An Outright Exemplary Shop | Skillcraft Machine Shop Tour

May 6, 2022 11:10 am


We’re talking 836 flame cut to Inconel, layout inspectors and remarkable company culture at this aircraft support equipment manufacturing company. Welcome to Skillcraft Machine Tool where leadership prioritizes the work culture and environment of their employees. Their objective is to ensure their machinists have everything they need to do a great job. That includes everything from hard and soft skills, to healthy communication styles and leading by motivating.

Like most in the metalworking industry these days, Skillcraft needs established machinists. With 30 employees and growing, their solution has been their started apprenticeship program. That’s the future for Skillcraft, training up their employees through an in house apprenticeship program.

Alright now some technical, in this 20,000 square foot facility the focus is low volume parts. All programming is happening at the machine. Why? The volume is low and there isn’t repeat work so it works best. Doesn’t make sense to add upfront cost. Downside? Hard to find people who can make a part with only one try. They only get one shot. Machinists at Skillcraft might go from a chuck set up to a collet setup back to a collet setup all in one day.

Workflow and organization is huge at Skillcraft. Everything is standardized to be the most efficient they possibly can. From their station tooling, inspection equipment and even inside the machines.

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