Germany Shines Bright for Accede’s Moldmaker
Being a seasoned moldmaker has its perks. As a lead moldmaker, one of the perks is the opportunity to travel for your position. Ken Whitney, a 19-year Accede Mold & Tool veteran, recently journeyed to Aachen, Germany, to conduct maintenance on a customer’s mold. Accompanying Ken this time was one of our finest and newest mold makers, Joe Grieco. Joe received his Moldmaker Certification by participating in the extensive and advanced Accede Machinist & Mold Maker Training Program.
ACCEDE prides itself on best-in-class mold building. Inclusive is the service and maintenance provided to our customers. A great way to continue this excellence is by promoting continued learning. Because of the German trip, Joe gained additional knowledge through Ken’s tutelage. Joe indicated, “Ken walked me through all the steps as we worked. This made me more comfortable asking questions. I better understand, for example, how the dimensional aspects affect components all because of this opportunity.” According to a 2022 article titled, Top 5 Benefits of a Hands-on Learning Approach, there are definite benefits:
· More Program Material Is Retained.
· Students Become More Engaged and Want to Learn as Much as Possible.
· A Hands-on Learning Environment Develops Critical Thinking Skills.
· Real-World Experience and Knowledge from an Instructor Can Go a Long Way.
· Level of Use of the Materials and Equipment Increases.
For Ken, the experience gives him pride in knowing that future moldmakers have the talent and drive to continue this career path. “I enjoyed having Joe join me because it allowed me to share my knowledge. It was great to watch him pick up even the smallest things and apply them to our job.”
I asked Ken if he had any last words…”The future is bright.”