Tim McCord, owner of Heisler Tool, realized the machining skills gap was affecting Lake County, Ohio, and decided to champion educational outreach with the Precision Machining Institute. Based on old lessons and using Heisler facilities, the first 16-week course will start May 6.
“We wanted to train individuals to become machinists, but we wanted to start them on a path to a career, not just a job,” Tim McCord told The News-Herald. “The idea was to bring in any individual who wants to learn that is either a recent high school grad or unemployed.”
Tim McCord’s son Jason noted that Heisler is able to offer hands-on education from experienced machinists in a unique way for area students.
“In conversations with [National Tooling and Machining Association Vice President] Ken McCreight he said, ‘I have all the classroom stuff but I don’t have a shop or a building or the equipment,’ ” Jason McCord told The News-Herald. “When I went through the apprenticeship program, Ken was actually my instructor for the classroom part. He took all of his old lessons and that’s how he came up with NTMA-U.”
The Institute course will be composed of 96 online class hours and 256 lab hours. The McCords have forged a partnership with the local University of Akron to allow Institute students to receive 21 credits for the course at the university.
“Manufacturing is a huge component of our economy and right now a lot are having a hard time finding people who can step into these jobs,” Willoughby Mayor David Anderson said. “We want manufacturing to stay strong in Northeast Ohio and Lake County. Mentor and Willoughby are two of the strongest manufacturing cities in the state. We need people to step into jobs. It’s a great opportunity for people to get the training they need.”