Training and Events

Training and learning events enhance performance, innovation, engagement and motivation. Our publicly scheduled events have been designed to boost you or your teams’ skills for a variety of manufacturing-focused opportunities.

Are you looking for specific solutions and tools or would you like to bring VMEC into your company for a service or project tailored for your team or entire company?  VMEC works directly with organizations to develop capability in systems and people and to collaborate on events for the manufacturing community.  Contact Us to bring existing, tailored or new training to you.

Manufacturing Month

Manufacturing Month

Friday, October 4, 2024 and All Month Long!

Launched annually on the first Friday in October with events that continue throughout the month, MFG Day helps show the reality of modern manufacturing careers by encouraging thousands of companies and educational institutions around the nation to open their doors to students, parents, teachers and community leaders. MFG Day empowers manufacturers to come together to address their collective challenges so they can help their communities and future generations thrive.

It's not too early to plan your MFG Day event - which can take place ANY DAY in October.  See what we're planning below in 2024 and check back to see what additional plans we have in store for this exciting annual event!  

Save the Date! Thursday, October 10 - Advanced Manufacturing Day - Can You Make It? VMEC and The Generator Makerspace will be co-hosting this exciting event that focuses on the importance of careers in manufacturing; whether you're a high school student seeking your future employer or someone seeking a career change/ challenge, this event is for you!

Early stage planning for the day includes innovative design team challenges for students and workers who will utilize the Generator's wood, metal, sewing, jewelry, electronics studios as well as hosting speakers who are knowledgeable in the Advanced Manufacturing world and willing to share their journey to success and continuous learning. As information becomes confirmed, we will update this page - stay tuned and be sure to save October 10 on your calendar and pass the word!

Plan, Host, Find:
What you need to know about MFG Day/ Month 2024

Planning your MFG Day event Check out the dozens of ways you and your teams can host an event – webinars, toolkits and so much more are at your fingertips to plan your best manufacturing event ever! Since MFG Day’s main focus is careers in manufacturing, we highly encourage you to reach out to your local Career & Technical Education Center (CTE).  And be sure to register for FREE MFG Day Webinars.

Host An Event Registering your event contributes to the larger MFG Day phenomenon in a major way. The more events we know about, the more people we can say we’ve affected — which inspires more interest in manufacturing.  MFG Day makes a big impact in shifting the misconception of modern manufacturing.  Tell your story by opening your doors – physically or virtually – and hosting an event with students, parents, educators, media, community leaders and elected officials.  Registered events are reviewed for completeness and are generally made public within 24 hours after registrations are submitted.

Find An Event Check out what’s going on in the Green Mtn. State; be sure to type Vermont USA into the search field and plan to attend one or more events!

MFG Day is an initiative of The Manufacturing Institute, with the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association as a founding partner.  Check out any of the above links where many free resources and ideas are available to companies, organizations and educational institutions desiring to host special events.  You may also contact Robynn Albert, VMEC Marketing and Training Manager, (802) 793-2078 or [email protected] to discuss ideas for your company's event. 

VMEC Hosted/ Co-Hosted MFG Day/ Month 2023 Events – click here

VMEC Hosted/ Co-Hosted MFG Day/ Month 2022 Events – click here

VMEC Hosted/ Co-Hosted MFG Day/ Month 2021 Events – click here

Tooling U-SME

Tooling U-SME

With nearly 600 online classes, virtual labs, instructor-led training, certifications, apprenticeships, consulting and more, Tooling U-SME works with thousands of company industry leaders, including more than half of all Fortune 500® manufacturers, 1,000+ educational institutions across the country and more than half of the states in our MEP National Network.  

Manufacturers Are Able To:

  • Build a more capable, adaptable workforce with 24/7 flexibility
  • Close and add to targeted, foundational knowledge and skill gaps in real time
  • Free up your internal experienced, value creating, in-demand technical experts
  • Inspire individual, professional growth in a safe, self-paced, on-line environment

Technology and the Human Touch using Tooling U-SME and VMEC  Not only does Tooling U-SME deliver needed content, it delivers the latest technology.  Interactive online classes increase engagement and knowledge retention and a mobile app provides the ability to learn anytime, anywhere.

