Education & Training

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

Course Descriptions
Brief, detailed descriptions of courses taught at NADCA and in-plant classes. Each description also contains 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.

Change View
  • April 19 2018
    Predicting and Measuring Porosity 04/19/2018 Achieve reduced porosity through adequate measurement and prediction. This course will discuss different ways to predict porosity. In addition it will explain some basics of digital porosity measurement. Any successful porosity reduction program must include porosity prediction and measurement. The following topics are addressed in this : -Porosity Prediction 1. Why you cannot ignore shrink porosity 2. Porosity Simulations 3. Estimate Porosity with your current Simulations 4. Melt Cleanliness 5. Part Design - Basic of measuring 1. NADCA Product specification standard 2. Basics of Digital Measurement 3. CT scanning Add to Calendar
  • April 26 2018
    Developing Value Streams 04/26/2018 Shops are ripe with opportunity to improve their layouts through a data-driven approach. Whether building a new facility, consolidating existing ones, or trying to identify layout opportunities within an existing plant, shops can and should use their data to identify opportunities. This webinar will cover the steps a shop can take to: extract their data, analyze and prioritize that information, and translate their findings into value streams or work cells in their facility. Add to Calendar
  • May 2 2018
    How To Find Veterans To Fill Your Jobs 05/02/2018 When it comes to finding veterans, it pays to network in the right places, engage with the right people, and provide the right information to attract veterans. " How military employment transition referral teams work with employers " How to engage with veteran employment transition counselors in the military and state workforce centers to increase good referrals " How career information and job postings tailored to veterans can attract more candidates " Interpreting military candidate skills and experience accurately - focusing beyond the Military Occupational Specialty - "MOS" " Avoiding interview mistakes that cause qualified veterans to be rejected " How GI Bill Educational Benefits can be used for on-the-job training " And more … Add to Calendar
  • May 8 2018
    Advanced Operator Training: The Operator's Role in Operating 05/08/2018 While every die cast machine may have its own unique set of controls based on its age and the specifications to which it was built, they all have similar elements that are used to operate them. This course will identify the basic components of the die cast machine and the conditions that are necessary to safely operate the machine. Add to Calendar
  • May 9 2018
    Advanced Operator Training: Process Control for Operators: C 05/09/2018 The foundation of controls theory will be discussed, and the common methods of control reviewed. Statistical Process Control (SPC) will be introduced after the normal distribution is presented and its importance to SPC explained. Add to Calendar
  • May 10 2018
    Advanced Operator Training: Process Control for Operators: W 05/10/2018 Building on the foundation of the normal distribution, the importance of SPC will be established, and then common control charts will be defined. Multiple examples will be given so the operator can learn how to interpret the charts and respond appropriately. Add to Calendar
  • May 15 2018
    Advanced Operator Training:Becoming Familiar With Casting Al 05/15/2018 A broad based knowledge of the die cast process and the variables that influence it is essential to become a valuable asset to your company as a die cast machine operator. This 8-part course series is designed to touch on topics that will help you understand the goals of the process, tooling, quality and melt departments. With this knowledge right at the cell, you will be better able to troubleshoot the process and make decisions that are consistent with those departments, and ultimately help your company provide continuous improvement for your customer. Add to Calendar
  • May 16 2018
    Advanced Operator Training:Understanding Die Steel and What 05/16/2018 Die steel properties and acceptance criteria as well as the heat treatment cycle and QA provisions are to be described in this course. This is so operators understand what provides longevity to dies and what degrades dies in operation. Add to Calendar
  • May 17 2018
    Advanced Operator Training:Why Control of Shot Sleeve Distor 05/17/2018 By now operators know the importance of the shot profile and what can happen to casting quality if deviation from the prescribed profile occurs. Distortion of sleeves causes sticking or seizing. This course will describe how sleeves can distort and what the operator can do to help minimize distortion. Add to Calendar
  • May 22 2018
    Advanced Operator Training: How To Control the Process To Co 05/22/2018 Shrinkage porosity was described in the basic OTP series. This is intended as an extension of shrinkage and will describe other defects that can be caused by shrinkage and how they can be corrected. In addition, cracking can stem from ejection, quenching, trimming and mis-handling. These causes will also be described. Add to Calendar
  • May 23 2018
    Advanced Operator Training: Better Metal Handling At the Die 05/23/2018 This course describes where inclusions and cold flakes come from, what their impact is and what can be done to minimize their presence. Holding furnace control and cleaning, proper ladling and handling of metal and shot delay time will also be addressed. Add to Calendar
  • July 5 2018
    Hydraulic Seminar in Illinois 07/05/2018 Add to Calendar
  • July 24 2018
    Computer Modeling Seminar in Michigan 07/24/2018 Add to Calendar
  • August 8 2018
    Hydraulic Seminar in Michigan 08/08/2018 Add to Calendar


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