Die Cad Receives U.S. Department of Labor Accreditation for Die Design Apprenticeship Program

Die Cad Group, Inc., a business specializing in the simulation and design of metal stamping line dies, transfer dies, progressive dies, and blank dies for the automotive, off-highway, furniture and white goods industries, received U.S.Department of Labor (USDOL) accreditation for its die design apprenticeship program on Sept.9, 2015.

“Achieving USDOL certification is a significant step to meeting our goal of being able to developand train the next generation of tool and die designers in-house” said Bobbie Blanton, president,Die Cad. Like other manufacturing companies Die Cad is concerned about the growing skillsshortage in the tool and die trade and the impact this shortage would have on their business.

“Being able to show high school and college students that there is a future in manufacturing andhow they can apply their computer skills in the area of die design has been very rewardingpersonally as well as a benefit to our company” said John Greenway, vice president, Die Cad.After years of declining apprenticeship participation the number of apprentices has increased to430,355 nationally according to the Department of Labor.

To earn a die design journeyman’s card an apprentice will spend four years and over 8,000 hours in classroom training as well as on the job training. The typical starting wage for a die design apprentice is $10.50 /hr. Upon successful graduation wages generally increase to $ 21.00 /hr. A designer with 8 to 10 year experience and a journeyman’s card could expect to make $26.00 /hr.

Additionally, Die Cad was recently announced as a Harbour IQTM, Basic-level Partner by Harbour Results, Inc., a leading business and operational consultant firm for the manufacturing industry.

Harbour IQ is the global source for performance benchmarking, trends, and financial and operational data for the tool and die industry. Partners and participants have access to relevant data and information that can be aggregated and queried into custom reports as well as manufacturing trend reports, white papers and various other technical reports. Harbour IQ unlocks the key to never-before-seen data and information critical to manufacturers in developing a successful long-term business strategy while managing the day-to-day business.

“We are excited to have Die Cad as a part of Harbour IQ,” said Laurie Harbour, president and CEO, HRI. “Their tooling design and apprenticeship experience, expertise and knowledge will be beneficial to the Harbour IQ participants.”

About Harbour Results, Inc.:

Harbour Results, Inc. a leading business and operational consultant firm for the manufacturing industry offers operational and strategic advisory expertise, and proprietary assessment programs to help optimize a businesses performance. Focused on small- to medium-sized manufacturers, many of which are family owned or privately held, HRI utilizes its knowledge, experience and relationships to build upon the established foundation with sound strategies and operational improvement. Headquartered in Southfield, Michigan, Harbour Results was founded in 2005 by industry analyst Laurie Harbour. Today, the Harbour Results team is comprised of manufacturing experts, and clients also have exclusive access to Harbour Results’ network of partner companies and worldwide resources. For more information visit, harbourresults.com, Twitter or LinkedIn.

For more information on Harbour IQ or to become a member contact Harbour Results Inc. at 248-552-8000.

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