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  • July 06, 2017 10:59 AM | Anonymous

    You missed a great presentation on May 18th. Your employees are your greatest asset and at the heart of every company. With the current explosive job market and unemployment at 3.5% (SJ Mercury News 12/2016) finding qualified candidates and keeping skilled workers in manufacturing disciplines is a huge challenge.

    Download Presentation Here

    HR Professionals Julie Vo (left), Liza Freiberger (center) and Liana Randazzo (right) gave helpful tips on how to establish competitive compensation packages, utilize creative recruiting tools and how to retain and engage your employees (read bios here). Download presentation here.  

  • July 06, 2017 10:56 AM | Anonymous

    By all accounts, from SFBA NTMA Members and their employees, the 2-day training in April were a huge success. The trainings were available to SFBA NTMA Members and their employees at no charge at Chabot College, Ashley Long, instructor.

    The course included Basic Introduction to Programming, Manual Tool Offsets, VDI and BOT Tooling, with hands-on production tasks. The class was designed for NTMA members’ employees who were interested in learning fundamentals to enhance the skills they have acquired on the job. 

    “Employees who attend classes to upgrade their skills, truly shows who is going to shape the future of a company” says Mike Appio, the instructor and Department Head of Design & Manufacturing Technologies at DeAnza College. The class attendees included business owners and employees of many different skill levels. 

    The point of the classes was to provide free training. However, if you ask anyone who attended the classes, there was plenty of time to network with people from other companies and people from their own company from different manufacturing areas. Several attendees expressed that the classes were too short. Talking shop and the exchange of ideas and best practices was an added bonus for participants. 

    The next class “Basic inspection and maintenance of way lube pump, tank and verification of lubrication operation,” will benefit employees by 

    demonstrating how regular machine maintenance improves productivity and profits. 

  • January 27, 2017 4:27 PM | Anonymous



    The NTMA board has been working to provide valuable training to the NTMA Members.  The initial trainings offered will be in February and held at De Anza College with instructor, Mike Appio. 

    2-Day Trainings are FREE
    To NTMA Members & Their Employees

    The initial trainings offered will be in February and held at De Anza College. Each class will be two 8 hour classes with morning refreshments and lunch will be included courtesy of the Chapter. There was a sign-up sheet at the meeting for the trainings. Classes are limited to 12 participants. 

    February Classes for NTMA members, Mike Appio, instructor:
     Intro to CNC Programming and G-Codetwo Fridays on 2/10 & 2/17
     Intro to CMM – Manual and Automated – two Saturdays 2/11 & 2/18 

    There are a few spots still open. For more information or to sign-up for a class, please call Mike Appio at 408-864-8283 or email him at

  • November 21, 2016 9:38 PM | Anonymous

    Here's what you missed
    at our last Chapter meeting: 
    3D Access Industries Shop Tour

    3D Access Industries, based in Fremont CA USA, provides leading-edge engineering solutions, including product development and life-cycle support, process, network and content engineering to major organizations worldwide. Over a decade, 3D Access has established an excellent track record of designing and optimizing parts for a wide variety of products that range from toothbrushes to complex aircraft engines. 3D Access customers include LAM Research, Jet Propulsion Laboratories, Lockheed Martin and Tesla. 

  • August 30, 2016 9:40 AM | Anonymous
    Annual Recognition Program Acknowledges True-Tech’s
    Exemplary Capacity Readiness and Responsiveness

    FREMONT, Calif., Aug. 23, 2016

    True-Tech has been recognized as one of ten companies receiving a 2016 Supplier Excellence Award from Lam Research Corp. (NASDAQ: LRCX), a major global supplier of innovative wafer fabrication equipment and services to the semiconductor industry. The awards, presented annually, acknowledge their commitment to exceeding performance standards. True-Tech earned Lam’s Supplier Excellence Award for exemplary Capacity Readiness and Responsiveness.

    “True-Tech Corporation is a recognized industry leader providing precision, process critical machined components and assemblies supporting the semiconductor capital equipment industry,” said Doug Hill, President & CEO of True-Tech Corporation. “True-Tech Corporation has a twenty-two year relationship with Lam Research and is honored to be recognized for supplier excellence, as this represents teamwork, innovative thinking, and a combined effort in the relentless pursuit of world-class performance.”

