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Training corner: future work will demand adaptability.

What a worker brings to the party in terms of education, skills, self-reliance, and attitude is becoming more important than ever, according to Future Work, a World Future Society report authored by J F Coates Inc, a Washington, DC-based research firm.

The study says that most workers will have to learn new skills simply because "in the next five years, four out of five people in the industrial world will be doing jobs differently from the way they have been done in the last 50 years." One result: by the year 2000, 75% of all employees will need to be retrained in new jobs or taught fresh skills for their old ones, the report continues.

Corporate trainers will be looking for ways to make the best use of the time available for training, including "alternative and faster methods of delivering new skills and learning, such as interactive video, audiotapes, take-home videodiscs, computer-based instruction, and expert systems." For a copy of Future Work ($3), contact: World Future Society, 4916 Saint Elmo Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814.

Here are some programs that may help solve a training problem for you:

Quality training: Teams for Excellence is a ten-unit video-based training program that shows how to build quality-improvement teams and help keep them motivated and productive. Materials are presented in both video and printed form with pauses for interactive group activities, discussion, and team-practice exercises. Free preview kit is available from Technicomp Inc, 1111 Chester Ave, 300 Park Plaza, Cleveland, OH 44114 or by calling 800-735-4440.

Macro video course. Ten-hour Custom Macro intensive video course for trainees with understanding of manual programming techniques teaches how to use the most sophisticated features of manual programming. Specific techniques are given for version "A" and version "B" Custom Macro as it is applied to the Fanuc series of CNC controls. It discusses both turning-center and machining-center applications and can work for Yasnac and Mitsubishi/Meldas controls. Price: $797. CNC Concepts Inc, 1375 Rebecca Dr, Suite 419, Hoffman Estates, IL 60195; Phone: 708-882-295; Fax: 708-882-65.

OSHA chemical compliance.

Don't Be Alarmed, Be Aware is a new videotape for the contract metalworking industry that helps companies prepare a written chemical-hazard-communication plan that meets the employee-training requirements of Federal OSHA regulations. The 17-min videotape costs $89.95 for NTMA members and $179.95 for nonmembers. Also available from NTMA is Managing Chemical Hazards, an 18-min review for managers of the various environmental-and chemical-hazard laws that affect tooling and machining companies. Price: $29.95. Contact: NTMA's Publications Dept at 800248-6862.

College partnershipping. The Unified Technologies Center (UTC) of Cuyahoga Community College (Cleveland, OH) has become the first independent Certified Intergraph Training Center for Intergraph's mechanical design, engineering, and manufacturing software. The UTC has purchased seven Intergraph Series 6000 workstations and one server to run Intergraph's mechanical software products for its Manufacturing Resource Facility (MRF). The Intergraph computer-graphics systems provides hands-on manufacturing environments for demonstrations, education, and training. Through MRF, Northeast Ohio manufacturers can request demonstrations of the latest software and hardware, arrange for staff training, or contract for special projects. Contact Intergraph Corp, Huntsville, AL 35894-0014; Phone: 205-730-8302; Fax: 205-730-8300.

Computer-based training. Software products have been developed to train and troubleshoot PLC and CNC applications in the automation industry for maintenance personnel. Software has been developed for AllenBradley 8200 CNCs, Allen-Bradley PLC-5, Fanuc CNC servodrives, and Modicon 984 units. Firm has marketing agreements with Taylor Industrial Software for PLC products, and GE Fanuc Automation for CNC products. Contact Paragon Technologies Inc, 8383 Mentor Ave, Mentor, OH 44060; Phone: 216255-8343; Fax: 216-255-8242.
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Date:Sep 1, 1991
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