“Tooling U-SME has been an integral part of The Husky Machinist Academy. It supplemented our curriculum with detailed, well-paced classes on topics like grinding, G code, and tool offsets, and reinforced the students’ classroom learning. A bonus was teaching “time management” and “work prioritization skills” to the apprentices. It fits in nicely to the program and we would like to incorporate it into future versions of The Husky Machinist Academy.”
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Devon McGarry, Campus Recruiter/Talent Marketing Specialist, Husky Technologies™ 

Tooling U-SME and VMEC work together with you to identify the appropriate learning outcomes, and quickly customize paths and offerings to make the optimum impact for the company and the individuals. We add value to your training program by offering a blended and adaptive solution, providing input and follow-up to the selection of learning options, hands-on support and integration as needed. We excel in supporting adoption of new learning in your processes to ensure you get the maximum value from your training investment.

Click on the following topics to view ways we can help your organization in furthering your training needs and capabilities: 

Contact Carla Wuthrich, VMEC Director of Field Operations and People Development Lead, to review the Tooling U-SME curriculum and find out how we can help you to support your people and your company results through these cutting edge programs.

Food Safety Certification and Training Programs

Food Safety Certification and Training Programs

VMEC is pleased to announce that we have partnered with highly accredited and acclaimed food safety experts in their respective fields to offer our VT manufacturers food safety certifications and training programs. As someone whose livelihood depends on keeping Vermonters and others around our country and possibly international populations with the highest quality of food and beverage the Green Mtn. State has to offer, we bring to you several opportunities to engage in programs to further develop your company’s success as it relates to food safety.  

Cornell Dairy Foods Extension, the University of Idaho and Registrar Corp. are offering discounted programs in the form of certificates and CEUs (Continuing Education Units), virtual and in-person options ranging from a few hours to single day to multi-day courses. 

The topic offerings just to name a few are: HACCP accredited courses, Food Safety Planning, Business Planning, FSMA Preventive Controls, Good Manufacturing Practices for Food, SQF Quality Management Systems, Managing Performance, Marketing, Cleaning and Sanitation, Environmental Hazards.  There are many more valuable sessions that are geared to specific industries and topics. 

Please visit the links below to sign up for a course or courses that suit the needs of you and your company as they relate to food safety. They fill fast so if you see something that interests you, please register at your earliest convenience. Each organization’s registration link is provided below and payment will be through their websites. 

Cornell Dairy Foods Extension - To obtain the in-state (Vermont) discounted rate, please add “/VMEC” to your company name when registering and choose the in-state rate to be eligible for that level pricing; this applies for all Vermont food/ beverage producers. Questions? Contact Louise M. Felker, Program Coordinator, Cornell Dairy Foods Extension, [email protected]

Boise State - Idaho - Tech Help - To obtain a 10% discount off the final price of any of their events, insert coupon code “VMEC10” when prompted.  Questions? Contact Dr. Janna Hamlett, Asst. Professor & Food Processing Specialist, Tech Help, [email protected]

Registrar Corp. - To obtain a 25% discount off the final price of online training and downloadable templates, please contact Louis Prue, VMEC Business Advisor, or Robynn Albert, VMEC Marketing and Training Manager, and one of them will provide a promo code to be used during the check out process.  View the complete list of courses which contain links and short descriptions for VMEC-approved training opportunities hereQuestions? Contact Betsy Hsiao, Director of Food Safety Online Training, Registrar Corp., [email protected]

Intro to CONNEX VT and the Supply Chain Optimization and Intelligence Network (SCOIN)

June 13, 2024

Intro to CONNEX VT and the Supply Chain Optimization and Intelligence Network (SCOIN)

Zoom meeting • 12:00pm - 1:00pm • Free

Launched last summer, the Supply Chain Optimization and Intelligence Network (SCOIN) expands the MEP National Network’s scope from working primarily with individual companies to taking a more comprehensive approach to manufacturing supply chains. The initiative will help establish new MEP service offerings to provide manufacturers with what they need to improve existing supply chain networks and fill gaps in the supply chain. VMEC is the official representative of the MEP National Network in Vermont.

One key SCOIN service, CONNEX™ Vermont, is the Green Mountain State’s answer to your supply chain solution. Whether you’re a buyer or seller, this is the one-stop, secure, on-line platform that connects Vermont’s small manufacturers and suppliers in a single, searchable supply chain solution. 

