Modern Machine Shop

NOV 2018

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THE VIEW FROM MY SHOP MMS NOVEMBER 2018 48 A Metalworking Leader's Perspective ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTOR Grady Cope is president and CEO at Reata Engineering & Machine Works Inc., a com- pany he started more than 25 years ago. He is the past national chair of the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA) and current chairman of the Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Association. company for a position that would begin during the summer. The hiring process was competi- tive, and I was able to choose the students that I thought were the best fit for our organization. During the school year, the apprentices working in our shop spend a portion of their week learning at school and a portion learning on the job while making parts for our customers. CareerWise, a non-profit organization, serves as the intermediary between our company and the local school district. Understanding our company's needs, CareerWise works with the school district to create career competencies and ensure apprentice work and school schedules are optimized. The success of the youth apprenticeship program on our shop floor was immediately visible. The apprentices arrive eager to learn and have proven to be a great asset to the company. Because they have been raised in the digital age, they can learn the advanced equipment at a fast rate. Given the quality of their work and the speed at which they are learning, it is easy to forget that these apprentices are still in high school. Making our workforce through the youth apprenticeship program has been rewarding for my company. The tangible benefits to me include reduced hiring/training costs and creating a pipe- line of loyal employees. However, the advantages reach far beyond the tangible, bottom-line benefits. It is extremely rewarding to see young men and women eager to engage in a manufacturing career. The words from a mother of one of our appren- tices capture this better than I could ever say: "I believe the CareerWise opportunity afforded Jacob has redirected him on a much more successful path than that which he was experiencing as a full-time high school student prior. In years past, I struggled every day to get him out of bed in the morning and headed for school. Since becoming an appren- tice, Jacob has taken responsibility for himself completely. I have not had to wake him a single morning in his senior year. He truly wants to get to school and then on to Reata every day." Tooling Technology Shrinking Technology Balancing Technology Measuring and Presetting Technology HAIMER Power Series Rock solid and highest precision – The best on this planet. More mass for greater vibration dampening and better finishes < 0.00012" runout accuracy for the highest degree of precision Highest degree of clamping force possible Ideal for roughing and finishing

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