Education & Training

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Schedule at-a-glance
A list of courses offered by NADCA in chronological order.

Course Descriptions
A list of courses taught at NADCA and in-plant classes. Click on each course to view the description containing information regarding textbooks, materials used and other.

Certification Program
A complete text featuring what steps are necessary to attain Certification from NADCA. Course electives and requirements are listed.

Biographies and photographs of individuals who instruct NADCA's courses and in-plant conferences. An excellent introduction to the caliber of people NADCA utilizes for its education programs.

Local Courses
There are NADCA education and training chapters located throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Chapters are an extension of NADCA's education and training, and most offer selected NADCA national courses and programs locally . . . thus, expanding the technology transfer opportunities for every die caster. Chapters also offer a range of other technological and operational education programs specifically selected and tailored to the needs of die casters and suppliers in their chapter areas.

In-Plant Programs
All NADCA programs, courses and installations can be brought to the worksite for presentation. The cost in savings and scheduling advantages can be substantial!

In-House Programs
NADCA is now offering the "In-House Training Program for Operators and Technicians!" The In-House approach responds to the need of die casters to have control of the schedule, content and cost of training. It is a multi-module program that is highly cost-effective.

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  • October 22 2019
    National Courses 10/22/2019 National Courses run from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. Course registration fee includes breakfast, luch and course materials. If you have any dietary restrictions please contact Melisa Ryzner, CMP at
    NADCA Offices are located in the 100 wing on the North East side of the buidling.
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  • November 12 2019
    SMED Motivation and Concept 11/12/2019 Die set ups in under 10 minutes. This is the concept that is SMED. Why is this a worthy goal? How could it ever be possible? In this part, the motivation and approach to SMED will be covered. Also, time will focus on understanding internal and external operations. Attendees will be given strategies for timing and recording current setup practices. Later webinar portions will cover how to analyze the recorded setup data. Add to Calendar
  • November 13 2019
    SMED the Systematic Approach 11/13/2019 4 steps make up the SMED approach. This webinar will focus on describing the 4 steps. Strategies and examples will be given for each of the four steps. Analysis tools will be described to help attendees implement these 4 steps in their continuous improvements of die setup times. Add to Calendar
  • November 14 2019
    SMED Analyzing and Improving 11/14/2019 This final webinar in the series will cover specific strategies that can quickly start your plant on the path to faster setups. Concepts of 5 s and waste elimination will be covered. Also using the 5 why' and spaghetti diagrams. All these concepts will be introduced to provide tools for successful implementation of the SMED concept. Add to Calendar
  • November 19 2019
    Die Release Agents 1 11/19/2019 Coming soon Add to Calendar
  • November 26 2019
    Die Release Agents 2 11/26/2019 Coming soon Add to Calendar
  • December 3 2019
    Minimizing Linear Dimensional Variations 12/03/2019 The factors that impact variation of linear dimensions for die castings will be described. Major influences include variations in die temperature and changes in the temperature the castings are ejected from the die. Add to Calendar
  • December 4 2019
    Minimizing Cross-Parting Line Dimensional Variations 12/04/2019 A number of additional factors can impact cross-parting line dimensional variations, and these will be discussed in this webinar. Add to Calendar
  • December 5 2019
    Minimizing Die Shift and Warpage 12/05/2019 Other factors that influence dimensional variation will be covered in the final webinar, including die shift and warpage. Add to Calendar


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