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14 The FABRICATOR SEPTEMBER 2017
Getting People Into
Editor’s Note: The July 2017 edition of the “Fabricating Update”
e-newsletter included a discussion of Dan Davis’ editorial from
the July 2017 issue of The FABRICATOR. You can read the editorial here: www.thefabricator.com/blog/how-do-you-move-people-to-take-on-manufacturing-jobs-. In the
editorial, Davis said that fabricators can’t wait for
people to relocate from other parts of the U.S. to take
manufacturing jobs that have been open for months.
The following is a portion of the feedback that came
from the metal fabricating community.
I have a different take on the problems associated
with relocating people for manufacturing jobs.
A lot of companies have located themselves in
less-populated areas to avoid unions, to be on better transportation routes, and to get tax breaks.
Manufacturing companies are all looking to hire
younger talent (millennials) to replace their aging
and retiring staff (baby boomers). The problem we
have, as executive recruiters to fabricated metal
manufacturers, is that these millennials do not
want to live and work in rural areas. They all seem
to be attracted to large cities. Companies are going
to have to find better ways to attract younger talent.
Companies have to realize that experienced professionals in their 50s are a great bargain because
they really can’t retire at 62 like past generations
have been able to do. They also are going to stay
at the company far longer than any millennial will.
People who are empty nesters are much more willing to relocate as well. There is actually a lot of age
discrimination out there these days.
I have worked in metal manufacturing for 16 years
as a recruiter, and things have certainly changed
over the years!
Senior Vice President of Recruitment
PointOne Recruiting Solutions
I literally just sent an email to our president, COO,
and vice president of finance and human resources
telling them about the great success we have had
with our part-time program in conjunction with a
local technical college here in the Minneapolis/St.
Paul area. We started a part-time program for students at the technical college and even offered to
pay for most of their tuition if they stayed on full-time after.
Director of Minnesota Operations
CK Worldwide works closely with our local Green
River Community College (GRCC) in Auburn, Wash.
The program director is Scott Schreiber, who was
featured in Practical Welding Today as the 2013 PW-Teacher of the Year.
Our president, Jeff Sharpe, has served on an advisory committee with the school, and they have
often tested some of our new products, providing
valuable feedback as we introduce new tools for TIG
welders. This year Jeff presented to the Washington
Welding Instructors Association meeting held at
GRCC. CK Worldwide offers incentives to vocational
schools through our distributors, and we consulted
with Schreiber at GRCC when we were drafting our
scholarship programs offered through the American
Vice President, Sales and Marketing
How Would You Tackle
This Tank Assembly CAD Model?
As I acquire skills in Solid Works®, I find it easier to
understand your Precision Matters articles with
each passing issue of The FABRICATOR. Thank you
for these excellent and challenging lessons.
In the tank assembly discussion [“Shop technol-
ogy and 3-D CAD: Translating design goals into CAD
I build this parametrically if I had seven different siz-
es to make in one shot and if I wanted to be able to re-
spond to a client’s specific dimensions in minutes?”
So, what would you use as a strategy to do that?
In my thought process, I would design a 3-D wireframe of the assembly and attach that frame in the
assembly, hooking up bits and pieces of drivable
sketch to the wireframe. I could then drive the wireframe from the outside and create all the parts in
one go. It’s a bit touchy because things like Pack &
Go or Save As don’t always do what you want them
to do, and you may not need to make all the parts
each time anyway. You only want drawings of the
customizable parts. I don’t like configurations, either, so that should be out.
I’ve tried my approach in simple assemblies and
found it works reasonably well. However, it was
prone to errors and creates more stuff than I need.
How would you attempt this?
Looking forward to the next article.
Editor’s Note: Here is Gerald Davis’ response: Your e-mail inspired what will appear in the September edition of Precision Matters. If you visit www.thefabricator.
you can download the SolidWorks 2016 CAD files. It
should switch between sizes with a double-click.
I’m afraid that I didn’t come up with an answer that
did not involve configurations, mostly because there
are things that have to be suppressed and unsuppressed in this tank’s product line. Specifically, these
items are forming tools that create the cross break in
Were it not for that, then yes, this could be modeled
with just parametric links. Reference geometry, such as
sketch, plane, and surface, can be used while modeling. Move the geometry, and the model changes shape.
I like Configuration Tables because they focus data
entry into one place. Of course, configurations are not
always a blessing. I don’t like configured assemblies
in manufacturing because they create revision control
nightmares. I go to great lengths to minimize parametric links and configurations for revision management.