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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Additive Manufacturing, Biomanufacturing, COVID-19, Digital Manufacturing, Fabrics, Flexible Hybrid Electronics, Lightweight Materials, Photonics, Process Intensification, Workforce
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way manufacturers recruit, train and develop their workforce. Long term, this shift will work in manufacturers' favor as online learning is also key to developing the skills necessary to leverage the emerging technologies that will give rise to the advanced manufacturing economy of the future.

News

Go to America Makes Announces the Ohio Secondary Education Additive Manufacturing Training Network to Address State’s Skilled Worker Shortage

America Makes Announces the Ohio Secondary Education Additive Manufacturing Training Network to Address State’s Skilled Worker Shortage

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America Makes continues to fulfill its mission of building an additive manufacturing (AM) talent pipeline across the state of Ohio with the announcement of the Ohio Secondary Education Additive... Read More
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Go to NIIMBL Funds 10 New Biopharma Manufacturing Projects with 40+ Partners

NIIMBL Funds 10 New Biopharma Manufacturing Projects with 40+ Partners

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The National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals (NIIMBL) is pleased to announce funding for 10 new projects in technology, workforce development, and their Global Health Fund... Read More
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Go to IACMI Launches America's Cutting Edge In-Person CNC Machining Training Bootcamps

IACMI Launches America's Cutting Edge In-Person CNC Machining Training Bootcamps

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Phase two of a unique training program aimed at developing the next-generation machine tool workforce got underway May 24 in Knoxville, Tenn. and continues this summer through six in-person boot camps... Read More
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Go to ARM Institute Announces Availability of RoboticsCareer.org

ARM Institute Announces Availability of RoboticsCareer.org

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The Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute today announced the availability of an online resource, www.roboticscareer.org, designed to help address the skilled workforce challenge in U.S... Read More
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Go to America Makes Virtual Additive Manufacturing Educational Program Available for Middle School Students

America Makes Virtual Additive Manufacturing Educational Program Available for Middle School Students

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America Makes continues to advance its mission to train the future additive workforce with the announcement of a recently completed pilot program designed to expose middle school students to 3D... Read More
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Go to LIFT, Girl Scouts of SE Michigan Offer Unique Engineering Opportunities

LIFT, Girl Scouts of SE Michigan Offer Unique Engineering Opportunities

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LIFT, the Detroit-based, Department of Defense-supported national manufacturing innovation institute, and the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan today announced that the organizations have launched... Read More
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Go to NIIMBL eXperience Announces 17 Students from HBCUs for 2021

NIIMBL eXperience Announces 17 Students from HBCUs for 2021

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The National Institute for Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals (NIIMBL) announced 17 students selected for their 2021 NIIMBL eXperience Program. The NIIMBL eXperience is offered to African American/Black... Read More
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Go to Manufacturing USA Rapid Response to COVID-19 Report

Manufacturing USA Rapid Response to COVID-19 Report

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The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how we live and work. This newly released special report highlights how 9 institutes in the Manufacturing USA network worked with 91+ partners across 24 states and... Read More
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External News

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Composites, Defense, Workforce

Eastern Florida State College (EFSC) is newest home to an advanced composites learning center designed to educate and train composites technicians to support Florida's Space Coast manufacturing region.

Led by the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation, or IACMI-The Composites Institute®, the national workforce initiative is part...

Composites, Workforce

It shouldn’t be a surprise that the Biden Administration’s American Jobs Plan and “skinny budget” include a heavy emphasis on federal investments in R&D. Since World War II, federal investments in research have led to life-changing inventions ranging from the recent COVID-19 vaccine to the Internet, but as a bonus, federal R&D also creates lots of...

Robotics, Workforce

When you think of an Industry 4.0 or an advanced manufacturing career that involves robots, you may picture a factory setting filled primarily with men and barriers separating them from the robots. You may assume that everyone in the room has a Ph.D. You might think of the robot as being dangerous or perhaps being built to replace someone’s job.

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COVID-19, Lightweight Materials, Workforce

LIFT, the Detroit-based, Department of Defense-supported national manufacturing innovation institute, announced it has partnered with Macomb Community College to provide advanced manufacturing training opportunities through the institute’s “Operation Next” program.

“Operation Next” is an innovative, self-paced, manufacturing-focused training and...

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Flexible Hybrid Electronics, Workforce

In early February, Bender’s eighth and 10th grade students embarked on a month-long journey with FlexFactor, a program provided by Calhoun Community College, Boeing, Mazda Toyota Manufacturing and NextFlex. Over the course of a few weeks, students learned how to combine problem solving, design thinking, technology and entrepreneurship to address...

Biomanufacturing, COVID-19, Workforce

Lifesaving vaccines and medicines. Working with a team. The ability to grow and develop. You'll find all of this and more in the biopharma manufacturing industry.

While many people think biopharma jobs are for those with science degrees, there are opportunities for workers with educational backgrounds of all types. People from all walks of life and...

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Go to ACE hands-on bootcamp goes beyond fundamentals of CNC machining

ACE hands-on bootcamp goes beyond fundamentals of CNC machining

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Say hello to Stian Romberg, a former wide receiver at Brown University, currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UT) and researcher at Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL). Stian... Read More
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Go to Project Highlight: Robotics Technician Training for Transitioning Military and Veterans

Project Highlight: Robotics Technician Training for Transitioning Military and Veterans

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This ARM Institute funded Education & Workforce Development (EWD) project created a new training pipeline for transitioning military and veterans, resulting in 18 project participants completing this... Read More
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Go to Training the Future Advanced Manufacturing Workforce with Online Learning

Training the Future Advanced Manufacturing Workforce with Online Learning

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The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way manufacturers recruit, train and develop their workforce. Long term, this shift will work in manufacturers' favor as online learning is also key to developing... Read More
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.