Virtual Reality Training Will Create Paths to Robotics Careers

The shortage of skilled robotic technicians is a significant hurdle in the adoption of robotics, and it is hindering the growth of advanced manufacturing. The ARM Institute is collaborating with its nearly 340+ members to develop a Virtual Reality environment in which potential and current manufacturing employees can undergo performance-based assessments that test their robotic and automation knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). The immersive VR technology will be used to test people on their robotics competency and to earn an Industry 4.0 Robotic Career credential.

Many potential and current manufacturing technicians have KSAs that can easily be upskilled for robotics and automation. Providing a low-cost testing mechanism to validate competency levels will alleviate the need for classes and shorten the hiring, onboarding and time to productivity for new employees.

What an Immersive VR Experience Looks Like

See how virtual reality allows the user to immerse themselves in a virtual environment.

 

Project Participants

The ARM Robotic Technician Development Program project team is building this prototype VR environment with assessment capabilities followed by a lessons-learned report and “how-to” guide that will serve as a model for future VR training and testing. The prototype will be available in Fall 2022.

Funding for the project comes from the Department of Defense’s Manufacturing Technology (ManTech) program.

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