IACMI, DOD launches metallurgical apprenticeship program

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The Metallurgical Engineering Trades Apprenticeship and Learning program (METAL), a national work force initiative designed to strengthen national defense through work force development and technological advancement, recently launched.

The IACMI–The Composites Institute, a community of industry, colleges and universities, national laboratories, launched the program in partnership with the Department of Defense’s Industrial Base Analysis and Sustainment Program, Pennsylvania State University (PSU), the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and Jobs for the Future.

Jobs for the Future will develop apprenticeship programs and help companies recruit, train, and retain employees while the universities will co-develop online and in-person curricula for students from elementary school to adult.

“This hands-on ‘boot camp’ style of instruction is a powerful addition to PSU’s existing metal manufacturing curriculum spread across a number of disciplines,” Paul Lynch, associate professor of industrial engineering and Manufacturing Management Programs master, said. “Our goal is to not only educate but also inspire the next generation to pursue careers in metal manufacturing. We look forward to seeing students walk away from the camps wanting to continue to learn more and have an in-depth understanding of the broad range of prosperous careers available in metal manufacturing.”

PSU also is developing plans for growth of the METAL program beyond the contract period.