Smart Manufacturing Workforce Development Model

Project Lead: El Camino College
Partners: University of California Berkeley, California State University Northridge, University of California Los Angeles, Atollogy, Autodesk, Aerospace, Honeywell, University of California Irvine, University of Southern California

Member % Cost Share: 61%
CESMII % Cost Share: 39%
Duration: 24 Months

Problem Statement

Lack of tools available to assess a business’s readiness to adopt SM technologies and availability of corresponding education and training programs across the country.

Project Goal

To develop a SM Workforce Model that leverages existing education and workforce training systems to develop the workforce needed for SM.

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Technical Approach

This program will be designed so that any curriculum, training component, or business development tool developed can easily be adopted and customized by organizations nation-wide.

Key Tasks & Milestones

  • Determine SM core competencies for operators, technicians, engineers and managers
  • Create a national inventory of existing SM workforce and education programs from across the country
  • Conduct a gap analysis of SM core competencies required by industry and existing SM educational and training programs
  • Develop training modules and a certificate program model focused on the incumbent workforce
  • Develop an SM awareness campaign for businesses
  • Develop SM Career Path with an 18-unit SM post bachelor certificate program with modular classes for K-12, community colleges
  • Develop models, test-bed, software and graduate courses for chemical engineering pathway
  • Develop SM modular classes for K-12, CC and University
  • Integrate SM courses into career pathways

Potential Impact

  • Once the curriculum is available, the number of SM educated and trained workers will increase and companies will be more likely to adopt SM technologies
  • An educational program throughout California that can be replicated at no-or-low cost across the country.
  • A bridge to spread information between K-12 districts, community colleges, and 4-year universities –systems that are already well funded


  • Creation of tools needed for adoption of SM curriculum at all levels of education and training
  • A modular and customizable system so where any curriculum, training component, or business development tools can be easily adopted and customized by organizations nationwide
  • User-friendly software allowing engineers to use without extensive control systems knowledge

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