Curious how to set up your CONNEX™ Vermont account? Have an account but want to learn more?  And what about all the benefits of SCOIN, such as scaling up your supplier scouting services, which helps organizations source domestic products and expand their capabilities as well as enhancing resilience and reducing supply chain vulnerabilities for manufacturers? 

This hour-long introductory session is just what you need to get you on the road to supply chain success; we’ll walk you through the benefits of joining Vermont’s supply chain network whether your focus is local or national.

Who Should Attend? Anyone and everyone interested in learning how to solve their company’s supply chain challenges. There is no cost to Vermont manufacturers to be part of either CONNEX™ Vermont or SCOIN. 

Mark O'Hearn, VMEC Business Growth Advisor - Supply Chain, will present this session. If this date and time do not work for you, feel free to view other offerings of the same topic being offered throughout 2024 or reach out to Mark directly to set up your own one-on-one session. 

Lean 101 – Lean Transformation

June 19, 2024

Lean 101 – Lean Transformation

Rutland Country Club, 275 Grove Street, Rutland • 8:00am - 3:00pm • $325 pp

We have streamlined our popular Lean 101 training opportunity to ensure it's applicable across all environments including manufacturing, administration, healthcare, government, services and much more.

Lean is a learning system that develops capability and adaptability in people and processes. Lean 101 workshops have created and reignited the spark for improvement in countless organizations in Vermont and across the globe. When paired with the commitment to further engage and develop employees at all levels, Lean has proven to result in the competitive edge that attracts customers, employees and investors.

VMEC’s Lean 101 with SEWBIZ simulation is a highly interactive workshop, like the well known BUZZ Electronics Lean 101 simulation. It integrates key fundamental learning points into three, integrated rounds of a simulated assembly business, SEWBIZ.  Participants experience directly the immediate and dramatic impact that Lean can have on how they feel, how they work and how their company performs. No previous experience is required. It is also suitable for Lean practitioners seeking a refresher.

Participants will begin this workshop as a new employee in a chaotic manufacturing company.  The results of SEWBIZ in the first round of simulation provide the basis on which Lean principles will be applied. Participants revisit the manufacturing environment and apply the Lean fundamentals that are taught “in the classroom”. Simple financial statements prepared after each round of the simulation show the impact of the improvements on a company’s bottom line. Lean Fundamentals covered include:

• Waste / Value added
• Flow vs. Overproduction
• Problem Solving & Improvement (PDCA, Kata)
• Standard work (TWI)
• Workplace organization (5S)
• Visual controls (Kanban)
• Plant layout & Point-of-use storage (POUS)
• Quick changeover (SMED)
• Batch size reduction (One Piece Flow)
• Quality at the source
• Pull systems, Supermarkets & 2-bin system
• Value Stream Mapping

Participants will walk away recognizing the 8 wastes and with an introduction to mindsets and methods that they can use to eliminate these wastes in their own companies, as they did at SEWBIZ. They will also recognize that they are each now part of the community of learners and benefactors of Lean in Vermont as well as across the world.

Questions? Contact VMEC Business Growth Advisor Louis Prue regarding the training and its content. 

NOTE: In order to ensure VMEC is offering the best business improvement programs to Vermont manufacturers and justify continued U.S. Dept. of Commerce funding for these services, participants may be asked to provide impact data and assessment through an impartial 3rd party survey firm 6 – 12 months after a VMEC-hosted public workshop.

Intro to CONNEX VT and the Supply Chain Optimization and Intelligence Network (SCOIN)

July 16, 2024

Intro to CONNEX VT and the Supply Chain Optimization and Intelligence Network (SCOIN)

Zoom meeting • 12:00pm - 1:00pm • Free

Launched last summer, the Supply Chain Optimization and Intelligence Network (SCOIN) expands the MEP National Network’s scope from working primarily with individual companies to taking a more comprehensive approach to manufacturing supply chains. The initiative will help establish new MEP service offerings to provide manufacturers with what they need to improve existing supply chain networks and fill gaps in the supply chain. VMEC is the official representative of the MEP National Network in Vermont.

One key SCOIN service, CONNEX™ Vermont, is the Green Mountain State’s answer to your supply chain solution. Whether you’re a buyer or seller, this is the one-stop, secure, on-line platform that connects Vermont’s small manufacturers and suppliers in a single, searchable supply chain solution. 

Curious how to set up your CONNEX™ Vermont account? Have an account but want to learn more?  And what about all the benefits of SCOIN, such as scaling up your supplier scouting services, which helps organizations source domestic products and expand their capabilities as well as enhancing resilience and reducing supply chain vulnerabilities for manufacturers? 

This hour-long introductory session is just what you need to get you on the road to supply chain success; we’ll walk you through the benefits of joining Vermont’s supply chain network whether your focus is local or national.

Who Should Attend? Anyone and everyone interested in learning how to solve their company’s supply chain challenges. There is no cost to Vermont manufacturers to be part of either CONNEX™ Vermont or SCOIN. 

Mark O'Hearn, VMEC Business Growth Advisor - Supply Chain, will present this session. If this date and time do not work for you, feel free to view other offerings of the same topic being offered throughout 2024 or reach out to Mark directly to set up your own one-on-one session. 

Intro to CONNEX VT and the Supply Chain Optimization and Intelligence Network (SCOIN)

August 14, 2024

Intro to CONNEX VT and the Supply Chain Optimization and Intelligence Network (SCOIN)

Zoom meeting • 2:00pm - 3:00pm • Free

Launched last summer, the Supply Chain Optimization and Intelligence Network (SCOIN) expands the MEP National Network’s scope from working primarily with individual companies to taking a more comprehensive approach to manufacturing supply chains. The initiative will help establish new MEP service offerings to provide manufacturers with what they need to improve existing supply chain networks and fill gaps in the supply chain. VMEC is the official representative of the MEP National Network in Vermont.

One key SCOIN service, CONNEX™ Vermont, is the Green Mountain State’s answer to your supply chain solution. Whether you’re a buyer or seller, this is the one-stop, secure, on-line platform that connects Vermont’s small manufacturers and suppliers in a single, searchable supply chain solution. 

Curious how to set up your CONNEX™ Vermont account? Have an account but want to learn more?  And what about all the benefits of SCOIN, such as scaling up your supplier scouting services, which helps organizations source domestic products and expand their capabilities as well as enhancing resilience and reducing supply chain vulnerabilities for manufacturers? 

This hour-long introductory session is just what you need to get you on the road to supply chain success; we’ll walk you through the benefits of joining Vermont’s supply chain network whether your focus is local or national.

Who Should Attend? Anyone and everyone interested in learning how to solve their company’s supply chain challenges. There is no cost to Vermont manufacturers to be part of either CONNEX™ Vermont or SCOIN. 

Mark O'Hearn, VMEC Business Growth Advisor - Supply Chain, will present this session. If this date and time do not work for you, feel free to view other offerings of the same topic being offered throughout 2024 or reach out to Mark directly to set up your own one-on-one session. 

Lean 101 – Lean Transformation

August 21, 2024

Lean 101 – Lean Transformation

Rutland Country Club, 275 Grove Street, Rutland • 8:00am - 3:00pm • $325 pp

We have streamlined our popular Lean 101 training opportunity to ensure it's applicable across all environments including manufacturing, administration, healthcare, government, services and much more.

Lean is a learning system that develops capability and adaptability in people and processes. Lean 101 workshops have created and reignited the spark for improvement in countless organizations in Vermont and across the globe. When paired with the commitment to further engage and develop employees at all levels, Lean has proven to result in the competitive edge that attracts customers, employees and investors.

VMEC’s Lean 101 with SEWBIZ simulation is a highly interactive workshop, like the well known BUZZ Electronics Lean 101 simulation. It integrates key fundamental learning points into three, integrated rounds of a simulated assembly business, SEWBIZ.  Participants experience directly the immediate and dramatic impact that Lean can have on how they feel, how they work and how their company performs. No previous experience is required. It is also suitable for Lean practitioners seeking a refresher.

