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 LIFT Expands Advanced Manufacturing Certification to Wisconsin National Guard

LIFT Expands Advanced Manufacturing Certification to Wisconsin National Guard

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LIFT, the Detroit-based, Department of Defense-supported national manufacturing innovation institute, in partnership with Western Technical College and Lab Midwest, today announced its “Operation Next... Read More
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NextFlex Manufacturing Day 2021 Virtual Presentation

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NextFlex, the Department of Defense-supported flexible hybrid electronics Manufacturing Innovation Institute [part of Manufacturing USA], hosted students, parents and teachers to a virtual celebration... Read More
NextFlex MFG Day virtual Tour
Go to The White House Joins LIFT To Celebrate Manufacturing Day 2021

The White House Joins LIFT To Celebrate Manufacturing Day 2021

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LIFT, the Detroit-based, Department of Defense-supported national manufacturing innovation institute [part of Manufacturing USA], was joined today by Dr. Alondra Nelson, Deputy Director for Science... Read More
LIFT MFG Day virtual Tour
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Pathways to Manufacturing Careers Infographic

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Manufacturing employs millions of Americans. This infographic helps illustrate the pathways from jobs with adjacent skills to high-tech manufacturing careers and the benefits this transition brings... Read More
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ARM Institute National Robotics Education Program

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The ARM (Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing) Institute announced that two more educational organizations have been evaluated and selected to receive the ARM Endorsement for academic program... Read More
ARM Robotics Education Programs
Go to NIIMBL eXperience Program Leads to Student Internships

NIIMBL eXperience Program Leads to Student Internships

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This summer, a group of talented students received a jump start on a career in the biopharmaceutical industry during the NIIMBL eXperience. Building on the success of previous years, NIIMBL held its... Read More
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Go to NextFlex’s FlexFactor Military Program Launches in Alabama

NextFlex’s FlexFactor Military Program Launches in Alabama

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Alabama is home to one of the United States’ most rapidly growing advanced manufacturing ecosystems. According to the National Association of Manufacturers, manufacturing employs 13% of Alabama’s... Read More
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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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Robotics, Workforce

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...

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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...

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Transitioning Military Members into Advanced Manufacturing

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Active military service members (and military spouses) often have difficulties transitioning to civilian career roles. Terra Trujillo is a proud active service member of the United States Air Force... Read More
BioWork trainees, with Terra Trujillo (far left) and Lisa Smelser (far right). Credit: Central Carolina Community College.  Photo Credit: Elizabeth Ellis, NCBiotech Center
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Unlocking Manufacturing Communities

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The pandemic has impacted how we reach and teach people, including for national Manufacturing Day. Here is just one example of the ways in which the Manufacturing USA® network and partners across the... Read More
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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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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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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.

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