Tomorrow's Advanced Manufacturing Workforce

Advanced manufacturing increases productivity, enhances economic strength, drives innovation, and provides rewarding career opportunities. But projected shortfalls of as many as 2.4 million skilled workers through 2028 indicate a mismatch between current worker skills (and perception issues about today's manufacturing) and those required by advanced manufacturing.

Developing the advanced manufacturing workforce of the future means:

  • Increasing students’ awareness of advanced manufacturing opportunities.
  • Training newcomers (including veterans) with the high-tech skills they'll need.
  • Providing enhanced training and certification to current manufacturing employees so they can move into new positions.

Here are some of the ways Manufacturing USA — through the manufacturing innovation institutes and the federal agencies that sponsor them, the Departments of Commerce, Defense, and Energy, as well as six additional partner agencies — is engaging in collaborative initiatives with educational institutions and industry to increase interest in manufacturing careers and equip manufacturing workers with the skills they need to support the advanced manufacturing of the future.

Tens of thousands of workers, students, and educators participated in institute workforce programs last year and have been empowered to take on the advanced manufacturing challenges of today and tomorrow.

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Go to Rising Star Spotlight: Temitope Runsewe

Rising Star Spotlight: Temitope Runsewe

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Temitope Runsewe is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Industrial Engineering at the University of Miami. She obtained her Masters Degree in Industrial Engineering from Texas State University, San... Read More
REMADE Star Temitope Runsewe
Go to Jobs Taxonomy: Defining Manufacturing Jobs of the Future

Jobs Taxonomy: Defining Manufacturing Jobs of the Future

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In 2017, MxD and ManpowerGroup released a digital workforce taxonomy, a groundbreaking analysis that identified 165 new data-centric manufacturing jobs—roles like “collaborative robotics technician”... Read More
MxD Workforce development
Go to The REMADE Institute Announces $6M Aimed at Improving Competitiveness of U.S. Manufacturing and Workforce Development

The REMADE Institute Announces $6M Aimed at Improving Competitiveness of U.S. Manufacturing and Workforce Development

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The REMADE Institute announced the selection of 9 projects for negotiation dedicated to improving the competitiveness of U.S. Manufacturing and advancing the circular economy. These projects align... Read More
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Go to NIIMBL Expands the Possibilities of Careers in BioPharma for 13 College Students

NIIMBL Expands the Possibilities of Careers in BioPharma for 13 College Students

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With biologics making up about 40% of the global pipeline coupled with the rise in demand for cell and gene therapies, it is no secret the biopharma industry will need an influx of talent to meet its... Read More
NIIMBL workforce Dev
Go to NextFlex Kicks Off Fall 2020 Virtual FlexFactor® Program

NextFlex Kicks Off Fall 2020 Virtual FlexFactor® Program

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NextFlex are delighted to be starting their fifth year of FlexFactor in Santa Clara County, Calif., utilizing a virtual platform that continues to provide students with an engagement in education and... Read More
NextFlex FlexFactor fifth year
Go to Registration Extended!! LIFT Announces Registration Open for Fall Welding and CNC Machining Courses

Registration Extended!! LIFT Announces Registration Open for Fall Welding and CNC Machining Courses

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LIFT, the Detroit-based Department of Defense-supported national manufacturing innovation institute, announced today that it is accepting registrations for its fall welding and CNC (Computer Numerical... Read More
LIFT Welding Program
Go to U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office Celebrates MFG Day 2020

U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office Celebrates MFG Day 2020

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Manufacturing Day (MFG Day)—organized nationally by The Manufacturing Institute—is manufacturing’s biggest annual opportunity to inspire the next generation about the industry and careers in modern... Read More
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Go to MxD Selected to Join New Project to Advance Racial Equity in Manufacturing

MxD Selected to Join New Project to Advance Racial Equity in Manufacturing

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MxD announced today that it will join a new national project led by The Century Foundation (TCF), the Urban Manufacturing Alliance (UMA), and seven other urban workforce development organizations... Read More
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Industry Week
Photonics, Workforce

American factories are about twice as efficient today as they were three decades ago. Cutting-edge “Industry 4.0 technologies” such as artificial intelligence, advanced robotics, data analytics, and the Internet of Things have bolstered productivity. They’ve also automated many low-skill factory jobs and created new, high-skill jobs requiring...

