Institute Courses

Tuesday, April 3

1:30-4:45 p.m. 
Room 203A
Virtual Casting Process

Bo Wallace
AFS & The Institute, Schaumburg, Illinois

This course provides participants with a basic overview of the metalcasting process. It will trace the path of a casting from quoting through shipping. This course covers common metalcasting terms and highlights the activities inside the major departments of a metalcasting production facility. At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Define key industry terms.
  • Describe the major departments in a metalcasting facility.
  • Chronologically track a casting through the metalcasting facility from quoting to shipping.


Wednesday, April 4

1:30-4:45 p.m. 
Room 203A
Identifying the Correct Casting Defect

Shelly Dutler
AFS & The Institute, Schaumburg, Illinois

Learning a systematic procedure for defect root cause identification supports the business goal of designing, producing and selling quality castings that are made in a timely manner and in a safe environment for a profit. This course provides participants with a path and process for correctly identifying a casting defect. At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • List the 10 steps used in Casting Defect Analysis.
  • State the benefits of using a consistent approach.
  • Identify a good problem statement.
  • Collect process data using the process sheet.
  • State the importance of evaluating data.
  • Use the International Atlas of Casting Defects classification system.


Thursday, April 5

8:00-10:15 a.m. 
Room 203A
Creating a Culture of Respect Through Feedback

Cindy Maher & Jamie Guite
Leading Edge Coaching & Development

Today, it’s more critical than ever to develop a culture of respect and safety for all employees.  Senior leaders have one role in creating a workplace that promotes tolerance and collaboration.  But the fact is that we all have a stake in driving a safe and enjoyable work climate, whether you’re a man or a woman, salaried or hourly, experienced or brand-new.  One way that you can support a thriving workplace is through your ability to deliver and receive feedback.  We get a lot of feedback from bosses, colleagues, spouses, parents, neighbors, and customers – and it’s never easy to accept.  Why?  Because even though we all want to learn and develop, we have a conflicting and fundamental need to be accepted and respected.  Learn about three triggers of feedback and how to defuse the triggers before they impact your credibility, reputation, and a workplace that works for everyone.  Through the unique Leading Edge blend of research and best practices, improvisational comedy, and interaction, you’ll walk away more open and ready to learn.     

  • Identify your own reactions to feedback and how they may get in the way of growth and change
  • Build awareness around the three feedback triggers that shut you and others down
  • Respond with curiosity – even when you feel defensive
  • Recognize when psychological safety is compromised and take action to help others learn
  • Deliver feedback to others using five steps