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Dixon Valve Addresses Skills Gap Through Competency-Based Apprenticeship Program

DixonIndustry Week has featured one of Tribute's vendor partners, Dixon Valve, and their program to ensure, as older workers retire, they gain skilled employees to meet their growing needs.

Dixon, a manufacturer of hose couplings, valves, dry-disconnects, swivels and other fluid transfer and control products has taken steps to address the struggle to obtain skilled employees to work in its production facility.

The company’s leadership team realized the majority of their workforce was nearing retirement. The company would soon lack enough skilled machinists, journeyman and production workers.

Dixon management started exploring all options to develop the future workforce. They determined that an apprenticeship program could provide the skills necessary to meet the company’s needs.

Partnering with the Manufacturing Extension Partnership Yields Results

Dixon Innovation Center Shop 2To that end, Dixon Valve partnered with the Maryland Manufacturing Extension Partnership, part of the MEP National Network, to explore apprenticeship training and develop and implement a registered apprenticeship program for the occupation of CNC machinist.

The apprenticeship program through MD MEP offered a competency-based approach. A competency-based apprenticeship program is focused on the demonstration of proficiency in a specific skill or competency in lieu of meeting time-based work experience. 

This allows apprentices to accelerate the rate of competency achievement or take additional time if needed due the open entry and exit design of the program.

To read the full article in Industry Week, click here.


Tribute, Inc. is a provider of ERP business management software for distributors and fabricators in the hose, fluid power, fluid handling, automation, sealing, & motion control markets. Working in partnership, Dixon has integrated with Tribute's TrulinX software, allowing distributors to increase efficiency and cut costs with the beneficial tools that TrulinX offers.