Making sure that the workers who handle your machining equipment can use it efficiently, effectively and safely is important.

Hands-on time with the kit can of course help build experience and understanding, but it is better to formalize training to make progress.

With that in mind, here are just a few tips to follow if you want to focus your training efforts and achieve the desired results.

Consider the equipment

Whether you have purchased your tools new or snapped them up from a machine sale, you need to make sure that any employees who will be harnessing them are trained in the specific use of the equipment in question.

While machining skills are transferable to an extent, there are quirks and features of individual units that need to be considered and encompassed by training. It is not enough to assume that just because a team member knows how to use a particular make and model of a lathe, they will be adept in the deployment of a milling machine, metal press, or equivalent piece of equipment.

Prioritize safety

With workplace accidents on the rise, it has never been more important for business owners to take safety seriously. This is especially applicable if you run a workshop or other manufacturing business where machining takes place since the age of CNC tools and increased automation can breed complacency when it comes to safety.

Just because operators are not always required to get as up close and personal with the equipment they use as in bygone decades, you should not neglect the need to train every employee in line with current safety standards.

This is not just about protecting permanent members of the working staff, but also any other site visitors. You must also do your bit by supplying adequate PPE for those workers and visitors who need it.

Check accreditation

There are many training courses available for machinists from various providers. Choosing the best course can be a major challenge. The key is to find the top contender in the field.

To simplify this, focus on the course’s accreditation, backing, and reputation. It’s wise to choose courses supported by recognized bodies. Examples include the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) and the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA).

Choosing such courses offers several benefits. Workers gain relevant skills and experience from these courses. But, the benefits extend beyond practical skills. Your business gains too. Operations with trained, accredited employees impress prospective clients. This is crucial for business growth.

Regular training is sensible

You might think that once trained, team members don’t need more instruction. But, this isn’t true in reality. Continued training is beneficial for the team.

This is necessary because technologies and industry standards often change. The original training becomes outdated. It needs updating with the latest developments.

It’s key to keep machinists well-trained throughout their careers. As a decision-maker, don’t underestimate training’s importance.