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Building Your Advanced Manufacturing Workforce in Georgia
All manufacturing businesses have one fundamental quality in common: You make things.
There’s one essential advantage Quick Start delivers for all of its manufacturing clients: We help you make things better.
The key is selecting and training the best-qualified workforce for your specific industry sector. That’s what Quick Start does for manufacturers that are creating new jobs in Georgia or that are investing in new technology to stay competitive in a challenging and rapidly evolving economy.
Today’s manufacturing workforce must have the right combination of technical skills, work ethic and motivation, and critical thinking and analytic aptitude, as well as a commitment to continuous improvement, if they are to succeed in the 21st century manufacturing environment. If they succeed, you succeed.
Your success is Quick Start’s goal.
Comprehensive training for advanced manufacturing
Quick Start has extensive experience developing training for manufacturing operations across a wide range of industry sectors, such as aviation, automotive, plastics, composites, metals, energy, electronics, food processing, paper and pulp, and chemicals.
And we deliver it all free-of-charge for qualified companies.
We have developed state-of-the-art training in the required skill sets for advanced manufacturing in addition to core skills such as quality and safety, precision measurement, process overview, and assembly.
And, of course, our professional Quick Start teams are experts at analyzing your needs, assessing your job types, and delivering completely customized, job-specific training that targets your processes and technology.
A systems approach to training
Every training plan, course and sequence of courses in Quick Start’s advanced manufacturing training is designed with an integrated, stair-step training structure. These “steps” to higher performance take employees from classroom to laboratory to real-world skill application.
Quick Start works with industry-leading advanced manufacturing companies and is continually mastering the latest technologies and business practices. If you need to transfer a process or technology from another location to Georgia, we do that, too.
We can travel to the best location to document and capture the information you need, and we partner with you to turn that information into effective, comprehensive training.
Quick Start is your partner for success in advanced manufacturing.
Nothing works better for understanding the organization of a sprawling, complex manufacturing operation than a bird’s-eye view. And if the training plan calls for it, Quick Start’s media team makes it their mission to get it.
So, to get an aerial shot to use in training new employees on the function and layout of multiple buildings that make up Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG) in West Point, Quick Start’s media team went where no Quick Start team has gone before — sky high.
Strapping equipment into a door-less helicopter, Quick Start’s David Bolton and William Earle picked a clear day and defied gravity, looping around and above the KMMG facility to capture both the plant and the picturesque Troup County landscape.
“Just another day at the office,” said Bolton, manager of the media production team.
“When your office is as small as a restaurant booth.”
For the aerial shot, at least it was warm outside.
Another recent training shoot took the team inside Nordic’s cold storage facility in Pooler, Ga., where temperatures reached -20°F. The video equipment — much of which contains hydraulics and sensitive electronics and glass, didn’t like it.
“The fluid in the tripods froze slushy and stiff.” says Pat Smith, a Quick Start video producer. “The display screens on the cameras began reacting sluggishly.”
Any glasses-wearers who have gone inside a warm house after time outside on a winter’s day, know what happens next.
“We were shooting in the humidity of Pooler, Ga., in July,” Smith continues.
“To minimize condensation on our cameras after they were removed from the below freezing temperatures, we wrapped them in cold towels, put them in coolers and move them to the loading dock.”
Much better, right?
“Like a day at the beach,” Smith adds. “The loading dock was a mild 32 degrees.”
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Quick Start has designed and runs a training facility at nearby Athens Technical College where all employees have been receiving training in hands-on skills and the principles of the Caterpillar Production System. The availability of such state-of-the-art training was one reason Caterpillar chose to build in Georgia, according to operations manager Todd Henry.
“Thanks to Quick Start and Athens Technical College for partnering with us to develop truly world-class training programs and facilities for our new employees. The grand opening was a great day for Georgia and Caterpillar, but the best is yet to come as we embark on a journey to provide the world with the highest quality machines, built right here in the state of Georgia by Caterpillar employees with Georgia pride.”
“I can’t get the smile off my face!” said Doug Oberhelman, Caterpillar chairman and CEO, kicking off the grand opening celebration for his company’s new manufacturing facility in Athens, Ga. The reason? “This team delivered this plant on time and under budget.”
Gov. Nathan Deal also was on hand for the event. “We’re on a roll, folks!” Deal said. “This is an example of regional cooperation in Georgia.”
Joining Deal and Oberhelman on stage were Nancy Denson, Athens-Clarke County mayor; Melvin Davis, Oconee County Board of Commissioners chairman; Mary Bell, Caterpillar Building Construction Products Division vice president; Todd Henry, Caterpillar Athens operations manager; and Teresa Curtis, Caterpillar project manager, who served as emcee.
The 850,000-square-foot facility will produce small track-type tractors and mini hydraulic excavators. Caterpillar is expected to employ 1,400 people once fully operational and estimates another 2,800 full-time jobs created to support the direct and indirect supply base anticipated to locate in the region.
Speakers praised the collaborative support of the local communities for achieving such a noteworthy accomplishment.
“Georgia means business when it comes to supporting business,” CAT’s Bell said, thanking those who had helped make the startup possible, including Quick Start. “I don’t know how many of you realize what a gem [Quick Start] is that we have in Georgia,” she added. “It’s been critical to our success.”
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