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FABTECH 2016 Offers 12 Tracks of Education Programming for All Levels

Nov. 16–18, 2016, in Las Vegas

Published: Monday, August 29, 2016 - 10:05

(SME: Dearborn, MI) -- FABTECH 2016, North America’s largest collaboration of technology, equipment, and knowledge in the metal forming, fabricating, welding, and finishing industries, has scheduled a comprehensive education program of notable speakers to present on a variety of topics at the forefront of the industry. The lineup is comprised of more than 100 sessions, addressing the needs of attendees with basic, intermediate, and advanced skill levels. The event takes place Nov. 16–18, 2016, in Las Vegas.

The education component is one of the show’s most valuable features and a critical component of FABTECH. Led by manufacturing experts from a variety of backgrounds, the in-depth sessions are designed to provide valuable and insightful programming to participants from all manufacturing disciplines. Each session will offer an inclusive setting, giving attendees the opportunity to sharpen their skills and network with colleagues, executives, and thought leaders.

“FABTECH represents a wide range of manufacturing technologies and processes, so it’s important to us that our educational programming reflects that diversity,” says Mark Hoper, FMA show co-manager at FABTECH. “The most effective way to advance these highly specialized fields is through collaboration and exchanging ideas. If you work in the metal fabricating industry, and you want to learn how to improve, there is something at FABTECH for you.”

The technical, operational, and managerial sessions are divided into 12 tracks, including cutting, lasers, finishing, forming and fabricating, lean, welding, management strategies, job shop solutions, stamping, automation, additive manufacturing, and workforce development. This year’s agenda features 65 new sessions, including Laser Welding for Today’s Fabricator Workshop on Thurs., Nov. 17, and a number of sessions that cover new developments in additive and smart manufacturing.

All sessions are organized by FABTECH 2016’s five co-sponsors: SME, Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International, Precision Metalforming Association, Chemical Coaters Association International, and the American Welding Society. This ensures that the content covers manufacturing’s expansive landscape, while also delivering the highest quality and most relevant information to attendees.

To better serve the varying levels of expertise among attendees, each session is categorized by experience level:
Basic: Recommended for the attendee who is new to the industry or needs a refresher on the topic
Intermediate: Designed for the attendee who already has a basic understanding of the subject matter
Advanced: Recommended for the attendee with several years of experience who is seeking more in-depth information

The robust schedule yields unparalleled education, and in some cases, valuable continuing education credits. Those attending the Education Program will have the opportunity to earn professional development and educational credits from FABTECH’s co-sponsoring organizations.

For more information, including session descriptions, speakers, and pricing, please the FABTECH 2016 website.

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The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) is the premier source for manufacturing knowledge, education, and networking. Through its many programs, events, and activities, SME connects manufacturing practitioners to each other, to the latest technology, and the most up-to-date processes spanning all manufacturing industries and disciplines, plus the key areas of aerospace and defense, medical device, motor vehicles, including motorsports, and oil and gas. A 501(c)3 organization, SME has members in more than 70 countries and is supported by a network of technical communities and chapters worldwide.