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Fluid Power Industrial Consortium

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On Friday, June 2nd, Precision Plus hosted the second ever meeting of the Fluid Power Industrial Consortium (FPIC), part of the National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) and in association with the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) University.  The consortium was formed to advance the networking opportunities amongst members and drive innovation through collaboration.

Welcoming Our 2017 Summer Interns

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Please join Precision Plus in welcoming our 2017 summer interns. We continue to have great success with our internship program, and we are excited to introduce to you this year’s outstanding group of individuals.

Justin Ferrari is a senior at Elkhorn Area High School (EAHS), and he has been with us this past year as a Youth Apprentice in machining. In July, he will be entering Gateway Technical College’s CNC High School Boot Camp program. Justin will return to Precision Plus in January for his mentorship in this program.

Tyler Daehn is a senior at EAHS and has been with us this past year as a Youth Apprentice in IT. He will continue in this capacity for the summer and has elected to pursue a second year apprenticeship with Precision Plus for the next school year.

Carson Filko is a senior at Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering. Carson is entering his fourth summer with us, and he will be working exclusively on projects led by our manufacturing engineer. Scheduled projects include incorporating our new Sawyer Robot onto our manufacturing floor and other process improvement projects.

Matt Dowell is a junior at UW-Platteville, pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering. Matt is entering his fourth summer at Precision Plus, and along with Carson, will be exclusively working on projects led by our manufacturing engineer.

William Sanchez graduated from EAHS and spent the last year with Precision Plus as a Youth Apprentice. He will be joining us full time for the summer before he leaves for Blackhawk Technical College.

Alden Filko is a junior at MSOE, pursuing a degree in biomedical engineering. Alden is starting his fourth summer with us and will be working in the Miyano department. Although Alden is pursuing a degree in biomedical engineering, he says the hands-on experience at Precision Plus is very beneficial.

Rachel Hunter is a sophomore at MSOE, and she is pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering. Rachel is a Precision Plus scholarship recipient, and this is her first summer with us.

Max Rutowski is a sophomore at UW-Platteville, where he is pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering. This is Max’s first summer at Precision Plus. He is from the Greenfield, Wisconsin area, and he is excited to gain some quality machining experience.

Kathryn Lieffrig is a junior at Iowa State University, pursuing a degree in industrial engineering. Kathryn is spending her first summer at Precision Plus this year, and she is looking to gain valuable experience to bring back to the classroom.

Isaac Taylor is a senior at EAHS, and this is his first summer with us. He had such a positive experience taking the new machining and manufacturing classes at EAHS, and he is looking forward to expanding on what he has learned.

Jake Starr is a senior at East Troy High School. He spent the last year here as a Youth Apprentice in machining. He will be working full time in the CAM department, and plans to continue his second year as a Youth Apprentice next year.

We always look forward to the summer interns arriving, along with the fresh ideas and burst of energy they bring with them. From their experience, they will gain knowledge, develop skills, make connections, strengthen their resumes, and assess their interests and abilities.

Employers have much to gain from internship programs, as well. These programs are an excellent way for companies in our industry to accomplish tasks and projects that have been pushed aside for lack of time. Having interns at your place of business is also an ideal way to facilitate success in our industry, as we provide valuable training and mentorship for these students. We have learned over the years that good interns can turn out to be some of the best full time employees.

If your business is interested in learning more about youth apprenticeship and internship programs in Wisconsin, read more at https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/youthapprenticeship/ and   http://wisconsinfastforward.com/pdf/icp_waw_wrapup_1702.pdf.

Visit From Phoenix Middle School

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We always enjoy inviting students to Precision Plus to show them what an advanced manufacturing facility really looks like, as well as the career opportunities that can be available to them in the future. Earlier this week, we welcomed 32 seventh grade math students from Phoenix Middle School in Delavan.

Invest in Your Greatest Asset: Your People

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Last week, Precision Plus sent 14 team members to Columbus, Ohio, to attend the PMPA National Technical Conference (NTC) and the Precision Machining Technology Show (PMTS). The NTC featured keynote speaker Titan Gilroy of Titan America sharing his passion for American Manufacturing. The conference focused on technical skills, problem solving, and management training for the frontline team members who make it happen every day. We pulled some pretty important folks away from the production floor for a few days, but the opportunity to learn and compare notes with industry peers was just too valuable to pass up. 

Catching Up with EAHS Engineering Design & Development Students

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A couple of weeks ago, Mike Reader had visited the Engineering Design and Development (EDD) class at Elkhorn Area High School (EAHS). The EDD class is part of the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) curriculum, and he had presented the students with a check in support of their trips to Washington, D.C., and Madison, where they planned to showcase their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) projects and inventions.

Change Your Game: The New PMPA Education Foundation Website

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Today we celebrate the launch of the new PMPA Education Foundation website featuring the “Change Your Game” video. This project was commissioned by our industry foundation to raise awareness of the rewarding career opportunities in machining, and manufacturing in general. We are targeting an audience combined of students, educators, parents, and elected officials. You can visit the website at http://changeyourgame.careers/. 

Celebrating Project Lead the Way Week in Wisconsin

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This week, Wisconsin is celebrating the statewide impact of Project Lead the Way (PLTW) on its schools, students, teachers, and economy. Gov. Scott Walker has officially proclaimed this week Project Lead the Way Week. Through PLTW curriculum, students not only learn technical skills, they learn to solve problems, think critically and creatively, communicate, and collaborate.

Looking Ahead at Precision Plus

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As we put Q1 of 2017 in the rearview mirror, what does Q2 look like going forward?

MORE, MORE AND BETTER!

More advanced machine tools, more talented people, and better results for our customers.

Let me first look back to the last quarter of 2016. Buyers leaned out their inventory as the world held its breath, watching the U.S. elections unfold. I can only characterize that time as one of overcapacity and uncertainty. This lethargic environment changed rapidly as we entered the new year, like a dragster coming off the line when the lights turn green.

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