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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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.

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Go to Industrial Internet Consortium and CESMII – The Smart Manufacturing Institute Form Strategic Partnership

Industrial Internet Consortium and CESMII – The Smart Manufacturing Institute Form Strategic Partnership

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The Industrial Internet Consortium® (IIC™) and CESMII – The Smart Manufacturing Institute have agreed to a liaison to accelerate the development, adoption, and monetization of Industrial IoT (IIoT)... Read More
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FlexFactor® Debuts in South Carolina

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In partnership with NextFlex and Boeing, Midlands Technical College recently implemented a pilot of the FlexFactor program at Westwood High School in Columbia. FlexFactor, the flagship education... Read More
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Erica Graham an AIM Photonics Journey

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AIM Photonics, the Department of Defense (DoD) sponsored Integrated Photonics Manufacturing Institute, heads into its fifth year, with a number of notable accomplishments and technological... Read More
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Join the Next NIIMBL eXperience with HBCUs This Summer

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The NIIMBL eXperience offers college freshman and sophomores real-world insight into career possibilities in the biopharmaceutical industry through direct interactions with industry professionals... Read More
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Massachusetts Wins $3.2M DoD Grant to Develop National Model for Manufacturing Technician Training

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During a meeting of the Commonwealth’s Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative (AMC) on Wednesday, the Baker-Polito Administration announced that Massachusetts has been awarded a new $3.2 million grant... Read More
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Advanced Manufacturing Certification Program Offered to Detroit, Pittsburgh Small Businesses Recovering from Pandemic

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LIFT, the Detroit-based, Department of Defense-supported national manufacturing innovation institute and part of the Manufacturing USA network, today opened its “Operation Next” advanced manufacturing... Read More
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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
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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
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External News

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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Through a partnership with Catawba Valley Community College’s Manufacturing Solutions Center (MSC) and Gaston College’s Textile Technology Center (TTC) comes the birth of the Manufacturing & Textile Innovation Network (MTIN).

The partnership of these two centers is a vision of Dr. Garrett Hinshaw, president of Catawba Valley Community College and...

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COVID-19, Digital Manufacturing, Workforce

The COVID-19 pandemic was a wake-up call for manufacturers. As lockdown orders took hold across the country, many factories scaled back or closed, leaving workers unable to return to their jobs.

But while many office staff and managers have been able to work from home, factories have not yet been designed in a way that allows workers on the factory...

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Manufacturing organs — the human variety, not the musical ones — sold Kalyan Vydiam on coming to work in the Millyard.

When the biomedical engineer explained his work at United Therapeutics to friends and family, some said, “‘OK, maybe they’re just building some small organs that are kind of like mimicking the lungs,’ but then we have to explain to...

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Go to Training the Future Manufacturing Workforce with Online Learning

Training the Future 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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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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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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NIIMBL: Education and Training Resources

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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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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
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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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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.