By Patrick Rouse
Workforce and Continuing Education, Engineering and Advanced Technology, director
Industrial technology maintenance and robotics technicians possess the most in-demand skills in manufacturing today, and I am pleased to announce a free training program that will put you on a fast track to join them.
Called Operation Next, it is offered through LIFT, a public/private partnership between the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute, the Department of Defense and academia. Train at your own pace, with classes offered both virtually and in a hands-on environment. Previously a retraining program for exiting military personnel, its scope has been widened to retrain civilians employed by small to medium-sized manufacturers whose livelihoods have been impacted by the pandemic.
Funds for the program are provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, supplemented by a grant from the U.S. Department of Defense’s Manufacturing Engineering Education Program.
The free training is also available to members of the Michigan National Guard and Reserve, providing them with an opportunity to earn industry-recognized credentials for their next careers.
Macomb will serve as training provider for certificates in Industrial Technology Maintenance (ITM) and Robotics Technician. Additional training in welding and CNC machining is offered at the LIFT Learning Lab in Detroit.
How in-demand are ITM and robotics technicians? The manufacturing industry projects that nearly 40,000 combined job openings will be available annually over the next eight years. And, the credentials earned through Operation Next allows these technicians to work anywhere in the country.
I hope you take advantage of this excellent opportunity by filling out the registration form today. Please don’t delay, space is limited.
And if you have any questions, contact me at 586.498.4108 or firstname.lastname@example.org.