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Veterans Find Meaningful Careers in Manufacturing

Tony Lawrence
Nov 10, 2020 3:05:26 PM

This November, we want to celebrate, recognize, and honor those who currently serve and who have served our great nation on this Veterans Day. Thank you all for your courage, dedication, and hard work. Also, thank you to all the military families for your support, resilience, and sacrifice. At the Academy of Advanced Manufacturing (AAM), we aim to go above and beyond in our support with more than a “thank you”. It is AAM’s mission to provide veterans and transitioning service members with the upskilling they need to secure meaningful careers in the advanced manufacturing industry.

The Academy of Advanced Manufacturing is a partnership between ManpowerGroup and Rockwell Automation, designed to provide upskilling opportunities in advanced manufacturing to US veterans. The program is offered at no charge to the veteran. To date, we have placed over 150 AAM students with about 70 participating employers. Some fast facts on our program:• AAM is exclusively focused on advanced manufacturing, specifically instrumentation, automation & controls technicians

  • AAM is a hands-on paid-to-train and in-residence program, all housing, food, and other expenses are covered. There are no fees to join or use of the veterans' GI Bill, government grants, scholarships, or other methods of funding
  • We work with veterans and transitioning service members from all branches of the military
  • There is no time limit or cap on when the veteran can join
  • Our labs are state-of-the art and situated at Rockwell Automation’s campuses in Milwaukee, WI and Mayfield Heights, OH

Manufacturing is a critical component to the backbone of the economy. And as manufacturing becomes more automated than ever before, there is no one better suited to serve in the industry than our veterans who have learned on automation and AR/VR technologies as well as developing their electro-mechanical skills while in the service. In my experience, veterans also learn new skills and concepts quickly, maintain a meticulous attention to detail, exhibit grace under pressure, understand the importance of safety & procedure, and have an unflagging desire to see every task – no matter how mundane – through to its conclusion.

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As we celebrate Veterans Day, I am particularly thankful to be AAM’s National Veteran Liaison to assist in the recruitment, engagement, corporate relations, and overall program development across the country. My personal transition was difficult. There weren’t any opportunities like the AAM available when I got out of the military and it was a struggle at times. The AAM program is here to help eliminate that struggle and the stress involved in not knowing what’s next and bridge veterans to their new careers in advanced manufacturing. I take great pride in working with our amazing team at ManpowerGroup and Rockwell Automation to help ensure that our graduates are successful throughout the program and post-graduation – not just in technical skills, but the soft skills that we know make all the difference on your shop floor.

Twenty-nine military veterans will graduate from AAM in November, and all have the opportunity for employment as Instrumentation, Automation, Controls Technicians at manufacturing companies across the country. They are taking their next mission to strengthen US Manufacturing and close the skills gap in advanced manufacturing. I also want to thank the 70 employers that have provided our AAM graduates with their next career opportunity. Your commitment to hire veteran talent changes lives every day.

Please support our veterans on this Veterans Day and the mission of #doingwellbydoinggood by spreading the word to potential AAM trainees. Help our veterans across the country take advantage of an opportunity that could change their lives for the better and keep manufacturing innovative! AAM is running 6 classes in 2021, starting January 11 in Milwaukee, WI. There are approximately 140 seats to fill for this incredible opportunity!

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