In the early 1940s, a number of training people attended meetings of the ASME Educational Committee in New York . By letter and personal contact these men expressed dissatisfaction with the general content and approach to training and especially the treatment of Apprenticeship training. They asked each other this question: “Why can’t we draw a few training people from the metal-working industries together several times a year and swap ideas on apprentice training?” Principal motivators of this movement were members of the AMSE Educational Committee: Ed Goss of Brown & Sharpe, Arthur C. Harper of Wyomissing Polytechnic Institute, Leonard J. Fletcher of Caterpillar Tractor Company, G. Guy Via of Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company, and subsequently others now listed as charter members of the AART.
From the beginning in 1943, a new type of meeting was generated with no formal organization and no speeches. Its purpose was to swap ideas and exchange experiences which resulted in fostering more effective training techniques and to aid in the solution of difficult training problems.
The AART was on its way.
See what the AART did at its annual meetings throughout the decades: