Are you struggling to fill niche manufacturing positions in your production facility? Are you tired of seeing your numbers suffer because of it? PMG is well-known across manufacturing for the quality of our machinists, welders, and multi-craft maintenance technicians. However, we’re more than just the “Big Three”. We can provide quality oriented, proven tradespeople to fill any need in any production facility, no matter how niche. Here are three more PMG specialty positions you should be aware of.


From Quality Control to Quality Assurance to Quality Inspection, PMG has technicians that can help streamline the inspection process for any manufacturer.

Non-Destructive Testing (NDT)

Whether working in aerospace to NAS410 standards, military projects where MIL-Spec is still king, or oil & gas environments under API specifications, PMG has NDT Technicians that travel with their own certifications and have plenty of on-the-job hours in their logbook for any inspection method necessary. If you’d like to read more about NDT, check out some of the articles in Quality Magazine.

Mechanical Inspectors

Does your production process need inspectors capable of performing inspections on individual mechanical components? Do you require techs with experience inspecting full assemblies? Whether your need is for aviation, medical components, or electronic systems, our technicians have the experience.

Chemical Inspectors

Is your company testing batches for the chemical industry? Are you maintaining compliance to FDA regulations for a food production facility? Perhaps, you’re performing product audits for a medical manufacturer. Our Chemical Inspectors have experience working in industries with some the strictest requirements.


Engineers are part of every step of production. Our engineers can help any company at any pinch point in their process.

Mechanical & Electrical Design Engineers

Is your company strong on product development, but slow to bring these innovations to production? PMG Design Engineers can help bring your R&D ideas to life whether it be on the drafting table or via CAD/CAM models.

Controls Engineers

Have you recently made repairs or improvements to your production systems? Controls Engineers can help design, install, and maintain those systems to get them, and keep them, up and running. From mechanical drives to PLCs, PMG Engineers can fill your control system quandaries.

Reliability Engineer

Your product is built to stand the test of time and your test systems should be too. From durability testing to product life cycle audits, PMG has a Reliability Engineer that you can rely on to help improve your prove outs.


One good programmer can keep a lot of skilled tradesmen producing quality parts and components. Due to this fact, programmers are one of the positions most affected by the skills gap currently complicating American manufacturing. It doesn’t matter what programming problem your shop may have, PMG can provide highly skilled technicians to keep your production floor operating at maximum efficiency.

Machine Tool Programmers

Regardless of what machine you have sitting idle, it’s not making money if you can’t keep it running. PMG programmers are skilled with all machine tool program languages from common (G&M Code and Conversational) to exotic (SurfCam and Unigraphics).

CMM Programmers

Most companies utilize Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMM) in their inspection process to save time and money. However, there is little profit present in downtime if you can’t “teach” your machine to inspect new offerings. PMG CMM programmers are experienced in systems from PC-DMIS to Calypso and can keep your QA/QC process profitable.

If you are experiencing production gaps and backlogs at your facility, Connect with PMG to learn how our solutions can help you.

Josh Erickson, ReTool & Technical Solutions Associate

This month is Women’s History Month. To celebrate, we wanted to bring attention to three women of history who have influenced manufacturing. In addition, we outlined the story of one woman currently influencing manufacturing with her goal of uniting all women in manufacturing. She is sure to be on the list of historical women in manufacturing, in the future!

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Rosie the Riveter

Rosie is one, if not the, most well-known woman in manufacturing. She represents the bold and determined American attitude and the influence of women in American manufacturing. The image of Rosie came to be during World War II. It was meant to encourage women to take on factory jobs while men were away at war. However, the image was known less for its original purpose and more for the morale boosting message of empowerment, which working women wanted.

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Stephanie Kwolek

Far less well-known than Rosie, but still VERY much influential, is Stephanie Kwolek. Stephanie never planned to do the work she did. As a matter of fact, she wanted to be a doctor. To pay for medical school, she took an opportunity to work for DuPont in New York. Over the course of her next 40 years at DuPont, Stephanie discovered a multitude of industrial fibers including one of the most famous fibers used in manufacturing – Kevlar. Kevlar is common in skis, parachute lines, boats, airplanes, and ropes. However, the most famous application of Kevlar is likely that of bullet-proof vests.

