Automation Apprenticeship Project
The Connecticut Apprenticeship Program in Robotics and Automation is a robotics project designed to forge a comprehensive network of manufacturers in Connecticut who are at the forefront of robotics and automation technologies. This ambitious project aims to accomplish several key outcomes:
- Launch of a Modular Dual-Training Apprenticeship Program: Marking the first year of operation, this program is uniquely modular and dual-training in nature. It offers automation apprentices an opportunity to engage in hands-on learning experiences while receiving theoretical education. This approach ensures a well-rounded understanding of the complexities in robotics and automation, equipping participants with both practical skills and theoretical knowledge.
- Implementation of a Faculty In-Residence Program for Technology Development and Insertion: A significant component of this project is the establishment of a faculty in-residence program. This program invites experts and educators in the field to collaborate directly with the manufacturing network. Their role is pivotal in developing new technologies and integrating them seamlessly into the manufacturing process. This collaboration not only drives innovation but also ensures that the latest advancements in robotics and automation are quickly and effectively transferred to the workforce.
- Long-Term Strategic Planning for Program Growth and Sustainability: The project is not just about immediate results but also focuses on sustainable growth and long-term impact. Through strategic planning, the program aims to evolve continuously, adapting to the changing demands of the industry and technological advancements. This foresight is crucial in maintaining the program’s relevance and effectiveness over time.
Automation Apprenticeship Objective
- Create an apprenticeship program that is driven by manufacturer feedback.
- Establishment of a network of Connecticut manufacturers focused on robotics and automation;
- Launching of the first year of a modular dual-training robotics apprenticeship program;
- Implementation of a faculty in-residence program for technology development and insertion; and
- Long-term strategic planning to ensure program growth and sustainability
Automation Apprenticeship Participants
University of Connecticut (Principal Investigator), ABB, Central Connecticut State University, ConnSTEP, Connecticut State Colleges and Universities