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At SolidMasters, we are prepared to assist you during any phase of the development process. We are perfectly comfortable developing new ideas from scratch or modifying an existing product for a more efficient and cost effective design. We specialize in product incubation and design consulting. With over 21 years of experience, we have the knowledge to bring new ideas to life. 

At SolidMasters, we value innovation. That is why we strive to protect your ideas and save you the hassle of litigation. Every project begins with a non disclosure agreement as well as a patent inquiry in order to protect your idea and avoid product infringement. Thereafter, the project moves to the development phase.

Product development is an extremely involved process. Describing and rendering a thought as a physical model correctly takes a combination of precise skill and knowledge.  At SolidMasters, we strive to make this process easier for you. Our teams of engineers work hand-in-hand with your staff to develop products to meet your specifications. We are a boutique engineering firm which ensures you get the full attention of our entire team. Our CEO, Fred Vierheller, oversees every project and is standing by to assist you.

In cooperation with the inventor or firm, our engineers and designers will rearrange or substitute components to produce a more efficient design. In reality, a functional design will normally improve appearance, reduce manufacturing costs and make the product easier to maintain. The essence of good design is simplicity.  The objective is to build a product that is safe, reliable and cost effective.

Product development involves much more than shape and appearance. The development team must anticipate the problems that the production engineer will find as the product is manufactured. Beginning with the end in mind allows us to anticipating budgetary and timeline concerns that typically complicate the product development process. Give us a call to get started; our engineering team is standing by.

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Hands-On-AmericaA technical white paper analyzing the skills gap in U.S. Manufacturing.


Establish a new foundation called "Hands on America " a Centre for Innovative Hands-On Training and Technology.

The United States is facing a major challenge in the 21't century due to a critical shortage of trained workers with the skill sets required to sustain the trade segments of the economy. The trade segments include: manufacturing construction technology transportation food science and the culinary arts. This white paper examines the root cause for the continuing decline in the number of skilled workers in these industries and the paradox between high unemployment and companies struggling to hire skilled personnel. Business leaders continue to express concerns about the shortage of highly skilled workers and the under employed college graduates. In addition there are limited resources available for women wanting to enter these fields. This report should not be viewed as a business plan but as an overview of the current challenges facing American industry.

Today's public school system favors traditional education and has created STEM curriculums that focus on Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics These curriculums are directed at students who will be continuing on to college. Because the schools are placing most of their emphasis on traditional education and STEM programs we have seen a sharp decline in the skilled trades as a career choice. Fifty years ago there was a standardized educational curriculum which included the opportunity to elect trade classes and begin learning the skills of a tradesman. This change in our educational focus has resulted in fewer workers with the skill sets required to replace an aging skilled work force which is beginning to retire. The consequences of a retiring skilled workforce will have a negative impact on the trade segments of the economy and green jobs of the future.

This new educational modification compounds our economic problems because many students fail to achieve specialized skills required in the trade sectors. Evermore disturbing is the fact that too few American schools have the ability to develop a "hands-on" creativity program for an employability skill set that industry is currently looking for and will be demanding in the future. There are a limited number of public schools offering apprenticeships in the trades where students can experience "hands-on" learning. Fewer and fewer students are achieving the level of "hands-on" skills required to secure high-paying jobs in the manufacturing construction technology transportation food science and culinary arts; especially students who have historically been under-served and under-represented because they may have difficulty learning from text books in a standard classroom environment.
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Working collectively with educators industrial leaders peer groups mentors and skilled craftsmen we will outline a plan to establish a new foundation. The organizers of this foundation believe that investment in education innovation research and development and entrepreneurialship can lead to a self-sufficient workforce that is prepared to hold good-paying jobs and help our economy grow Students who want to learn a trade will have access to the latest technology and equipment available.


My 40 plus years of experience in the manufacturing construction technology and food service industries started in a blue-collar ghetto in New Jersey. Growing up in an immigrant family in the 50's and 60's you automatically became a "hands-on" tinkerer making your own toys - because no one had money to buy toys. The families in these types of neighborhoods were descendants of highly skilled old-world European craftsmen and most had learned a trade at an early age. At a very early age I was exposed to both the construction and food service trades. My family encouraged education but they always said "Learn a trade and you will always make a good living."

The difference between education today and years ago was a standardized curriculum with options to experience "hands-on" learning in trade classes. Schools offered trans-disciplinary programs and real opportunities to students particularly those who were challenged by traditional textbook learning and standard classroom settings. Trade classes taught us about tools how to use them and how to build things. It showed me how I could create something and see the end result of that effort � a finished product.

My shop teacher helped me get a summer job in the aerospace industry. That job gave me the "hands-on" experience of being part of a high-tech manufacturing business earning a good wage and learning how to operate various types of manufacturing equipment. Building on my newly acquired skills my mentor expanded my capability by teaching me how to review the quality processes related to those machines. My wanting to attend college was a direct result of his encouragement and mentoring.
My ability to work as a tradesman both union and non-union is how I paid my way through college.
Without my "hands-on" shop experience the skill sets learned in my summer job and my desire to further my education I would never have been able to afford college. At 16 years old I started my first business; the hands-on and entrepreneurial experiences from my youth later aided me in starting more than 12 companies during my business career.

We are failing our high school students because not all students are geared to a learning process of rigorous academic concepts presented in a traditional classroom setting. Our foundation Hands-On-America wants to offer an innovative approach to learning by providing a student with the best opportunities to see the world holistically utilizing a "hands-on" approach rather than gleaning fragments of information from a book or lecture. This can be accomplished through a partnership between the private sector and local colleges.

When I grew up what worked well was having choices in school. At that time schools had large classrooms filled to capacity with students who spoke 5 or 6 different languages. If a student did not respond to the instruction of standard basic academic concepts they were given the option to take shop classes that gave them a "hands-on" trade education so they could make a living in the real world.
When they graduated they were prepared to enter the workforce; and they were well on their way to being self-sufficient. As a result of hands-on instruction in the trades a number of my peers as well as myself used our skills and became entrepreneurs.
American manufacturing labor crisis

This report lays the foundation to integrate a cohesive "hands-on" education and learning paradigm. I have had the privilege of working with some of the world's greatest industrial visionaries such as S.S. Wong the Chairman of a large Singaporean based and publicly held corporation specializing in high-tech manufacturing. More than a decade ago Mr. Wong approached me regarding the status of the precision machine manufacturing business; he asked me to research the topic and writes a white paper presenting my findings. The research revealed an ever-growing conflict between economic globalization and political splintering of certain types of manufacturing in America. The result of that research generated an innovative business model that grew into Compart Technologies Group. Globally they employ of over 12 000 workers at approximately 1 400 CNC machine centers. It soon became apparent that one of the major constraints was the shortage of skilled workers and engineers with "hands-on" manufacturing experience.

Today in the U.S. manufacturing and machining industry the average age of an experienced machinist is 54; the average age for both experienced engineers and tool and dye makers is over 60. As a retired Senior Executive of Compart Technologies Group I can attest to the fact that there is a critical shortage of skilled manufacturing workers in the U.S. The growing demand for skilled workers is making it increasingly more difficult for companies in the U.S. to sustain themselves -let alone grow their businesses. This both slows our economic growth rate and jeopardizes the future of our defense industry.

Deloitte LLP and the Manufacturing Institute did an extensive report entitled "The Skills Gap in US Manufacturing." (NOTE: The entire report is attached under Appendix A - item #3)

In brief the 2011 survey revealed:

�There are as many as 600 000 unfilled skilled manufacturing positions in the U.S.
�Based on a survey of 1 123 manufacturing executives across the u.s Deloitte LLP and the
�Manufacturing Institute estimated that 5%of manufacturing positions are open due to lack of qualified candidates.
�67% of U.S. manufacturing executives surveyed said they are facing a moderate to severe shortage of skilled workers such as machinists operators distributors and technicians.
�56% of those executives stated that in the next 3 to 5 years as baby boomers continue to retire the shortages in the West will increase and become even more critical.
�64% of manufacturing executives lamented that the lack of a skilled workforce is making it more difficult to increase productivity and expand operations.

