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VMA, Manufacturers Work to Bridge the Skills Gap

engineer femaleAcross the world of manufacturing, the talent gap is getting broader as top positions are vacated and companies struggle to entice qualified candidates. While there is no avoiding the mass exodus of retirees in the coming years, the Valve Manufacturers Association is focusing on developing a solution to the problem that is plaguing many valve manufacturing companies: how to find and attract talented new workers.


The Industry Comes Together at the 2015 Valve World Americas Show

2015 Valve World Americas Show 1The George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston hosted the third iteration of Valve World’s North American trade show on July 15 and 16, a biennial event that brings together valve manufacturers and distributors to meet with valve users and other professionals interested in the educational offerings and a chance to examine and learn more about a wide variety of products.

The day before the event kicked off, VMA held a one-day Valves, Actuators & Controls 101 course attended by a largely young crowd of more than 100. The seven lessons included an introduction to the industry, multi-turn, check and quarter-turn valves along with all types of actuators and control valves. On hand to present were several of VMA’s experienced instructors: Greg Johnson of United Valve, Ed Holtgraver of QTRCO, Arie Bregman of DFT Inc., Paul Souza of AUMA Actuators and Bert Evans of Emerson Process Management – Fisher. One attendee told VMA staff that “the content was excellent” and the course was “very helpful and worthwhile.” A number of attendees stopped by the VMA booth to thank the association for conducting the course, with some expressing an interest in attending one of VMA’s complete Valve Basics courses, which lasts 3 days. (The next course takes place in San Antonio, Oct. 21-23.)


Valve Basics Program Meets Deeply Felt Industry Need

zoo1Leafing through comments made by those who attended the most recent Valve Basics Seminar & Exhibits quickly reveals why these courses are so vital to the industry.


Valves & Actuators 101 Precedes Valve World Americas Expo & Conference 2015

vwaVMA is presenting a one-day version of its popular Valves, Actuators & Controls 101 educational program on July 14, the day before Valve World Americas Expo & Conference. This event is the showcase for the flow control industry in the Americas. A technical program covers a variety of valve and valve-related topics essential in today’s marketplace. Plenary sessions will include hot topics such as the future of shale gas and the overall outlook for energy while workshops will focus closely on specific subjects such as cryogenic applications, valve testing, materials specification and much more.


Veterans: An Untapped Resource for Manufacturers

Veterans An Untapped Resource for Manufacturers“We can’t find skilled workers. What’s going to happen when the baby boomers retire?” It’s a refrain we hear on the news or at gatherings of manufacturing professionals on a daily basis.

While it may seem a nearly impossible task to fill these jobs, there are numerous organizations in place working hard to attract and train men and women to keep the wheels of industry turning. The Valve Manufacturers Association has its own Valve Basics Course and the UA (Union of Plumbers, Fitters, Welders & Service Techs) has a comprehensive training program. Private manufacturers are also actively involved, with companies like Rockwell Automation and Harley Davidson working hard to attract women to the industrial workplace.


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