Harrison College Collaborates on Advanced Manufacturing Certification

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Indianapolis, IN, September 12, 2016– Today, Harrison College and 1st Maker Space, LLC, both headquartered in Indianapolis, announce a program which will make it easier, faster and less expensive for youth and adults to train for a career in the state’s rapidly growing advanced manufacturing sector.  The new ‘Introduction to Advanced Manufacturing – Building a 3D Printer (IAM Cert)’ rapid learning program is designed for students that may or may not be enrolled in Harrison’s traditional two or four-year degree programs.

Students will receive a certificate in Introduction to Advanced Manufacturing after they build, debug and operate a 3D printer which they get to keep after they complete the course.  Thought to be the first of its kind, the IAM-Cert program combines theory, practice and hands-on learning about next generation 3D printing technology.

Several local manufacturers, workforce development agencies, as well as other schools of higher-ed, have endorsed the course and say it will improve job readiness for young adults seeking high skill/high wage jobs in Indiana’s growing advanced manufacturing sector.

“We are excited to offer this unique program to our students who desire job-readiness skills in a market that rewards men and women who can think on their feet and work with their hands.” Said Jim Hutton,  CEO of Harrison.  “We believe certification programs can help fill the gap between the number of qualified workers and manufacturing job openings.”

EmployIndy, the Workforce Development Board in Indianapolis, reports there are tens of thousands of high wage jobs unfilled in central Indiana, primarily due to the lack of qualified applicants ready to step into those jobs.  Those jobs only require certification in a field to get started – not a four-year degree.

Kim Brand, President of 1st Maker Space, LLC, said, “There are few developments in manufacturing with the potential to transform industry the way 3D printing has.  We are delighted to bring the technology and experience we have gained in this field to our partnership with Harrison College.”

The “Introduction to Advanced Manufacturing – Building a 3D Printer” program is unique in several respects.  Principal among them is the fact that every student will actually assemble, debug and operate a 3D printer during the 12-week course, which they get to keep at the end of the course.  Along the way they learn basic facts about safety, engineering, machine assembly, tools, fixtures, materials and quality control methods.  They also learn 3D modeling and graphical dimensioning and tolerancing.  Since 3D printers resemble robots in their function, they learn about machine control programming.

This course is concentrated so that it can be taken by someone who wants to find a good paying job in advanced manufacturing right away.  These include jobs paying over $45,000/year that involve experience with plant maintenance, troubleshooting machine operations, assembling, interpreting technical instructions, field technical support, etc.  Typical candidates are good with their hands and like problem solving.

Harrison’s first class for Introduction to Advanced Manufacturing – Building a 3D Printer starts October 4th and is limited to 10 students.  Registration information can be found at: www.1stMakerSpace.com or by calling 317.399.5001.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Shawna Barnes at 317.399.5001 or email at Shawna@1stMakerSpace.com.