CLEVELAND, June 26, 2017 — Tooling U-SME, a leading provider of manufacturing training solutions, recently introduced the industry’s first additive manufacturing certification, and now announces America Makes as the official co-sponsor of this program. The Additive Manufacturing Fundamentals Certification and Additive Manufacturing Technician Certification are the first and only programs to validate an individual’s knowledge of industry-standard concepts in additive manufacturing. Each were developed for those seeking to advance their careers, as well as community colleges and companies that want to grow a well-trained additive workforce.
“We’re proud to have America Makes join us as the co-sponsor of these additive manufacturing certification programs. This collaboration reinforces our commitment to the additive manufacturing and 3D printing community,” said Jeannine Kunz, vice president of Tooling U-SME. “By partnering with America Makes, we’re able to extend our outreach to the workforce and tackle the impending skills gap that the advanced manufacturing industry is facing.”
The Additive Manufacturing Fundamental Certification is an exam-only program driven by industry requirements for fundamental additive manufacturing knowledge required for those new to the technology. The Additive Manufacturing Technician Certification is an exam-based program, accompanied by a skills guide, to support both knowledge application and skills building for entry-level additive technicians, and is the pre-cursor to an Additive Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship program.
“Strong certification programs such as this are a key to the advancement, acceleration and adoption of additive manufacturing, both across education and industry, as well as a critical factor for developing a skilled workforce,” said Leanne Gluck, deputy director for workforce and education at America Makes. “America Makes is pleased to partner with Tooling U-SME to provide this resource to our membership and beyond.”
To learn more about the new certification program and exam, visit Additive Manufacturing Fundamentals Certification.
About Tooling U-SME
Tooling U-SME delivers versatile, competency-based learning and development solutions to the manufacturing community, working with more than half of all Fortune 500® manufacturing companies, as well as 600 educational institutions across the country. Tooling U-SME partners with customers to build high performers who help their companies drive quality, productivity, innovation, and employee satisfaction. Working directly with hundreds of high schools, community colleges, and universities, Tooling U-SME is also able to help prepare the next generation workforce by providing industry-driven curriculum. A division of SME, an organization that connects people to manufacturing solutions, Tooling U-SME can be found at toolingu.com, facebook.com/toolingu or follow @ToolingU on Twitter.
About America Makes
America Makes is the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute. As the national accelerator for additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing (3DP), America Makes is the nation’s leading and collaborative partner in AM and 3DP technology research, discovery, creation, and innovation. Structured as a public-private partnership with member organizations from industry, academia, government, non-government agencies, and workforce and economic development resources, we are working together to innovate and accelerate AM and 3DP to increase our nation’s global manufacturing competitiveness. Based in Youngstown, Ohio, America Makes is the first institute for up to 45 manufacturing innovation institutes to follow and is driven by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM). For more information about America Makes, visit http://americamakes.us.
Oneika Mobley, Tooling U-SME