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Advanced Manufacturing Fundamentals | Prepare Students for Future Jobs

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Skills Gap InfoGraphicAre your career and technical education (CTE) programs preparing your students for the highly-skilled, high-paying jobs available throughout industry today? Technology is transforming the way the world does business, and educational institutions must evolve to meet the changing demands of industry.

The jobs of the future are increasingly technical and technology-driven. Unfortunately, current and future demand for the types of workers industry needs far exceeds supply, creating what is now commonly known as the “skills gap.” In fact, one of the most common questions heard throughout industry today is: Where Are All the Highly-Skilled Workers? Administrators and CTE instructors are thus faced with a challenge: how to prepare students for the jobs of the future.

Many educational institutions have intensified their efforts to dedicate more resources to teaching science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects. However, teaching STEM subjects alone is not enough. Educators must align programs with the needs of the evolving workplace to produce students prepared for the technical and technology-driven jobs available throughout industry today. Amatrol’s Advanced Manufacturing Fundamentals (AMF) program combines self-directed eLearning with real-world equipment to teach students the hands-on, transferable skills industry needs.

Amatrol’s Advanced Manufacturing Fundamentals Prepares Students for Successful Careers in Industry

AMF was developed by subject-matter experts in conjunction with guidance from industry leaders and educational institutions to ensure that students interested in a rewarding career in modern industry can make an immediate contribution in the workplace without hundreds of hours of additional training.

Advanced Manufacturing Fundamentals Course and Topic Chart

Designed around project-based learning, AMF consists of three courses that span five semesters. Students begin with foundational topics, such as safety, measurement, hand tools, and print reading.

They then move on to learn relevant knowledge and hands-on skills related to a wide variety of topics essential in modern industry, including: AC/DC electricity; fluid power; machine tools; mechanical drives; electrical relay control; computer-aided design and manufacturing; CNC machine operation and programming; materials engineering; electrical fabrication; plastics and mold design; welding; and lean manufacturing.

To ensure students are prepared for the technologically-advanced roles they will be expected to fill, Advanced Manufacturing Fundamentals also teaches them the core concepts and relevant skills associated with the advanced technologies commonly found throughout modern industry, including programmable controllers, electronic sensors, robot programming, and mechatronics systems. Even in the midst of ever-increasing automation, however, uniquely-human, “soft” skills remain important. AMF also addresses these needs by providing training in essential areas, such as communications, presentations, and teamwork.

AMF Combines Highly-Interactive Multimedia Curriculum, Virtual Training, and Hands-On Skills with Real-World Equipment

To engage and reach students with a variety of learning styles, Amatrol’s AMF program features a robust combination of learning methods to provide an outstanding learning experience that includes both comprehensive theoretical knowledge and practical, hands-on skills valuable throughout industry. Examples include:

Highly-Interactive Multimedia Curriculum

Amatrol’s eLearning offers flexible, self-directed technical training with comprehensive content and exceptional interactivity for practical skill development. Amatrol’s curriculum features a highly-interactive, multimedia format that includes stunning 3D graphics and videos, voiceovers of all text, and interactive exercises designed to appeal to learners with different learning styles. To help instructor’s gauge student comprehension and engagement, the curriculum also includes assessment quizzes, as well as classroom-based skills assessment via Amatrol’s exclusive Skill Boss Manufacturing performance assessment tool. To learn more about Amatrol’s eLearning, click here.

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Virtual Training

Amatrol’s Virtual Training uses virtual simulators to replicate hands-on equipment in such great detail that learners will feel like they are using the actual equipment. Learners perform essentially the same tasks using virtual trainers that they would using the hands-on systems.

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Hands-On Skills with Real-World Equipment

Amatrol’s hands-on training systems are designed by engineers and subject-matter experts and hand-crafted, assembled, welded, wired, and painted at our facility in Jeffersonville, Indiana. These systems are loaded with real-world, industrial components to enable students to practice on the type of equipment they will encounter on the job. These heavy-duty systems stand up to frequent use by inexperienced users. Examples of the types of hands-on training systems used in the AMF program include:

Course 1: Introduction to Advanced Manufacturing

Course 2: Advanced Manufacturing Systems 1

In addition to the types of equipment used in Course 1, Course 2 also uses the following equipment:

Course 3: Advanced Manufacturing Systems 2

In addition to the types of equipment used in Courses 1 and 2, Course 3 also uses the following equipment:

AMF Provides Instructors with Great Flexibility

To allow instructors the flexibility they need to guide their students through the Advanced Manufacturing Fundamentals program efficiently, the program consists of group blocks, pod rotations, mini projects, and field trips. Much of the eLearning can be assigned for self-directed study while groups work together on pod rotations and mini projects. The Instructor’s Guide for each course contains a flow chart that serves as a guide for how each course can be structured. Contact Amatrol for more details regarding the multimedia curriculum, hands-on equipment, and other materials featured in each course.

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