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Operation Next

Preparing the manufacturing workforce of the future

Operation Next provides flexible training pathways in high demand advanced manufacturing careers to those who have experienced job loss or are looking to gain some new skills in the post-pandemic economy.

Operation Next is now available at no cost to both individuals seeking new skills for themselves as well as employers seeking new skills for their workers. This support is provided by LIFT with a grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology [NIST].

Operation Next features an accelerated, hybrid curriculum that combines virtual learning online through simulations and multimedia with hands-on, performance-based learning on real-world manufacturing equipment.

TRAINING TRACKS

  • CNC Machine Operations prepares personnel for the role of CNC Operator and is aligned to National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) CNC Operator industry standards.
  • Industrial Maintenance Technician prepares personnel for one of two tracks- Mechanical Maintenance Technician or Electrical Maintenance Technician and is aligned to NIMS Industrial Technology Maintenance industry standards.
  • Robotics prepares personnel for the role of robotics technician, electro-mechanical technician, industrial electrician, mechatronics technician, automation technician, or industrial maintenance technician and includes the ability to earn as many as 11 Smart Automation Certification Alliance (SACA) credentials.
  • Welding prepares personnel to become entry-level welders and is aligned to American Welding Society (AWS) SENSE Level I: Entry Level Welder standards.

HERE’S HOW OPERATION NEXT WORKS

Hybrid Virtual Learning and Work or Lab-Based Training. Operation Next participants will:

  • Take a self-assessment, earning credit for what they already know.
  • Select from one of three majors that will prepare them for the most in-demand advanced manufacturing jobs.
  • Complete training at their own pace, combining virtual learning and hands-on training on real industry equipment. Hands-on training can be completed at your facility on your own equipment and with your own experienced staff as instructors, or be delivered by a local educational provider.
  • Earn nationally portable industry-recognized credentials.

Need more information?

Contact Sarah Gregory
Director, Talent DevelopmentWorkforce Intelligence Network (WIN)
sarah.gregory@WINintelligence.org | 734.934.4510