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"Using Technology and Training to Lower Product Cost" - LA Chapter Mtg

The Aerospace & Defense Forum

Friday, November 15, 2013 from 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM (PST)

"Using Technology and Training to Lower Product Cost"...

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Using Technology and Training to
Lower Product Cost

Guest Presenter:

Joe Klocko

Two factors threaten California A&D suppliers - a shortage of qualified engineers and machinists and lower labor costs in competitive countries.


The engineer and machinists shortage is caused two forces.  The GenX generation (age roughly 30-50) is significantly smaller than the Boomer generation which preceded it and the Millennials who followed it.  Making this situation worse, engineering and manufacturing are not primary interests of GenX'rs, who preferred internet start-ups or rewarding financial careers, or of Millennials, who want a career where they can make a difference (and they don't see engineering or manufacturing in that category - at least not yet). 


The U.S. is, and for the foreseeable future is expected to remain, one of the most productive countries in the world.  But this competitive advantage will be sustained only if we maintain and grow our productivity advantage.  A highly trained and highly productive workforce is the key to the success of manufacturing in the U.S. and to your company's success.

Fortunately, the State of California is has created programs to help California manufacturers have the highly trained workforce they need now and in the future.


The California Community College system, and its Centers for Applied Competitive Technology, represent a great untapped resource for you to prepare your highly trained workforce of the future.  Come hear how your company can engage with the state-wide CACT network for low cost workforce training and technology introduction services to increase your global competitiveness.    




Over the course of his career, Joe Klocko's experience has included executive positions at privately-held and Fortune 200 companies and has covered the disciplines of general management, operations, manufacturing, information systems, business development, strategic planning and finance. He has had responsibility for facilities in North America, the Asia/Pacific, the United Kingdom and continental Europe.

Currently, Joe is the Director, Center for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT) hosted by College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, CA. In this position, he also serves as the Regional Director, Advanced Manufacturing for the California Community College's Economic and Workforce Development program. The center delivers training and education in the areas of Computer Aided Design (CAD), Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) and Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machining. The CACT also evaluates emerging manufacturing and engineering technologies to assist companies in deploying these technologies within their organizations to enhance their competitive position in a global economy.

Prior to joining the college, Joe held the position of President and COO of Tactair Fluid Controls, Inc., a privately held aerospace
and defense manufacturer. He has also held senior management positions at Textron Inc. and AlliedSignal Inc. (now Honeywell) where he served a worldwide customer base including tier one and tier two aerospace and industrial original equipment manufacturers as well as U.S. and international airlines and defense organizations. 
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When & Where

Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Mitchell
1900 Avenue of the Stars
7th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90067

Friday, November 15, 2013 from 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM (PST)

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