Workforce board invests in Douglas County job training

The machine tool basics training program will prepare students for entry-level manufacturing jobs.

A tour of Fraser Shipyards prompted the Northwest Wisconsin Workforce Investment Board to create a free training program in Douglas County.
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SUPERIOR — The Northwest Wisconsin Workforce Investment Board is sponsoring a 12-week machine tool basics training course for participants eligible to the Support to Communities program.

The course runs from June 4 to Aug. 23, and is free to those who meet program eligibility criteria, according to a news release.

The machine tool basics course will assist Douglas County area employers to fill job vacancies, providing students with the basic knowledge and skills for entry-level jobs in the manufacturing field.

Students will learn the fundamentals of machining and print reading for manufacturing jobs. The curriculum includes print reading for machine trades, machine tool applications, OSHA 10 General Industry for Machine Tool, and CPR/AED/Basic First Aid, the news release said.

Students who complete the training will earn a certificate and be able to apply industry-recognized safety practices and procedures in the workplace. Credits earned from this training may be applied to the machine tool technical diploma at Northwood Technical College giving students an advantage if they decide to pursue further education.


The program is a partnership between the NWWIB and Northwood Technical College, which will provide the instruction.

In November, the Northwest Wisconsin business services team toured Fraser Shipyards and Lake Assault Boats, speaking directly to staff and the operations team. What they learned is that if applicants have the basic skills, senior team members and shop staff would be willing to teach the rest, the news release said.

“We wanted to create a program that would allow individuals to succeed as entry-level machinists right out of the program,” said Scott Schultz, director of industry and innovation for the NWWIB. “We also wanted individuals to have the option to pursue a full technical diploma if they so choose. Training options work for different people at different times in their lives, and the NWWIB and Northwood Technical College understand that and want the program to allow for individuals to choose what will work best for them.”

For more information about machine tool basics, contact Schultz at or 715-201-8493.

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