b'Click Class accelerated the amount of knowl- online training.edge leaving the workforce through risk mitigation, illness and death. Recipe for Successcenter, he said Mazak customersWe dont know the effects justWith its motto of Be a Better avoid releasing the worker for ayet of this recent downturn andCNCer, CNC Cookbook Inc. of-week, which might cause a produc- the most recent exit of the work- fers free online courses and guides tion problem if an emergency arisesforce, Gentry said, but I believe itto help established metalworking on the shop floor. However, keep- is going to be even wider than it wasprofessionals and hobbyists, as well ing students focused and engagedtwo, three years ago. We will defi- as people new to the trade, im-in the class is critical to learning thenitely see an uptick in on-demand,prove their skills, said Bob Warfield, material, he said.A major consideration for partic-ipating in remote training is to make sure the students can stay in class, Gentry said. In an emergency, you can pull them out, but we like to minimize those interruptions.He said the machine builders on-line, on-demand courses, which a student can take anytime day or night and require about 20 to 30 minutes to complete, arent subject to those types of demands and can be accessed repeatedly as refer-ence material. Those courses focus on basic instruction for machine setupandoperation;program-ming; and electrical, pneumatic and mechanical maintenance but have evolved over time to cover more Mazak-specific content, he said.If someone wants to learn online how to troubleshoot electrical cir-cuits, there is a ton of information on the internet, such as YouTube, that they can access and do that, Gentry said. We are trying to focus on information that they dont have readily available to them.Manufacturers always have faced the challenge of replacing institu-tional, or organizational, knowledge as older workers retire. Unexpectedly and unfortunately, the pandemic about the author Alan Richter is editor-at-large of CTE. Contact him at alanr@ ctemedia.com.ctemag.com/cteguide.com27Training.indd 27 5/14/21 2:05 PM'