Compart Technologies had difficulty in finding qualified personnel who could operate program and maintain new computerized manufacturing equipment. Speaking from first-hand experience many people lost their jobs because their only skill was operating manual machines. To rebuild our workforce we need to establish a program for re-training older workers returning military personnel people that were incarcerated and people with disabilities. In addition we need an awareness program to educate women about the opportunities available for them in the trade sector.

It is also important for us to change the stigma associated with trades as well as the perception that manufacturing in the U.S. is a dying industry. Due to new technology and automation there are a number of industries returning to the United States. These re-shoring activities have increased the demand for building new factories and homes which is strengthening our economy.

In an article written by Camille Paglia titled "Revalorizing the Trades" which appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education copyright 2013 dated August 29 2010 she eloquently states:

Vanishing of jobs will plague the rest of this decade and more. Meaningful employment is no longer guaranteed to dutiful studious members of the middle class in the Western world. College education which was hugely expanded after World War II and sold as a basic right is doing a poor job of preparing young people for life outside of a narrowband of the professional class.

Yes an elite education at stratospheric prices will smooth the way into law or medical school and supply a network of useful future contacts. But what if a student wants a different lesser enumerative or status-oriented but more personally fulfilling career? There is little flexibility in American higher education to allow for alternative career tracks.

Jobs and the preparation of students for them should be front and center in the thinking of educators. The idea that college is a contemplative realm of humanistic inquire removed from vulgar material needs is nonsense. The humanities have been gutted by four decades of pretentious postmodernist theory and insular identity politics. They bear little relationship to the liberal arts of broad perspective and profound erudition that I was lucky enough to experience in college in the 1960s.
Having taught in art schools for most of my four decades in the classroom I am used to having students who work with their hands-ceramicists weavers woodworkers metal smiths jazz drummers. There is a calm centered Zen-like engagement with the physical world in their lives. In contrast I see glib cynical neurotic elite-school graduates roiling everywhere in journalism and the media.
They have been ill-served by their trendy word-centered educations.

Jobs jobs jobs: We need a sweeping revalorization of the trades. The pressuring of middle-class young people into office bound paper-pushing jobs is cruelly shortsighted. Concrete manual skills once gained through the master-apprentice alliance in guilds build a secure identity. Our present educational system defers credentialing and maturity for too long. When middle-class graduates in their mid-20s are just stepping on the bottom rung of the professional career ladder many of their working-class peers are already self-supporting and married with young children.

The elite schools predicated on molding students into mirror images of their professors seem divorced from any rational consideration of human happiness.
In a period of global economic turmoil with manufacturing jobs migrating overseas and service-sector jobs diminishing in availability and prestige educators whose salaries are paid by hopeful parents have an obligation to think in practical terms about the destinies of their charges. That may mean a radical stripping down of course offerings with all teachers responsible for a core curriculum. But every four-year college or university should forge a reciprocal relationship with regional trade schools.

We need to do everything we can to encourage our youth to become "hands-on" in the trades.
In addition we need to establish re-training programs to assist displaced handicapped or disabled workers in learning how to operate equipment that will help them learn the value of craftsmanship and bolster their employability. We must create the platforms to train a workforce capable of handling the next industrial renaissance to ensure our future.

Hands-on programs will foster a triple bottom line for the trade sectors and the economy.
These programs will establish ground-breaking educational strategies which will teach people to operate the latest equipment; teach them about green initiatives and develop an entrepreneurial road map to assist in creating profitable business entities. New gateway programs for women will be developed outlining the opportunities for them in the trades. The development of our hands-on program will benefit small businesses as well by allowing them to integrate their R&D projects and utilize our world-class facilities and workforce to develop their new technologies.