The Indiana Gazette
Additive Manufacturing, Workforce

The National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining was recipient of a Defense Manufacturing Technology (ManTech) Achievement Award at the Defense Manufacturing Conference last week in Phoenix.

NCDMM was recognized in the category of “Readiness Improvement” for its additive manufacturing three-phase “Maturation of Advanced Manufacturing for...

Pharma Manufacturing
Biopharmaceutical, Education, Workforce

The world can’t stop talking about biopharma’s scientific achievements, but the discussion often avoids the industry’s biggest potential buzzkill: a shortage of properly trained workers to manufacture these new drugs.

There’s no denying that biopharma drugs will play a vital role in the future of medicine. Biologics make up about 40 percent of the...

Industry Week
Lightweight Materials, Workforce

The increasing pace of change in technology-driven manufacturing calls for more immersive educational models.

For decades, our nation has invested billions of dollars in programs and initiatives to address the disconnection between workforce demand and supply.

However, the advanced manufacturing skills gap still exists. So that leaves the question...

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Go to RAPID Intern Spotlight: Meet the Summer 2020 RAPID Interns, Part 1

RAPID Intern Spotlight: Meet the Summer 2020 RAPID Interns, Part 1

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In the first installment of Meet the Summer 2020 RAPID Interns spotlight series, we are highlighting three of the students participating for Summer 2020. Scroll down to learn more Jerry Crum, a 4th... Read More
RAPID Interns
Go to Welcome to “Ask Deb from QA,” a new column from MxD

Welcome to “Ask Deb from QA,” a new column from MxD

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Welcome to “Ask Deb from QA,” a new column from MxD. Every week, Deb from QA — with decades of experience on the factory floor — will answer your questions to demystify and explain the digital... Read More
MxD AskDeb
Go to NIIMBL: Education and Training Resources

NIIMBL: Education and Training Resources

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Go to SPIDER Network for Automation Training

SPIDER Network for Automation Training

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Automated bioprocess test beds will be designed and implemented across three sites. Each test bed will consist of process Sensors and software for Process control, Integration, Data analysis, process... Read More
NIIMBL workforce Development
Go to The Top Ten Myths of Modern Manufacturing Dispelled by the NextFlex Engineering Team

The Top Ten Myths of Modern Manufacturing Dispelled by the NextFlex Engineering Team

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A career in manufacturing is boring. The perception that manufacturing means doing the same thing day after day, is wrong! In many manufacturing companies, there is a constant introduction of new... Read More
NextFlex Workforce dev Sadie and Ryan
Go to A Steady Climb from Burger Joint to CNC Engineer’s Chair

A Steady Climb from Burger Joint to CNC Engineer’s Chair

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Alex Velez was working his regular graveyard shift at a Checkers restaurant in southwest suburban Chicago when he realized he’d had enough. The customers were rude. He hated the constant smell of... Read More
MxD Engineer Alex Garcia
Go to Preparing the Military for the Most in demand Manufacturing Jobs Across America

Preparing the Military for the Most in demand Manufacturing Jobs Across America

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Join Operation NEXT! Operation NEXT brings companies and talent together by preparing separating service members with the skills needed to thrive in an Advanced Manufacturing career. Read More
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Go to IACMI Workforce Development Snapshot

IACMI Workforce Development Snapshot

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IACMI has leveraged institute partnerships, members, and IACMI facilities to create programs that grow the composites workforce by providing composites-related training opportunities. HOSTED 100... Read More
IACMI Workforce Development

Manufacturing Day

Each year the Manufacturing USA network enthusiastically participates in Manufacturing Day (MFGDay) to show students, parents, educators and the public what modern manufacturing looks like and spark interest in pursuing advanced manufacturing careers.