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Project Highlight: Robotics Technician Training for Transitioning Military and Veterans

Robotics, Workforce

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 training.

Through this ARM project, Impact Washington (IW) and Center for Advanced Manufacturing Puget Sound (CAMPS), a Washington State Advanced Manufacturing membership association, established a new Robotics Technician training program for transitioning military personnel and veterans. This program leveraged the existing M2M Career Pathways Program established in 2012 with Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) and Navy Region Northwest.

This project trained transitioning military service members and veterans for career opportunities in manufacturing, specifically in the areas of advanced manufacturing and robotic technologies. Project participants attended a two-day workshop where they became familiar with manufacturing industry career tracks and terminology. Project participants also attended CAMPS events so that they build their network through CAMPS’ membership of manufacturers, supply chain partners, professional service providers, and government, education, and non-profit organizations. Since 2012, CAMPS has assisted more than 1,000 transitioning military personnel, veterans, and dependents with evaluating and pursuing manufacturing careers.