Problem solving and leadership training improves productivity

Stecker Manufacturing WTCS


Stecker Machine Co., Inc. manufactures high precision components for automotive, agriculture, defense, industrial and other industries. The company also provides a wide range of castings, heat treating, and metal finishing services to effectively participate in the design of new parts for customers.


Due to the skills shortage for qualified machinists and the rapid growth and expansion of the company, Stecker Machine is committed to ‘grow its own’ into a highly skilled workforce. Management wants to increase the overall skill level of the CNC operators, increase the problem solving skills of support roles, and increase leadership abilities of management and supervisors.


Lakeshore Technical College provided management and support personnel with 40 hours of root cause/problem solving and leadership training. The operators on the floor received 40 hours of training on blue print reading, machine operation, metrology, and shop math.


As a result of the training, Stecker Machine Co. realized improved productivity, improved competitiveness through cost savings and an improved work environment. It also allowed the company to add 25 new positions with another 50-75 planned for the future. In addition to increased employee knowledge and skills, the education provides current employees with stronger earning potential and advancement opportunities.