The ARM Institute is working with a project team tasked with the development of a virtual reality (VR) prototype for assessing and credentialing advanced manufacturing workers. The purpose of this project is to demonstrate how VR and similar technology can be used to provide incumbent manufacturing workers with the ability to earn credentials based upon the knowledge, skill, and abilities (KSAs) gained through on-the-job training in a manufacturing facility incorporating robotics and automation, often referred to as Industry 4.0.
Highlighted below, the selected organizations will work with the ARM Institute to develop a Robotic Technician assessment test to be delivered via VR and/or similar simulation capabilities incorporating Artificial Intelligence (AI) to optimize the assessment capabilities in future versions.
- SimInsights Inc. will provide the virtual reality environment creation and assessment creation for the project.
- APT Manufacturing Solutions, Inc. will provide the real-world environment for creation in a virtual world as well as subject-matter expertise in creating the assessment within their environment. APT Manufacturing Solutions has been providing high-tech solutions to manufacturing problems for over 25 years.
- IBL Education will provide integration capabilities for the solution to be hosted on the Open EdX platform.
Funding for this project was provided through the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Manufacturing Technology (ManTech) Program and is designed to leverage the investment made by ManTech in the Open EdX learning platform.