SME, Army Work to Solve Skills Gap
The new effort aligns with the White House's goal to have 500,000 workers receive NAM-endorsed manufacturing certifications in five years.
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) reports that the U.S. Army recently began a pilot project to expand SME industry certification opportunities for military personnel in highly specialized and technical engineering fields. The goal is to help service members qualify for and pursue jobs as manufacturing technicians, technologists and engineers in the private sector.
According to the organization, the partnership is one of the first actions from the Department of Defense’s “Military Credentialing and Licensing Task Force,” which was recently unveiled by President Obama. It aligns with the administration’s goal to have 500,000 workers receive NAM-endorsed manufacturing certifications throughout the next five years.