Michael Ouellette, EditorClick image to enlargeby Michael Ouellette

 

Much of what we do here at Shop Metalworking Technology Magazine is based on technology and how to use it. It’s a good fit with our editorial mission of community service journalism—doing all we can to help boost metalworking and fabricating shops here in Canada. 

We believe in manufacturing as a driver for Canada’s economy, as it is one of the only economic segments that is built on truly adding value—manufacturers make incredible things out of relatively mundane raw materials.

Another focus for us is telling the story of metalworking in Canada, and this month is no different. 

In this issue, we are telling the story of women working in job shops. It’s a timely topic—hiring more women in industrial jobs is one of the best ways to fix the ongoing lack of skilled trades availability. And there is a push to attract more women into the trades, with groups such as CME, CTMA and CWB Association developing skills training and apprenticeship programs directly aimed at promoting women in trades. The government of Canada is investing money in boosting women business owners. However, researching this story showed us there is still work to be done. 

According to Statistics Canada, industrial sectors such as manufacturing, mining and resources and transportation and warehousing have some of the lowest concentrations of women-owned businesses in our economy. 

It’s not just ownership where women are underrepresented. The instructor of a first-year machinist program told me he probably averages one female student per semester. And images in media tend to promote old stereotypes of a woman’s role in the workplace—often shown in unrealistic working environments that would have failed even the basics of a workplace safety inspection. 

We have been covering the manufacturing sector long enough to know these instances don’t tell the story of women in industry, who are found working throughout manufacturing, from the front office to the shop floor. 

That’s why the intrepid writers at Shop went out and spoke to them. Our cover story in this issue looks at what got them interested in manufacturing, examines their goals and aspirations, and outlines their path from apprentice to executive. Not only are these women highly skilled at their jobs, they provide a different perspective and a competitive advantage in what is still a male-dominated industry. If you know a woman just starting her career, hopefully this story will give them inspiration. And if you are pondering hiring a woman for your next job opening, our cover story is confirmation that you are making an excellent choice. SMT

Choosing an annular cutter

There is more than one type of annular cutter for different alloys

When chatter is a good thing

by Tim Wilson

There is room for manufacturers to up their marketing game

Marketing a shop's capabilities to the right audience can make a real difference to the bottom line, but unfortunately many manufacturing businesses either don't know how to approach marketing, or consider it a low priority. That's too bad because there are some low-cost approaches that can bring impressive results. These include social media, which is poorly utilized in the sector.

Turn-milling benefits

by Andrei Petrilin

How turn-milling can increase cutting efficiency

Your business: Certified to fly

by Tim Wilson

Getting approval to machine aerospace parts worth the effort

What engineers found when they tore apart Tesla’s Model 3

Tesla's Model 3 boasts the best technology and motor of any electric vehicle, but a team of engineers in Detroit say there’s a major flaw in the car's design that's hurting Tesla's profit margins, according to Bloomberg Television.

Makino’s next generation vertical machining centres

Building on its PS-Series product line, Makino has introduced the next generation PS65 and PS105 vertical machining centres. Watch them in action here.

Multi-Tasking Machines in Gear Milling

by Mike Finn

A viable option for shops that machine more than just gears

Tech Talk from Iscar: face and shoulder milling in narrow and confined areas

Tech Talk from Iscar: face and shoulder milling in narrow and confined areas with Multi Master Face Milling Heads.

Selling Your Family Business

Selling a family business is a major decision that some might be considering as the economy transitions from recession to recovery.

7 Steps to probing accuracy

How to ensure you’re getting the most out of your machine probes

Watch your language

by Mary Scianna

People working in English dominant countries like Canada and the US take language for granted.

Welding Tech Tips: Robotic MIG gun selection

by Ryan Lizotte

Choose the right gun to optimize welding automation

Ways To Keep Your Waterjet Productive

by Jonathan Will

A proactive maintenance program will save you time and money

Shop thought - Educate your workers

To learn about new manufacturing technologies and educate your shop floor workers, does your company prefer to use online resources such as webinars, or does it send people off site to trade shows, conferences and seminars?

Manufacturing change

by Mary Scianna

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