Siemens opens $2 million training center for customers – Manufacturing News

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8 August 2017 | 7:07 pm

Siemens, the German manufacturing conglomerate, has opened a $2 million center in Elk Grove Village to train customers’ employees in computer-controlled machining.

Manufacturers have said for years they find it hard to hire skilled employees.‚Äč Some researchers say this is the result of an industry that stopped investing in workers: laying them off, moving jobs offshore and cutting training programs. A wave of baby boomer retirements is expected to exacerbate the problem. So small and midsize manufacturers now are searching for resources to train employees, a need Siemens’ center plans to address.

The 3,150-square foot center has two classrooms, three machines for milling and one for turning, and one remote-controlled robot. The company chose to build it in Chicago because “a lot of these job shops who are our customers are located in Chicago,” said John Meyer, manager of marking communications for the company’s motion control division. The center will also be used to train instructors participating in Siemens training programs aimed at high school students. The five-day course should train about 2,500 workers and instructors annually.

The company has a similar training center in Germany and two in Asia, but this is the first in North America, Meyer said.

Siemens employs about 3,200 workers in the Chicago area, with 1,500 in its health care business in Hoffman Estates. The company’s building technologies division has a footprint in Buffalo Grove, and part of the digital factory division is in Elk Grove Village.



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