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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.

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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.

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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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Valve Basics: It’s a Zoo Out There!

David-Scott-zoo 330pxWhen VMA launched its Valve Basics course in 2009, it soon became clear the program would be in great demand. The first couple of events—which lasted one-day—were well-attended and received very positive evaluations. But it also became clear that attendees thought we were missing a critical factor—the opportunity to closely examine the many products being discussed during the seminar. As a result, VMA’s Education & Training Committee expanded the program to include what would be an important component of future 101 classes: the “Valve Petting Zoo.”

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Define Success: The First Step to Becoming an MVP

Mark thompson photoAt a recent valve industry event, Mark C. Thompson, CEO and co-founder of Virgin Unite Mentors, asked the audience to define what success meant to them. Over the next several minutes it became obvious that, for many people gathered for the meeting, it was the first time they had actually stopped to consider the question. Certainly most of the individuals in that room were hard-working professionals in engineering, sales and management. But having a job that often involves travel, raising a family and perhaps even taking continuing education courses did not necessarily mean they knew when they would have "arrived." What would that look like?

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