With the current high demand for engineering jobs globally many companies are approaching workforce management with new flexibility. They want engineers with "hands-on" experience to design
R&D products those are manufacturable to provide sustainability. My experience indicates the
Mechanical Electrical and Civil Engineers who were the most successful creative and entrepreneurial were the ones who had "hands-on" training and a formal technical education. The "Hands-On America" program will provide both R&D experience and new training initiatives. The program will be designed by potential employers incorporating both an R&D and "hands-on" working experience.


Preparing "Hands-On-America"
We believe investment in "hands-on" education will lead students to a path of self-sufficiency preparing them for high-paying jobs as skilled craftsmen and preparing them to become productive citizens.

1. Develop a campus that will accommodate facilities for:
� CNC machining laser and water jet cutting metal working equipment welding wood working 3D printing and additive manufacturing
� Training lab with computer workstations for AutoCAD Solid-Works Pro E Master Cam and other cutting-edge computer and engineering programs
� Quality Control Programs
� Productivity Programs for manufacturing
� Automation and Robotics
� Industrial kitchen for food science and culinary arts

2. Building Program
� Programs to teach carpentry masonries plumbing electrical and solar energy related trades
� A license will be granted by Real People�s Homes for teaching students to build a cost effective eco-friendly training facility and eco-friendly pre-fab homes
� Training programs on state-of-the-art equipment will be developed.
3. Maritime School for the training of the following:
� Maritime Security Awareness
� Environmental Port Services
� Service & Repair of Port Equipment
� Logistic Training
4. R&D Center
In addition to having an education-based platform for learning the R&D center will be open "for hire" to provide entrepreneurs businesses or inventors seeking a world-class facility to develop their products. This facility will also be used to assist small companies in boosting top-line growth by helping launch new products on schedule ramping up production and expanding business to new and existing markets.
� Specialty Robotics Center
� Develop student teaching and college stewardship programs for R&D programming
� "For hire" facility programs for small businesses and inventors to assist them in start-up and sustaining manufacturing and productivity-based projects; as well as establishing a revenue stream to aid in preserving our programs
� 3D printing center for development of additive and rapid prototyping and manufacturing
� Special development programs to assist in the development of tools for handicapped workers

5. Conference Centers
� Facilities for training with webcast equipment to network with other training organizations around the world
� Auditorium for holding events for teaching and trade shows dedicated to industry needs (The auditorium will have a yearly calendar of events which will have space for scheduling rentals)
� Cafeteria with a large industrial kitchen for training culinary and food service workers and for facility use and banquet rentals
� Executive suites for rental by people who have an interest in training in Industrial Manufacturing Building Trades Recruiting and staffing Capital Advisors and Legal as they pertain to the manufacturing technology culinary maritime and construction industries.
� Self-storage warehouse facilities for rental to individuals for storing personal tools and/or materials required for projects

This complex will support both students and entrepreneurs seeking a cost-effective flexible program to start their business and provide reinforcement to "Hands-On-America's" valuable training resources.

Hands-an-America will develop application specific training programs. By partnering with local communities and seeking job opportunities in the community Hands-on-America will develop programs under the guidance of potential employers which will allow graduating students to develop the skills required to enter the workforce immediately and fill the available positions.


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"Hands-On-America" programs will develop strategic alliances with groups:
� The Case Career Centers for Construction Trades
� Expeditionary Learning Schools Outward Bound
� Kauffman Foundation
� Hass Foundation
� The Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades
� Sandvik Coromant Academy
� Center for America
� I Make America
� Mike Rowe works
� Go Build
� Skills USA
� Workshops for Warriors
� Case Foundation
� Start-up America Partnership
� Center for International Trade and Development
� Local colleges in Southern California
� Maritime School in San Francisco
� Society of manufacturing Engineers
� Teen Challenge

"Hands-On-America" Will be dedicated to training mentoring and developing fellowship for its students. We will assist them in achieving the levels of training and education required to secure jobs in the trades for innovation based industries both now and in the future.


