Moraine Park approved as educational site for FMA; press brake course offered Jan. 10

by admin13. December 2007 19:00

Moraine Park Technical College has been approved as an educational site for the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association International (FMA).


Moraine Park can now offer FMA-approved curriculum to area businesses. The goal is to help the fabrication industry continue to grow in Wisconsin and remain nationally and globally competitive. FMA has more than 2,000 individual and company members. The professional organization brings metal fabricators and manufacturers together through technology councils, educational programs, networking events, and the Fabtech International/AWS Welding Show.


“This partnership expands the resources that are available to employers in our district and, for the first time, makes FMA training available locally,” said Marcia Arndt, Moraine Park dean of manufacturing technology. Arndt is a member of the FMA Foundation Board.


The first in a series of FMA seminars offered by Moraine Park is Fundamentals of Press Brake Operation. This one-day, hands-on event is geared toward new operators, engineers, designers and programmers. Participants will explore press brake operation and related terminology; controls and programming; how different forming methods relate to bend types; the 20-percent rule of air forming; proper use of hand tools; and safety. The seminar is slated for Thursday, Jan. 10, with a classroom session from 8 a.m. to noon followed by a classroom and hands-on session from 1 to 4:30 p.m. It will be held at Moraine Park’s Beaver Dam campus, 700 Gould St., in Room K-321, and taught by Moraine Park welding instructor Larry Clark. The cost is $200 per person, which includes materials and lunch. To register, call 920-924-3449 or e-mail