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 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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America Makes, Girl Scouts of NE Ohio Partner to Promote STEM Education through Additive

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On March 12, 2021, the 109th birthday of the Girl Scouts of America (GSUSA) organization, America Makes and the Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) proudly announced their partnership to promote... Read More
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Manufacturing USA Releases Highlights Report

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Highlighting Manufacturing Innovation, Collaboration, and Education This comprehensive report highlights the manufacturing technology and workforce development innovations underway at the... Read More
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Innovative CNC Machining Training Combines Learn-at-Home and In-person Components

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More than 850 students and adults across America are taking advantage of a new, no-cost CNC machining training program launched, in part by IACMI-The Composites Institute, that combines online... Read More
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Go to ARM Institute's Chief Workforce Officer Lisa Masciantonio Recognized as One of 20 Exceptional Women in Robotics and Automation

ARM Institute's Chief Workforce Officer Lisa Masciantonio Recognized as One of 20 Exceptional Women in Robotics and Automation

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The Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute announced today that Lisa Masciantonio, the organization’s Chief Workforce Officer, was selected as one of 20 Exceptional Women in Robotics and... Read More
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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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External News

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...

COVID-19, Workforce

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...

Industry Week
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...

Our Network @ Work

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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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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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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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
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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.