Our team will embrace "hands-on" learning.
� Students in our "hands-on" learning programs will feel a sense of accomplishment in reviewing and seeing their projects completed
� Students will learn "at their own pace " and we will ensure they are enjoying their learning experience
� "Hands-on" learning will support students who lack the academic discipline required in a traditional classroom setting or who show no interest in school.
� Training programs will be created for young students veterans handicapped displaced worker - who need to be re-educated for stewardship college engineering programs young adults from penal institutions and women
� We will provide assistance to local companies and entrepreneurs so we can form business and technology cluster centers in the Southern California area
� Out Reach programs for faith based organizations to provide vocational training to their constituency


We feel Long Beach California would be the best location to initiate the Hands-on-America program because it is:
� Business friendly
� Port of Long Beach is a premier gateway for International trade
� Local airport
� Easy access to major freeways
� Has a great network infrastructure
� Local government fosters an inclusive open-team culture for business and education
� Coast-to-coast rail connections
� Large facilities suitable for manufacturing
� Environment consciousness
� Numerous colleges and universities
� Diversified business structure that will serve as a portal for graduates of Hand-on-America
� Large tourist area

Hands-on-America will look to a local college as a strategic alliance partner to support the following:
� Assist in the articulation of instructional programs specifically to promote transfer and seamless hands-on programs and instructional materials for our training personnel
� Advocate and promote quality support services and instruction
� Develop and prepare programs for college students for stewardships at Hands-on-America
� Recommend instructional and staff personnel and advice in the selection and evaluation of training and mentoring personnel
� Assist in identifying special project resources for development within the local community
� Coordinate and assist in the preparation of documentation for on-going funding.


Our goal is to embrace "hands-on" learning; to empower students by allowing them to use their own learning process and learn at their own pace and to provide educational programs that are innovative and fun. This program will benefit students who are academically challenged or have not shown an interest in school; as well as those who are handicapped and those who have auditory deficiencies and behavioral interferences that are not supported by the standard educational concept of multi-faceted information bombardment.

The next generation of skilled US workers will come from the "Hands-On-America" training program. Cognitive development and learning is difficult for some students because it is detached like reading a book or listening to a lecture. There is no doubt that cognitive learning is important and materials must be assimilated; however cognitive learning no more makes a machinist or a construction worker than it does a racecar driver The racecar driver will crash the first time out on the track if the teacher has never taken him out of the classroom and put him in a "real time" track environment.

Hands-on-America will support the development and potential start-up of several new training facilities which will develop a comprehensive school reform program associated with local high schools colleges and technical schools. We will look to communities with young people who have limited educational options. Our programs will be at no cost to participants of low-income families handicapped veterans and adult re-education. We will develop a "hands-on" training program directed specifically at local areas which will include: mentoring work ethics and marketable skills. These programs will be sustained through corporate sponsorships donations volunteers and government support. New training initiatives will be designed incorporating employer requirements with the potential for employers and workers to achieve mutual goals. By working with companies we can build the skills experience and mindset needed to deliver results.

Individuals who are attending college and are looking for "hands-on" work experience will be interviewed for tutorial or sponsorship programs. Part of their tuition reimbursement program will be to volunteer their services to help in the mentoring process. Our program will assist college students develop the necessary "hands-on "experience with the latest equipment in the manufacturing and/or building segments while working side-by-side in a "real life" setting. "Hands-On-America" gives a student the experience needed to address the skill mismatch that has been the root cause of our local shortage of talent.

Unifying the community is the key to our Hands-on-America program. We will look to local area colleges for assistance in developing surveys to evaluate community needs and establish custom educational formats to assist in developing the hands-on educational experience. Funding for Hands-on America will be garnered by soliciting public private and non-profit foundations. Equipment software technology and training programs will be in the form of donations from major manufacturers who will have access to our facilities and can sell their products services and educational formats from the Hands-on-America platform.Hands on Amrica by Jim Pinto

Cal-Tex Marketing Inc.
Jim Pinto
19335 Peach Tree Lane
Huntington Beach CA925648