U.S. DOE Partners With Tenn. College System to Train Veterans For 3D Printing & Manufacturing Jobs
The U.S. Department of Energy and Oak Ridge Associated Universities in Tennessee are working together to prepare active duty U.S. military and veterans for advanced manufacturing jobs in industries such as additive manufacturing.
Through the partnership, eligible active duty U.S. military and veterans receive hands-on advanced manufacturing training through ORAU’s Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Development Program.
The AMWD Program is a one-year certification program. Those in the program take night classes at Pellissippi State Community College in courses such as 3D additive manufacturing, engineering technology and composite materials. Throughout the duration of the program, participants also get 25-hours per week of on-the-job advanced manufacturing training at local manufacturing businesses.
After they complete their coursework, veterans also get assistance finding a place to use their newly acquired skills.
“Right now there are about 10 thousand active duty military members that are leaving the military every month,” said Lonnie Love, a group leader at The AMWD Program told local NBC affiliate WBIR. “What we want to do is kind of tap off some of those that really have aptitude for manufacturing, give them some skills, and help them find great careers in the manufacturing industry.”
Some of the things people in the program will learn in the classroom and during their internships include how to design for advanced manufacturing needs, fabrication techniques and how to use 3D printers. Past participants said they are amazed by what they are taught in the program.
“They are right now trying to print a car,” DeVore said. “Who in their wildest dreams would have thought you could three-dimensionally print a car?”
Participants in the program receive free tuition, fees and books, as well as a weekly stipend and housing allowance. According to the ORAU AMWD website, this is in addition to any GI Bill monies for which the veteran is eligible. The program is currently only in East Tennessee.
According to WBIR, those who oversee the program hope it spreads to other schools across the country, so that it can reach more active duty military and veterans. Applications for the program were accepted up until yesterday, Tuesday (Aug. 19). Classes begin Aug. 25 and end July 21, 2015. U.S. First Robotics participants, undergraduate students and those with associates and bachelor’s in science were also eligible for the program.
Programs such as this could have huge implications on the jobs market here in the United States. Veterans oftentimes find themselves out of the military, and unable to find a job which suits them. Such programs give them the ability to learn new skills, and start a new career as a civilian. Let’s hear your thoughts on programs like this one in the 3D printing education for veterans forum thread on 3DPB.com.
You May Also Like
3D Printing News Briefs: November 17, 2018
Continuing with the week’s second edition of 3D Printing News Briefs, or rather formnext 2018 News Briefs, we’ve got more announcements coming from the huge trade fair, which just ended...
Find Your Next Job at 3DPrint.com’s Dedicated 3D Printing Career Board
Are you a fan of 3D printing who dreams of working with the technology for a living? Finding a job in the 3D printing industry may be easier than you...
Freelancer Partners with Department of Energy for Advanced Manufacturing Challenges
Crowdsourcing site Freelancer has teamed up with NASA for more than one competition involving 3D printing and 3D design, including a robot arm and a system for recycling in space. Now...
ORNL Develops a New 3D Printing Material and Showcases Several Others
Lignin is a complex organic polymer that is an important part of the cell walls of many plants, making them woody and rigid. It’s also a 3D printable material, much...
View our broad assortment of in house and third party products.