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Basic Assembly Skills a Precious Commodity

Basic Assembly Skills a Precious CommodityThere 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.

University of Kentucky Helps Students Prepare for Real World Engineering

Knowledge in instrumentation and control is critical in the process and manufacturing industries. However, graduating engineers are often lacking in these key areas. Even as universities deemphasize instrumentation and control, industry is seeing a growing need for engineers with expertise in these areas. To address this challenge, the University of Kentucky (UK) Paducah Extended Campus program entered into a collaborative effort with a local equipment provider to provide formalized instruction in the chemical and mechanical engineering programs. The UK Paducah Extended Campus is an undergraduate education-focused extension of the main campus in Lexington where undergraduate students like Maxwell Croft and Emily Burkhart (pictured in headline photo) are engaged in an innovative project.

VMA, Manufacturers Work to Bridge the Skills Gap

Across 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.

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