    The Lam Research Supplier Excellence Awards were announced on August 22 at the company’s Supplier Day, during which Lam Research focuses on enhancing collaboration and renewing opportunities for mutual success with its customers and suppliers. Executives from suppliers around the world attended the event, and True-Tech was among the companies honored for its achievements.

    "We applaud the contributions of True-Tech as one of Lam’s preferred suppliers, and appreciate the important role they play in delivering industry-leading products and services to our customers,” said Tim Archer, chief operating officer, Lam Research. “We are pleased to present True-Tech with a Lam Research Supplier Excellence Award for Capacity Readiness and Responsiveness and we look forward to continuing our success together.”

    About True-Tech

    True-Tech Corporation is a contract manufacturing firm located in Fremont, California, for the past 30 years. True-Tech specializes in machining and assembly of critical components for the semiconductor equipment industry. The machined components that True-Tech produces are used in equipment that manufacture semi-conductors used in most of today’s high-tech devices. If you have a cell phone, drive a car, watch television, or fly on an airliner, most likely the components were made with equipment that includes parts made by True-Tech.

    Since 1994 we have been committed to helping our customers maximize their potential and achieve their goals by reducing lead times, improving quality, and reducing cost. High quality and customer service set True-Tech apart from all the rest!

    True-Tech Company Contact
Kristin Strait

  • August 22, 2016 1:45 PM | Anonymous

    Dear Industry Colleagues,

    I wanted to let you know that the community colleges in the Bay Area offer a range of training opportunities in manufacturing (and manufacturing-related) programs that might be a great fit for your existing employees.

    If you have employees who are looking to upgrade their skills, please let them know about these opportunities. You can find more details about the programs being offered at:

    Classes for the Fall are still available, and at just $46/unit (which is $138 for a 3-unit class), it’s training that’s very affordable. And besides the specific programs in welding, machining, electronics, etc. that are offered - you can look for classes on such topics as blueprint reading, hydraulics, PLC’s, etc. So check it out.




    Mark Martin, PhD
    Regional Director (DSN), Bay Area
    Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Development

    California Community Colleges
    (650) 248-7728

  • June 14, 2016 9:14 AM | Anonymous

    Dear SFBA NTMA Members:

    Effective June 30, 2016, I will be resigning my position as President and Trustee of our Chapter.

    I have enjoyed working with and meeting all of you as we gave back to an industry that has been very good to me.

    I leave the Chapter in the very capable hands of our current Board Members; Michelle, Myhre, Glenn VanNoy, Pat Hayes, Jim Selway, Liza Freiberger and our newest member and President Tim Rohr. All of these Board Members will continue to work diligently to enhance the Chapter.

    I wish the NTMA and all of its members the best of luck as they continue to grow the Chapter.

    Warm Regards,

    Doug Hill

    True-Tech Corporation

  • May 16, 2016 4:11 PM | Anonymous


    At our last chapter meeting, Ken McCreight and John Betts introduced NTMA-U to SFBA Chapter members. The online journeyman training program is being offered to California NTMA members at no charge for a limited time only. This is a unique opportunity to Power Up Your Workforce! Download more info here.

    Ken McCreight speaks to the group (left of screen, facing the group), with Doug Hill, True-Tech (center, standing) and John Betts, instructor at Silicon Valley Career Technical Education.

  • April 16, 2016 9:55 AM | Anonymous

    Bridging the Skills Gap

    Ken McCreight, Vice President of the NTMA National, and creator of the NTMA-U Online Journeyman Educational Program, will speak at the April 26, 2016 Chapter meeting. Ken McCreight developed the NTMA-U program to add value to the to the association’s national membership programs. Prior to joining the NTMA, Ken was the Dean of Science Technology Engineering & Math / Workforce Development at North Central State College and Program Manager, Workforce & Economic Development at Cuyahoga Community College. Prior to joining the NTMA, McCreight was the Dean of Science Technology Engineering & Math / Workforce Development at North Central State College and Program Manager, Workforce & Economic Development at Cuyahoga Community College.

    John Betts, instructor at Silicon Valley Career Technical Education for over 12 years, teaches Introduction to CNC Theory instructor and Manual Precision Machining course. Mr. Betts has more than 35 years of combined experience in both mechanics and machining and has worked in a variety of industries including automotive, electronic, agriculture, and medical devices. Mr. Betts earned a certificate in Machine Tool Technology at NASA/AMES Research Center. In addition, Mr. Betts attends seminars, and continuing education courses to stay current with today’s technology.

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