Participants will begin this workshop as a new employee in a chaotic manufacturing company.  The results of SEWBIZ in the first round of simulation provide the basis on which Lean principles will be applied. Participants revisit the manufacturing environment and apply the Lean fundamentals that are taught “in the classroom”. Simple financial statements prepared after each round of the simulation show the impact of the improvements on a company’s bottom line. Lean Fundamentals covered include:

• Waste / Value added
• Flow vs. Overproduction
• Problem Solving & Improvement (PDCA, Kata)
• Standard work (TWI)
• Workplace organization (5S)
• Visual controls (Kanban)
• Plant layout & Point-of-use storage (POUS)
• Quick changeover (SMED)
• Batch size reduction (One Piece Flow)
• Quality at the source
• Pull systems, Supermarkets & 2-bin system
• Value Stream Mapping

Participants will walk away recognizing the 8 wastes and with an introduction to mindsets and methods that they can use to eliminate these wastes in their own companies, as they did at SEWBIZ. They will also recognize that they are each now part of the community of learners and benefactors of Lean in Vermont as well as across the world.

Questions? Contact VMEC Business Growth Advisor Louis Prue regarding the training and its content. 

NOTE: In order to ensure VMEC is offering the best business improvement programs to Vermont manufacturers and justify continued U.S. Dept. of Commerce funding for these services, participants may be asked to provide impact data and assessment through an impartial 3rd party survey firm 6 – 12 months after a VMEC-hosted public workshop.

Intro to CONNEX VT and the Supply Chain Optimization and Intelligence Network (SCOIN)

September 12, 2024

Intro to CONNEX VT and the Supply Chain Optimization and Intelligence Network (SCOIN)

Zoom meeting • 10:00am - 11:00am • Free

Launched last summer, the Supply Chain Optimization and Intelligence Network (SCOIN) expands the MEP National Network’s scope from working primarily with individual companies to taking a more comprehensive approach to manufacturing supply chains. The initiative will help establish new MEP service offerings to provide manufacturers with what they need to improve existing supply chain networks and fill gaps in the supply chain. VMEC is the official representative of the MEP National Network in Vermont.

One key SCOIN service, CONNEX™ Vermont, is the Green Mountain State’s answer to your supply chain solution. Whether you’re a buyer or seller, this is the one-stop, secure, on-line platform that connects Vermont’s small manufacturers and suppliers in a single, searchable supply chain solution. 

Curious how to set up your CONNEX™ Vermont account? Have an account but want to learn more?  And what about all the benefits of SCOIN, such as scaling up your supplier scouting services, which helps organizations source domestic products and expand their capabilities as well as enhancing resilience and reducing supply chain vulnerabilities for manufacturers? 

This hour-long introductory session is just what you need to get you on the road to supply chain success; we’ll walk you through the benefits of joining Vermont’s supply chain network whether your focus is local or national.

Who Should Attend? Anyone and everyone interested in learning how to solve their company’s supply chain challenges. There is no cost to Vermont manufacturers to be part of either CONNEX™ Vermont or SCOIN. 

Mark O'Hearn, VMEC Business Growth Advisor - Supply Chain, will present this session. If this date and time do not work for you, feel free to view other offerings of the same topic being offered throughout 2024 or reach out to Mark directly to set up your own one-on-one session. 

Intro to CONNEX VT and the Supply Chain Optimization and Intelligence Network (SCOIN)

October 8, 2024

Intro to CONNEX VT and the Supply Chain Optimization and Intelligence Network (SCOIN)

Zoom meeting • 10:00am - 11:00am • Free

Launched last summer, the Supply Chain Optimization and Intelligence Network (SCOIN) expands the MEP National Network’s scope from working primarily with individual companies to taking a more comprehensive approach to manufacturing supply chains. The initiative will help establish new MEP service offerings to provide manufacturers with what they need to improve existing supply chain networks and fill gaps in the supply chain. VMEC is the official representative of the MEP National Network in Vermont.

One key SCOIN service, CONNEX™ Vermont, is the Green Mountain State’s answer to your supply chain solution. Whether you’re a buyer or seller, this is the one-stop, secure, on-line platform that connects Vermont’s small manufacturers and suppliers in a single, searchable supply chain solution. 

Curious how to set up your CONNEX™ Vermont account? Have an account but want to learn more?  And what about all the benefits of SCOIN, such as scaling up your supplier scouting services, which helps organizations source domestic products and expand their capabilities as well as enhancing resilience and reducing supply chain vulnerabilities for manufacturers? 

