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.
Manufacturers who seek employees with certain competencies can use the competency framework that ARM has created as well. Likewise, training providers developing new robotics programs can rely on competency frameworks for curricula and education benchmarks.
“The biggest challenge we see is that technology advancements are outpacing 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...
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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.
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...
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...
Our Network @ Work
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.