On May 16th, 2013, Danko Arlington hosted a group of Students from the School of Applied and Information Technology from the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC). The College offers certificates in CNC Machining, Manual Machining, CNC programming, and Quality Assurance.
Like other established manufacturers, Danko Arlington is having a difficult time finding skilled workers, especially in machining and manufacturing.
The company’s apprenticeship programs date to December of 1940 – shortly after President Franklin Roosevelt established the Federal Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training Administration. In the past two decades, however, young people have turned away from the trades which have created a void in the number of skilled craftsmen available for hire today.
Therefore, in addition to making a product, today’s US manufacturers must now forge relationships with their local communities and schools to create the next generation factory worker. The prevalence of college loans, student debt, and the growing number of unemployed college graduates is already starting to fuel discussion on the value of a college education.
Danko Arlington is seeking to partner with local Baltimore area schools, such as CCBC to reestablish interest in industrial patternmaking, foundry molding, and CNC machining. Computers and 3-D printers cannot do everything!
Industry is indeed changing. Today’s workers need special skills and training for tomorrow’s opportunities. It’s hard to believe, but manufacturers have positions available for immediate hire — openings that will not only provide jobs, but careers to last a lifetime!