Education & Training

Music by William Stonewall Monroe

Schedule at-a-glance
A list of courses offered by NADCA in chronological order.

Course Descriptions
Brief, detailed descriptions of courses taught at NADCA and in-plant classes. Each description also contains information regarding textbooks, materials used and other.

Certification Program
A complete text featuring what steps are necessary to attain Certification from NADCA. Course electives and requirements are listed.

Biographies and photographs of individuals who instruct NADCA's courses and in-plant conferences. An excellent introduction to the caliber of people NADCA utilizes for its education programs.

Local Courses
There are NADCA education and training chapters located throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Chapters are an extension of NADCA's education and training, and most offer selected NADCA national courses and programs locally . . . thus, expanding the technology transfer opportunities for every die caster. Chapters also offer a range of other technological and operational education programs specifically selected and tailored to the needs of die casters and suppliers in their chapter areas.

In-Plant Programs
All NADCA programs, courses and installations can be brought to the worksite for presentation. The cost in savings and scheduling advantages can be substantial!

In-House Programs
NADCA is now offering the "In-House Training Program for Operators and Technicians!" The In-House approach responds to the need of die casters to have control of the schedule, content and cost of training. It is a multi-module program that is highly cost-effective.

Change View
  • February 20 2018
    Basic Operator Training: Introduction To Die Casting & Safet 02/20/2018 The operator will learn about the size and scope of the die casting industry in the United States and North America. They will learn where die castings are used and why designers like die castings. In the safety portion, the operator will learn about various facets of safety around the die casting machine. In this 60 minute presentation the types of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) to wear, burn hazards, pinch hazards, safety around molten metal, and the do's and don'ts to operate a machine safely will be addressed. Add to Calendar
  • February 21 2018
    Basic Operator Training:Understanding Metal Melting/Handling 02/21/2018 The operator will learn the proper way to handle molten metal at the die casting machine. This course will include the do's and don'ts of proper metal handling. Details will be provided on the common problems encountered when melting and handling molten metal. In addition, the type of defects that result from poor metal handling on and in the die casting and how these can be prevented will be discussed. Add to Calendar
  • February 22 2018
    Basic Operator Training: Die Casting Machine Components & Th 02/22/2018 The operator will learn what the basic die casting machine components are called and how they function as a system to produce a high quality die casting. Operators will be taught why monitoring and controlling the machine components is important for creating a successful shot. This course will address the eight steps of the casting cycle and what to look for in each step, to assure a high quality die casting is produced. Add to Calendar
  • February 27 2018
    Basic Operator Training: How It Works - The Shot End 02/27/2018 The operator will learn the basic components on a die casting machine shot end, and the function of these components. Potential failures of the shot end will also be covered. Add to Calendar
  • February 28 2018
    Basic Operator Training: Why Shot Monitors Are Important 02/28/2018 The operator will learn the components of a basic shot profile, and how it is monitored. Critical components such as jogging past the pour hole, critical slow shot, fast shot, switchover, deceleration, and intensification will be addressed. These concepts will then be connected to their effect on casting quality. Add to Calendar
  • March 1 2018
    Basic Operator Training: Die Components and Their Functions 03/01/2018 The operators will learn the basic components of a die and their function. In addition, this course will cover the importance of proper clamping practices and the basic components of a clamp will be covered. This course will also address symptoms of an unsafe setup and apply these concepts to trim press operations. Add to Calendar
  • March 6 2018
    Basic Operator Training: Everybody Is Involved in Die Setup 03/06/2018 The operators will learn the importance of die setup for success in die casting. Participants will be taught why fast efficient die setups are critical to allow manufacturing flexibility. The 8 types of waste and 5S concepts will also be introduced. Add to Calendar
  • March 7 2018
    Basic Operator Training: Proper Care and Treatment of Dies D 03/07/2018 The operator will learn how to monitor and care for the die during production. Do's and dont's will be taught, to keep the dies in working condition. This course we will address how to recognize die wear based on inspecting the castings. Add to Calendar
  • March 8 2018
    Basic Operator Training: Recognizing and Controlling Flow De 03/08/2018 The operator will learn how to recognize flow (surface) defects and what causes these types of defects. This course will address various operating parameters that impact flow defects, such as die temperature, die spray, cooling line flow rate, fill time and metal temperature. The operator will also learn corrective measures that can be taken to reduce and control flow defects, including preferred operating ranges for the various parameters. Add to Calendar
  • March 20 2018
    Basic Operator Training:Recognizing and Controlling Porosity 03/20/2018 The operator will learn how to recognize gas and shrinkage porosity and what causes porosity. This course will cover the sources of gas porosity, such as trapped air, steam, and lubricant. After the causes and sources of porosity are presented, the operator will be informed of various corrective measures that can be taken to reduce and control porosity. Add to Calendar
  • March 21 2018
    Basic Operator Training:Eliminating Solder and Flash Defects 03/21/2018 The operator will learn how what causes soldering and flash. The operating parameters and machine conditions that impact these two types of defects will be discussed. This course will also address die temperature, metal temperature, metal velocity and metal chemistry for soldering and tie bar load, linkage condition, impact pressure and die thermal balance for flash. Preferred operating ranges and machine conditions for eliminating solder and controlling flash will be presented. Add to Calendar