Academy of Advanced Manufacturing

Bridge the manufacturing skills gap with veteran training

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Manufacturing companies are facing a skill shortage and struggling to find candidates to fill many critical manufacturing jobs. In addition, the costs to source, recruit, assess, select and develop a highly skilled workforce are growing rapidly. To tackle the critical skills shortage in the fast-evolving manufacturing sector, Rockwell Automation and ManpowerGroup developed the Academy of Advanced Manufacturing (AAM) – a joint initiative to provide U.S. military veterans with the upskilling they need to succeed in advanced manufacturing roles. This veteran training program not only helps bridge the manufacturing skills gap, but it also helps provide jobs for veterans.

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From Military to Manufacturing

Launched in 2017, the Academy of Advanced Manufacturing program is rapidly upskilling U.S. veterans across high-demand, technology-based roles in as little as four months. From this veteran training program, more than 80% of graduates have been placed in career-advancing roles. 

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How does this program work?

The Academy of Advanced Manufacturing program recruits veterans with technical skills. They complete an in-depth screening and assessment process for their potential success in the AAM program and future advanced manufacturing jobs.

The program combines instructor-led classroom learning with hands-on laboratory experience. The AAM Program leverages the vast knowledge of Rockwell Automation in advanced manufacturing. Together, with ManpowerGroup’s global insight into changing skills needs and workforce solutions, we aim to power the future of manufacturing in the United States.

The AAM Program consists of a 12-week training curriculum that covers both technical and professional competencies. Some of the key technical courses include industrial automation principles, controllers, networks, visualization, AC drives/motors, instrumentation, and machine safety. The major professional competencies include accelerating team performance, communications, navigating change, managing conflict and presentation skills. Graduates of the AAM Program are certified by Rockwell Automation in these technical and professional areas.

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Hear What Graduates Have to Say

Hear from some of our 2019 Academy of Advanced Manufacturing graduates. They’ve went through the 12-week program, completed the training and successfully received their certifications. With job offerings and new skills, see where they are now and how they are succeeding beyond the AAM program.


Hear From Our Customers

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Read how Endress+Hauser is involved in the AAM program and how they now employ some of the veteran graduates from the 10 cohorts. Jerry Spindler, Training Manager at Endress+Hauser, discusses their collaboration efforts to assist customers and veterans. 

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The president and CEO of Thermo Systems and an AAM graduate talk about how the program has impacted them. Hear about how they got involved, how it’s going and the value that they’ve seen within their company. 

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