This hour-long introductory session is just what you need to get you on the road to supply chain success; we’ll walk you through the benefits of joining Vermont’s supply chain network whether your focus is local or national.

Who Should Attend? Anyone and everyone interested in learning how to solve their company’s supply chain challenges. There is no cost to Vermont manufacturers to be part of either CONNEX™ Vermont or SCOIN. 

Mark O'Hearn, VMEC Business Growth Advisor - Supply Chain, will present this session. If this date and time do not work for you, feel free to view other offerings of the same topic being offered throughout 2024 or reach out to Mark directly to set up your own one-on-one session. 

Intro to CONNEX VT and the Supply Chain Optimization and Intelligence Network (SCOIN)

November 6, 2024

Intro to CONNEX VT and the Supply Chain Optimization and Intelligence Network (SCOIN)

Zoom meeting • 12:00pm - 1:00pm • Free

Launched last summer, the Supply Chain Optimization and Intelligence Network (SCOIN) expands the MEP National Network’s scope from working primarily with individual companies to taking a more comprehensive approach to manufacturing supply chains. The initiative will help establish new MEP service offerings to provide manufacturers with what they need to improve existing supply chain networks and fill gaps in the supply chain. VMEC is the official representative of the MEP National Network in Vermont.

One key SCOIN service, CONNEX™ Vermont, is the Green Mountain State’s answer to your supply chain solution. Whether you’re a buyer or seller, this is the one-stop, secure, on-line platform that connects Vermont’s small manufacturers and suppliers in a single, searchable supply chain solution. 

Curious how to set up your CONNEX™ Vermont account? Have an account but want to learn more?  And what about all the benefits of SCOIN, such as scaling up your supplier scouting services, which helps organizations source domestic products and expand their capabilities as well as enhancing resilience and reducing supply chain vulnerabilities for manufacturers? 

This hour-long introductory session is just what you need to get you on the road to supply chain success; we’ll walk you through the benefits of joining Vermont’s supply chain network whether your focus is local or national.

Who Should Attend? Anyone and everyone interested in learning how to solve their company’s supply chain challenges. There is no cost to Vermont manufacturers to be part of either CONNEX™ Vermont or SCOIN. 

Mark O'Hearn, VMEC Business Growth Advisor - Supply Chain, will present this session. If this date and time do not work for you, feel free to view other offerings of the same topic being offered throughout 2024 or reach out to Mark directly to set up your own one-on-one session. 

Intro to CONNEX VT and the Supply Chain Optimization and Intelligence Network (SCOIN)

December 5, 2024

Intro to CONNEX VT and the Supply Chain Optimization and Intelligence Network (SCOIN)

Zoom meeting • 2:00pm - 3:00pm • Free

Launched last summer, the Supply Chain Optimization and Intelligence Network (SCOIN) expands the MEP National Network’s scope from working primarily with individual companies to taking a more comprehensive approach to manufacturing supply chains. The initiative will help establish new MEP service offerings to provide manufacturers with what they need to improve existing supply chain networks and fill gaps in the supply chain. VMEC is the official representative of the MEP National Network in Vermont.

One key SCOIN service, CONNEX™ Vermont, is the Green Mountain State’s answer to your supply chain solution. Whether you’re a buyer or seller, this is the one-stop, secure, on-line platform that connects Vermont’s small manufacturers and suppliers in a single, searchable supply chain solution. 

Curious how to set up your CONNEX™ Vermont account? Have an account but want to learn more?  And what about all the benefits of SCOIN, such as scaling up your supplier scouting services, which helps organizations source domestic products and expand their capabilities as well as enhancing resilience and reducing supply chain vulnerabilities for manufacturers? 

This hour-long introductory session is just what you need to get you on the road to supply chain success; we’ll walk you through the benefits of joining Vermont’s supply chain network whether your focus is local or national.

Who Should Attend? Anyone and everyone interested in learning how to solve their company’s supply chain challenges. There is no cost to Vermont manufacturers to be part of either CONNEX™ Vermont or SCOIN. 

Mark O'Hearn, VMEC Business Growth Advisor - Supply Chain, will present this session. If this date and time do not work for you, feel free to view other offerings of the same topic being offered throughout 2024 or reach out to Mark directly to set up your own one-on-one session.