6/7/2017 | 1 MINUTE READ

Tooling U-SME Introduces Additive Manufacturing Training Solutions

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A new Additive Manufacturing Fundamentals Certification is part of the portfolio.

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Tooling U-SME, the workforce development arm of SME, has launched a portfolio of additive manufacturing learning and development solutions that includes access to specialized training packages, apprenticeship programs and what is said to be the industry’s first certification to support manufacturers that want to increase additive manufacturing operations at their companies/organizations and schools looking to prepare their students for careers in manufacturing.

“Restructuring the workforce to accommodate increased additive manufacturing operations is a major concern for companies that want to ramp up work in this market,” says Jeannine Kunz, vice president of Tooling U-SME. “More and more, manufacturers are increasing the number of additive-made parts in products, so not having a workforce with the right skills to use this new technology is an increasingly important priority for companies and schools.”

The new Additive Manufacturing Fundamentals Certification is ideal for individuals seeking to advance their careers, as well as community colleges and companies that want to grow a well-trained workforce with an understanding of additive technologies. This assessment will serve as a prerequisite for the next phase, the Additive Manufacturing Technician Certification, which will be rolled out later in 2017. These stackable certifications can lead to an additive manufacturing apprenticeship such as those Tooling U-SME support through the U.S. Department of Labor’s Registered Apprenticeship Program.

Preparation for the Additive Certifications is supported by eight online classes, which are offered by Tooling U-SME. These classes were developed in conjunction with Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland.

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