ARM’s first Education/Workforce Development Project Call focused on the creation of sustainable apprenticeship programs that respond to specific needs of small and medium manufacturers (SMMs) in robotics and automation.

“We believe that the selected apprenticeship projects will actively address critical gaps in the manufacturing workforce,” notes Rebecca Hartley, ARM Chief Workforce Officer. “These programs will catalyze engaging, high-value careers in manufacturing while emphasizing the importance of lifelong, active learning for continued career success.”

Subject to the finalization of all contractual details and requirements, the 6 selected Education/Workforce Projects are briefly outlined below.

Teach-Bot Apprentice Education and Training System

Principal Investigator: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Project Description: This project lowers the barriers of entry to careers in manufacturing with no coding, technical jargon, or complex reasoning involved in the introductory course. The Teach-Bot project centers on the use of ABB robots to teach industrial robotics to pre-apprentices, American workers, and SMM managers. The robots play the role as an instructor and mentor by showing demos and executing experiments.

Revitalizing Apprenticeships for Small and Medium Sized Industries

Principal Investigator: Clemson University

Project Description: This project centers on the creation of modules to facilitate stackable credentials in robotics and automation that culminate in a Robotic Systems Certificate. In addition to student-focused modules, the project includes a careers pathway focus to educate students, counselors, and parents about careers in robotics-enabled industries.

SMART – Smart Manufacturing and Advanced Robotics Training

Principal Investigator: The Robotics Academy (Carnegie Mellon University)

Project Description: The SMART Project centers on the creation of stackable credentials to provide students with robotic preparation skills. By integrating input from community colleges, manufacturers, and roboticists, SMART will help high school students gain fundamental training for future careers in robotics. This program will first target students in high school, but in the future will expand to target unemployed, underemployed, and incumbent workers

Robotics Technician Apprenticeship Program

Principal Investigator: Catalyst Connection

Project Description: The Robotics Technician Apprenticeship Program is an expansive project that will enhance existing training resources, provide in-class training, offer lab/experiential, and secure industry-led training for participants at manufacturing job sites.

Apprenticeship Academy Mechatronics Pilot Program with NIMS Recognized Robotics Certification

Principal Investigator: The Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM)

Project Description: This project will create an apprenticeship that focuses on Mechatronics as the foundation to create a NIMS-recognized Robotics Certification. Specifically, this program will address the manufacturing talent gap for transitioning military, under/unemployed, and youth to fill 3.5 million manufacturing jobs needed in the next ten years. The project is structured as a learn-as-you-earn career path with a participating industry employer who sponsors the student’s training and pays their salary. The stackable credentials will leverage the CCAM Apprentice Academy Pilot Program in Mechatronics with all curricula and training will being vetted by industry and stakeholder involvement.


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