*Fun Fact: Stephanie discovered Kevlar when she was tasked with finding a material to replace the steel used in tires. What she found was heat-resistant and lighter than fiberglass, but still five times stronger than steel!

If you’re looking to know more (and enjoy chemistry) find out more about Kevlar here!

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Ella May Wiggins

At the height of the Industrial Revolution, women made up 75% of the workforce in textile mills. One of the most influential women was Ella May Wiggins. Ella May was a single mother of five children working in a textile mill as a spinner. During her time in the mills, she was an advocate for the rights of workers and women in the workforce. She participated in one of the most famous textile mill strikes and even wrote ballads for strikes to condemn and criticize the way in which industry standards were grossly inadequate for women and mothers alike. There isn’t enough space to give Ella May all the credit she deserves. Read her story here! Also, if you’re interested in listening to one of her most famous songs, check out the Mill Mother’s Lament.

Allison Grealis

Allison Grealis is the Founder and President of the nonprofit trade association Women in Manufacturing (WiM). WiM started as a small networking group within the Precision Metalforming Association. What started as a networking group grew very quickly into a trade association operating independently of Precision Metalforming Association. Check out this interview to read more from Allison on the importance of women in manufacturing. You can also hear more from Allison with a quick read here.

These women are just four of many women who’ve influenced or are currently influencing American Manufacturing. With the current state of affairs in manufacturing, and with the need to bridge #theskillsgap and developments in #industry40, women will be more important than ever in #manufacturing.

Q&A with PMG Project Manager Jim W.

Meet Jim, a Project Manager who’s been with PMG’s Operation Team for three years.

What brought you to PMG?

I started as a diesel mechanic. Then, I spent 25 years as a high-speed packaging mechanic before I got into coordinating projects. In 2017, I was the PMG Operations Manager’s last choice for project manager, but he gave me a chance and I’ve been on a PMG project somewhere ever since.

Have you had any formal training?

I was working at a landfill as a laborer when our diesel mechanic quit and gave me his toolbox on the way out the door. Suddenly, I was in maintenance. I spent a lot of time reading the manual those first few years, but I haven’t had much formal training other than health and safety stuff. I can teach classes on the health and safety stuff now.

Before working at PMG, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

I was the general ops manager for the bankruptcy court in Huntington, WV. I had to run 12 bankrupt cemeteries in three states that didn’t even have enough money to cut the grass.

What do you like most about working for PMG?

The support I get from my team, hands-down. I get all the support I need whenever; there’s not a time of day or night I can’t get what I need. 24/7, it’s always there. You don’t get a true team supporting you as a manager like this at other places.

What is one thing you miss or wish you had with you while on the road with PMG?

Squirrel and Gravy. Even if you buy an out of state license, you still can’t hunt them in the hotel parking lot! But seriously, I miss being in the country the most, especially when hunting season rolls around. Nonetheless, I like what I’m doing so I don’t miss it too bad.

When you’re not working, what sort of hobbies do you like to do in your free time?

I love to hunt. I have a taxidermist shop. I’ve been a taxidermist for more than 30 years and I’ve mounted everything from mice to moose.

What is something fun you’re looking forward to in 2020?

The next job. It’s always fun and always going to be something different.

How do you Save Daylight?

When daylight saving was first introduced by Benjamin Franklin in 1784, it was an economic evaluation that spoke to artificial lighting and its effect on the economy.  Fast forward a couple hundred years, and we have a greater selection of screens that create more artificial light than we had oil lamps manufactured in the US.

In 1908, a couple hundred Canadians in Ontario made the jump to spring ahead an hour.  After Germany introduced the concept in 1916, country after country started to follow suite.  Though public support was limited, and changes have been made since then, 70 Countries world-wide participate in Daylight Saving each year.

In the United States, Hawaii and Arizona (with the exception of the Navajo Reservation) are the only two states who’ve opted out.  American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the Northern Mariana Islands also don’t participate.  If you had your choice, would you?

Contrary to popular belief, American farmers didn’t lobby for daylight saving.  For Farmers, the clock didn’t dictate their schedules, but rather the sun.  For the rest of us now using artificial light, how do we make the best of the phantom extra hour of daylight we have in a day?

Did you enjoy these fun facts about day light saving? Read more fun facts here 

Reminder! – Spring ahead this Sunday, March 8.

Kelly Grohowski, Client Solutions Manager