By Noah W. | 3DP4E
The Department of Energy's Advanced Manufacturing Office, Renewable Energy; Oak Ridge Associated Universities, Pellissippi State Community College, and Oak Ridge National Library have partnered up to create the Advanced Manufacturing Internship program, which is designed to provide accelerated, hands-on career training for veterans and next-generation engineers to prepare them to immediately enter the workforce of the growing advanced manufacturing industry.
The six-week program, which began in early July, includes a combination of three weeks of classes at Pellissippi, two weeks of hands-on training at the ORNL Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF), and one week of carbon fiber composites training at the Science & Technology Park on ORNL's main campus. Participants learn to design for advanced manufacturing needs and are educated on 3D printers, fabrication techniques, and materials including titanium, carbon fiber, ABS plastics and other composites.
The first class included 15 Army, Navy or Marine veterans, three active duty personnel, two reservists, three FIRST Robotics students, and two undergraduate engineering students.
"The science behind additive manufacturing is fascinating, but it really comes down to the feeling of how great it would be to help people," said Grabianowski, a disabled veteran and one of the programs first students. "I see a future in this industry, and I can serve my country by learning the technology and software to build 3D-printed exhaust systems for cars and trucks that will save Americans millions in fuel costs someday."
The program ended with a job fair at ORAU's Pollard Technology Conference Center. Over a dozen recruiters from advanced manufacturing companies were in attendance, and many of the interns now have job offers, leads, or opportunities to continue their education.
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