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Do You Need CNC Programmers?  We're Recruiting & Training Youth Right Now To Fill Your Needs – Your Current Employees and/or New Hires

Ontario’s advanced manufacturing industry is growing. We're adding full-time, well-paid jobs month over month, and exports continue to increase for innovative, competitive ‘Made in Canada’ goods. But many Ontario advanced manufacturing companies are finding it hard to get skilled people to meet their growing production schedules.

Nowhere is that more apparent than in the talent shortage of capable CNC Programmers.

That's where we come in. We are the OMLC, and we've created an industry-led consortium to tackle this challenge head on.

We are inviting advanced manufacturing companies like yours to participate in the CNC Programmer Selection and Learning Program – an industry-led program designed to upgrade the skills and knowledge of your current youth employees who have the potential to become good CNC Programmers. Alternatively, we will find talented and hardworking youth who have the right ‘aptitudes and attitudes’ for this job and connect them with you, to be hired and trained as a CNC Programmer.

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Is This Your Organization?

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  • Do you need capable CNC Programmers to meet production demand and get your orders to your customers 100% on time and 100% to spec?
  • Do you have CNC equipment that is running below capacity or inefficiently because you can't hire the capable CNC Programmers you need?
  • Are you finding the recruiting process too time-consuming and painful?
  • Do you experience high drop-out rates when you try to hire and train on your own?
  • Is your HR team open to trying something new that will introduce you to great candidates you would not normally see?
  • Do you have experienced CNC Programmers who could be great trainers for your trainees – if they had the right support and a solid training program to guide them?
  • Would you like to hire people that have the right personal competencies, attitudes, aptitudes, and initiative?
  • Would you like to have an industry-developed learning program to help you train CNC Programmers?
  • Would you like to have government funding to help offset the costs on on-the-job learning?

If you answered yes to many of the questions above, then participating in the OMLC CNC Programmer Selection and Learning Program is right for your company!

The CNC Programmer Selection & Learning Program  - Good For Business!

The CNC Programmer Learning Selection and Learning Program has been designed to help companies like yours:

  • select current employees and/or hire new ones with confidence - getting the right candidates into needed CNC Programmer trainee roles
  • cut training / onboarding time by 50% by leveraging the industry-developed OMLC learning program
  • cut training costs by 50% by using the proven OMLC learning management process
  • access a $2,570 financial incentive per Certified trainee that contributes towards your costs for training e.g., trainer’s time instructing and coaching the trainee, conducting progress reviews, lower throughput while trainees are coming up to speed, etc.

The Results Speak For Themselves

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This program requires commitment from all sides to try something new - but the results to date have been exceptional. Participating companies are extremely happy with the results they are seeing in their upgraded employees and/or new hires.

In our first round of the OMLC CNC Machinist [Level 1] Selection and Learning Program in Fall 2014:

  • over 1,000 young people applied to join the program
  • over 300 eligible applicants were screened (interviewed and tested)
  • 78 candidates were hired as Trainees by participating companies in the OMLC program
  • over 80% of completing trainees achieved their Certification as a CNC Machinist [Level 1], and
  • over 95% of Certified CNC Machinists [Level 1] are continuing their employment with their participating company

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Options for Participating Companies

Participating companies may elect to hire and train CNC Programmers [Level 1] or may elect to train CNC Machinist / Programmers [Level 1].  Specifically, the options and the resulting OMCL Certifications are as follows:

Option A

  • Nominate an existing employee (age 18-29) or hire (via the OMLC selection process) a new employee (age 18-29) to be trained as a CNC Programmer. 
  • Certification:  OMLC CNC Programmer [Level 1]

Option B

  • Nominate an existing employee (age 18-29) who is already certified as an OMLC CNC Machinist [Level 1] to be trained as an OMLC CNC Programmer
  • Certification: OMLC CNC Machinist/Programmer [Level 1]

Option C:

  • Nominate an existing employee (age 18-29) who is NOT already certified as an OMLC CNC Machinist [Level 1] but who is judged to be capable of completing certification requirements for all relevant TLOs for an OMLC CNC Machinist [Level 1]
    • If the nominated employee completes all Certification tests ($1,000 cost), s/he joins the CNC Programming class
    • If the nominated employee does not successfully complete all Certification tests but is judged to be capable of doing so with accelerated training to fill ‘gaps’, OMLC will provide a tailored training program (approx. 1 week) prior to re-testing of ‘gap’ areas (possible additional cost TBD)
    • If the nominated employee then completes all Certification tests, s/he joins the CNC Programming class
    • Certification:  OMLC CNC Machinist/Programmer [Level 1]

    • If the nominated employee does not successfully complete all Certification tests and is judged to be NOT capable of doing so with accelerated training to fill ‘gaps’, s/he joins the CNC Programming class
    • Certification: OMLC CNC Programmer [Level 1]

Here's How The Program Works

1. OMLC Recruits & Attracts Youth To Apply For The Program

1. OMLC Recruits & Attracts Youth To Apply For The Program

Working with interested companies to identify current youth employees who are considered to have the potential to become good CNC Programmers AND/OR Working with our OMLC industry association partners and our partner social services agencies, through print, digital, and social media, this website and other outreach channels – we encourage youth who fit the right profile – the right personal characteristics, aptitudes and attitudes for a CNC Programmer – to apply.

