, 2015

    Glenn Van Noy, Omar Nashashibi, Sean Tillett, Herb Homeyer

    Left to right, Associate NTMA Member Glenn Van Noy, Lobbyist for the NTMA Omar Nashashibi, NTMA San Diego Chapter President Sean Tillet, NTMA National President Elect Herb Homeyer.

    Omar Nashashibi, lobbyist for the National Tooling and Machining Association in Washington, D.C. provided an overview of 2014 legislation and regulations. With the dust finally settled on the 2014 Congressional elections and the 2016 Presidential campaign officially underway, manufacturers have more at stake in Washington than ever before. We heard about the latest on tax reform efforts, EPA and OSHA regulations, and how the new workforce training law will help your company. The Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act (WIOA) updates the 1998 WIA law. It eliminates 15 outdated programs and prioritizes grants for programs using national skills standards which include NTMA-U, NIMS and apprenticeships. It requires Sector Partnerships and Career Pathways. Over 50% of State Workforce Board Members come from business and industry. The WIOA will be very good for manufacturing and the economy. We would like to thank both Herb and Omar for being our guest and for their insights.
  • February 26, 2015 12:36 PM | Cathy Teal (Administrator)

    At Alphatec Spine
    NTMA-U... the smartest, most cost effective way
    to train your workforce
    Ken McCreight

    Ken McCreight, NTMA Vice President, explained how NTMA-U, an innovative program of online education, bridges the gap between traditional degree programs and skills-based certification curricula. Through agreements with participating colleges, students can take courses online and earn credits toward an associate degree, as well as gain the knowledge to complete their NIMS written exam while building valuable industry-specific knowledge.

    The curriculum is customized and tailored to the needs of NTMA members, with textbooks and online training guidelines that have been developed by the association members specifically for this program. Best practices and case studies from AMPED will form part of the curriculum as well.

    NTMA-U is the only nationally recognized Federal Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training / DOL program in the United States. NTMA-U is also NIMS outcome tracked, meaning the course materials meet the requirements of NIMS Certification. Approximate time to complete each module varies from 32 to 48 contact hours. To complete all the modules and receive FBAT certification as an apprentice/journeyman, students on average spend 600 contact hours.

    NTMA-U has won several awards for educational excellence. The modules are as follows: Basic Math / Basic Blueprint / Basic Shop Technology/ Manufacturing Applied Intermediate Math/ Intermediate Blueprint Reading / Intermediate Shop Technology / Manufacturing Technology Skills / Manufacturing Technology / Specialty Materials / CNC- Programming Operations / Quality Control – SPC / Inspection / GDT / Advanced Manufacturing Technology / Advanced Manufacturing Processes / Diemaking / Moldmaking / Jig and Fixture / Workholding.

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