PROJECT LEAD: Amatrol, Inc

PROJECT PARTNERS: Texas A&M University

PROBLEM STATEMENT:

Shortage of incumbent and new workers skilled in Smart Manufacturing technologies due to: 

  • Lack of SM college programs and short-term SM courses/credentials for industry
  • Lack of low-cost VR/Digital Twin teaching tools to make hands-on labs affordable
  • Not enough teachers with skills to teach SM courses

PROJECT GOAL: Create and demonstrate the effectiveness of a scalable community workforce development model, which includes flexible, low-cost teaching  tools and assessments that can be implemented nationwide to expand SM training to meet industry needs.

TECHNICAL APPROACH:

The project will meet its objectives by forming:

  • SM Center at Texas A&M University to lead the development of the VR/ digital twin software and develop an instructor professional development academy
  • Network of colleges and industry to develop SM courses/assessments (in collaboration with Amatrol staff), pilot the courses and teaching materials including the VR/Digital Twin software
  • Amatrol development team to align online materials to SM courses and SACA credentials 

KEY TASKS AND MILESTONES:

  • Milestone 1: SM Center, Network, & Development Teams formed, VR and Course Dev.-Initial Phase
  • Milestone 2: SM Equip. Commissioned, VR and Courses Completed, Instructor Training Designed
  • Milestone 3: VR-Equipment Interface, Assessments, and Instructor Training Completed; Pilot Sch.
POTENTIAL IMPACT:

  • Significant increase in number of SM-trained U.S. workers, incumbent and new
  • Highly effective SM training programs widely available in schools and industry in U.S.
  • Ability to easily start new SM programs at low cost

BENEFITS:

  • Playbook that can be disseminated to members
  • Model demonstration site in Texas
  • Training programs aligned with CESMII curriculum framework
  • Low cost training tools for CESMII members 
Member % Cost Share CESMII % Cost Share Duration
50% 50% 11-12 Months

 

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