We provide detailed information on the program, the job, the equipment, and the process - so they have a good overview of the CNC Programmer role. Interested youth apply to the program at www.manpower.ca


2. OMLC Partner - Manpower Group Screens & Interviews Applicants

2. OMLC Partner - Manpower Group Screens & Interviews Applicants

Through our partnership with Manpower, they interview and screen candidates. They put the candidates through a rigorous screening and interviewing process:

  • First, applicants are initially screened by completing a self-scoring instrument that asks them to respond to very direct questions about things they like to do and activities they are good at doing. All of these questions are directly related to competencies associated with success on the job.
  • Second, applicants that pass the first screening are invited to an initial interview that consists only of questions that focus directly on the competencies required to be successful in the job.
  • Third, if the applicant passes the initial interview, s/he moves on to a structured interview.
  • Fourth, the applicant then completes two objective, focused competency assessment tests.

On the basis of the objective data from the screening, the interviews, the tests, and the judgment of the interviewer and the OMLC – the decision is made about which applicants to accept as Trainees into the CNC Programmer learning program or to select as candidates to proceed to the interviews with participating companies to be hired as Trainees into the CNC Programmer learning program.


3. Your Company Interviews The Candidates

3. Your Company Interviews The Candidates

Your company interviews the screened candidates with the aid of the OMLC Interview Guidelines - and shows them around your facilities. You will be sent the OMLC Interview Guidelines in advance so you can be prepared for a great interview / discussion with your candidates, to confirm our assessment of the candidate's aptitudes and attitudes.


4. Your Company Hires One Or More Candidates

4. Your Company Hires One Or More Candidates

Your company hires one or more candidates. Hopefully, you will be interested in hiring one or more screened and selected candidate(s) as (a) CNC Programmer Trainee. Upon hiring the candidate(s), your company will begin to pay their salary from his/her first day of training and for the duration of the program.

At the end of the program, it is our hope that you will wish to continue to employ the successfully certified CNC Programmers full time in your company.


5. OMLC's Educational Partner Will Provide 17 Weeks of Classroom / Computer Lab Learning

5. OMLC's Educational Partner Will Provide 17 Weeks of Classroom / Computer Lab Learning

In three phases totalling 17 weeks 6 weeks – 4 weeks – 7 weeks), Trainees will learn the theory of programming CNC machines (mill and turning centers) and will acquire proficiency in programming in Mastercam X9.

They will acquire knowledge and skills in the following areas:

  • Blueprint Reading
  • Applied Math
  • Analyzing Job Orders
  • Determining the Right Approach
  • Writing Programs
  • Reading Code
  • Determining the Right Tools & Cutting Speeds
  • Determining Correct Tool Path

6. Your Company Will Provide 8 Weeks of On-The-Job Learning

6. Your Company Will Provide 8 Weeks of On-The-Job Learning

In three phases totalling 8 weeks (2 weeks – 3 weeks – 3 weeks), your Trainee will develop proficiency in programming the types of components produced by your company. The Trainer/Coach assigned by your company to work with the Trainee will review the OMLC CNC Programmer Technical Learning Outcomes with the Trainee, and be responsible for making sure your Trainee(s) is(are) progressing towards satisfactory mastery of them by the end of the on-the-job training period. OMLC will support your Trainee and their Trainer by providing:

  • Our OMLC Monitor / Coach who will visit your facilities regularly to meet with the Trainer and the Trainee to help them make good progress towards the Trainee’s mastery of all Technical Learning Outcomes.
  • A ‘Learning Contract’ system – online – that will enable your Trainer and Trainee to set learning objectives regularly and track progress by the Trainee in achieving mastery of the Technical Learning Outcomes.

7. OMLC Will Assess & Certify Successful Trainees - Now Capable & Productive Employees

7. OMLC Will Assess & Certify Successful Trainees - Now Capable & Productive Employees

At the end of the learning program, the OMLC will assess the trainee's mastery of the OMLC Technical Learning Outcomes for a CNC Programmer based on:

  • Successful passing of tests administered during the 17-week classroom training (theory and software proficiency)
  • Demonstrating to an OMLC assessor that the Trainee can generate, review, troubleshoot, correct and improve CNC machining programs while meeting all required safety and quality standards. This outcome will be assessed by having the OMLC Assessor visit your firm and observe the Trainee performing various CNC programming functions
  • Demonstration by the Trainee of his/her ability to generate a successful program simulation by completing a simulated program

Trainees who successfully pass all OMLC requirements will be awarded their OMLC Certificate as a CNC Programmer [Level 1]. Those Trainees who excel in meeting these requirements will be recognized ‘with Distinction’.

Those Trainees who have also achieved Certification as an OMLC CNC Machinist [Level 1] will be awarded their OMLC Certificate as a CNC Machinist / Programmer [Level 1].  Those Trainees who excel in meeting both these requirements will be recognized ‘with Distinction’.




These Companies Are Already Benefiting From The CNC Learning Program!

  • cyclone
  • exco
  • hibar
  • noranco

 


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