This project helps to build the next generation of manufacturers through hands-on manufacturing education in high school


The ACE Project builds off of an existing apprenticeship program offered by Oberg with an added emphasis on industrial automation. This program is offered to students grades nine through twelve and includes hands-on interaction with industry certification. In addition to skills training in mathematics, mechatronics, and more, the program outlines different pathways to manufacturing careers from technical training to traditional college education. By engaging students, parents, and educators, this program addresses the misconception that careers in manufacturing are dangerous and unstable, creating a new pipeline of manufacturing talent.


Prepare high school students for careers in manufacturing and offer a realistic perspective on manufacturing careers that counter misconceptions.

Technical Approach

High school education culminating in an industry recognized certification


Oberg (Principal Investigator), Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)