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Learning the ropes of the foundry industry

Abhishek Jayaraman has a Bachelor of Technology degree in Production Engineering. After graduating from PSG College of Technology in Coimbatore, he started reading up online about foundries and machine shops. His family owns a foundry business and he wanted to learn the ropes of the industry before joining them. After finding out about THORS courses online, he went ahead to successfully complete the Fixturing Fundamentals for Machining course. Here is an excerpt from our chat with this passionate and dedicated learner.

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Learning changes the culture of a company

Knowledge is power, and QA Manager Mike Long of Webster Industries, Inc. swears by this formula for the success and growth of the organization. We spoke to him and his colleague Jason Creeger, Foundry Production Supervisor, to find out how they have successfully implemented THORS courses at Webster.

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A cupola furnace supervisor’s experience with THORS

aband-foundry-oakland-california_image.jpgWe spoke with Enrique Ramirez from AB&I Foundry in Oakland, California to learn more about his experience using THORS. Ramirez was recently appointed Cupola Furnace Supervisor at this foundry that manufactures pipe fittings and custom castings. Read on to learn how he got the manufacturing knowledge he needed to excel at his new position. 

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THORS Spotlight: Sampada Inamdar, Dean of Anand University

Meet Sampada Inamdar, a science graduate who found her true passion in studying human behavior. This interest got her into a long and successful career in organizational and leadership development. Growing up, she changed 13 schools, owing to her father’s job in the Indian Defence Services. She had been involved with FMCG, consulting and of course, manufacturing. Read on for the inspiring success story of the Dean of Anand University and learn her take on education and learning in the manufacturing industry.

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Maven of the Month: Bill Andreski

bill_andreski.jpgWith over 25 years of experience in steel metallurgy, forging, heat treatment, and the manufacturing of gears and gear drives for industrial, marine, and wind markets, Bill Andreski is our Maven of the Month. 

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Straight out of college and in the right place

The newest addition to our course writing team, Benjamin Orr, talks about his experience developing his first course at THORS.shutterstock_143215912.jpg

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Maven of the Month: CAD expert Todd Wells

With over 23 years of working experience in the manufacturing industry, Todd Wells has served as principal consultant for Engineering Drawings for Machining and consulted on Measurement Concepts. Read on to find out about his career journey, passion for learning, and more.

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On the radar: A manufacturing leader who invests fearlessly in her employees

women in manufacturingMeet Angela Dine, President & CEO of St. Marys Foundry, a family owned business located in St. Marys, Ohio. In the current business climate, where downsizing is all too common among manufacturing companies, Dine is taking the company in the opposite direction. She believes in investing in and training her staff, especially in times of crisis. THORS spoke with this inspiring leader to gain insight into her approach to training.

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On the radar: A manufacturing leader who invests fearlessly in her employees.

Meet Angela Dine, President & CEO of St. Marys Foundry, a family owned business located in St. Marys, Ohio. In the current business climate, where downsizing is all too common among manufacturing companies, Dine is taking the company in the opposite direction. She believes in investing in and training her staff, especially in times of crisis. THORS spoke with this inspiring leader to gain insight into her approach to training.

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Knowledge gap stunting career growth? An engineer made sure it won’t.

With the onset of baby boomer retirements, knowledge gap is plaguing the manufacturing industry like never before. While multinational companies take forever to implement strategies to overcome this gap, their smaller counterparts are constantly looking for tools that fit their budget and generate results. Meet Abhishek Pathak, a Penn State grad who refused to let knowledge gap affect his career growth.