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An Alternative Basics Education: Valve Ed Comes to You!

An Alternative Basics EducationFor the first time in the seven-year history of the Valve Basics education program, the Valve Manufacturers Association (VMA) held a company-specific training event conducted by the VMA Education Committee’s Valve-Ed team. The course was presented this week for mechanical engineers of ExxonMobil Baton Rouge Refining. The 36 engineers learned about a variety of valve and actuator topics related to their work at the plant. Committee chairman This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (United Valve), who opened the program by presenting an introduction to the valve industry, expressed his enthusiasm for this new model of learning. He noted after the meeting that “the audience was very attentive and appreciative of VMA providing training for their company.”


Valve Basics Training Helps Fill Industry Skills Gap

One of the most keenly felt needs in today’s industrial world is the lack of skilled employees. Figures from the latest iteration of an ongoing study on this issue by Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute (The Skills Gap in U.S. Manufacturing) forecast that manufacturing will see 2.7 million people retire between 2015 and 2025 while 700,000 jobs will be created from economic expansion.

Basic Assembly Skills a Precious Commodity

There was a time, not long ago, when employers could rely on new hires to possess rudimentary knowledge of basic assembly methods, schematic diagrams and proper use of hand tools. These skills were the result of individuals who grew up maintaining their cars. Yet that way of life is largely a thing of the past, much to the dismay of employers. The current focus on advanced technologies and high-end skills is crucial and necessary, but you cannot overlook the need for basic skills, such as the ability to install bearings, lubricate machine slides or align couplings.

Size Matters: Control Valve Sizing 101

From time to time, we are re-posting particularly well-received articles that have previously run on VALVEMagazine.com so that those who might have missed them will be able to catch up on the best of the best. This article, 'Size Matters: Control Valve Sizing 101' initially ran on August 16, 2012.


When control valve professionals talk about "control valve sizing," they really mean the entire process of selecting the valve that will do the best job of controlling the process. Selecting the right size valve is an important part of the process, but there are other equally important considerations as well.

VMA Human Resources Workshop Focuses on the Next Generation of Workers

At VMA’s first-ever Human Resources Workshop: Promoting Valve Careers to the Next Generation, member HR professionals gathered in Arlington, VA, Nov. 9-10, to hear from recruiting experts on how to attract and develop manufacturing talent, build a strong workforce, employ essential mobile and social media tools, expand college presence, and employ best practices in recruiting. In addition, a panel of VMA’s own Young Valve Professionals (YVPs) gathered to share their experiences as part of the valve manufacturing workforce and offer insight on what it takes to appeal to the younger generation.

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