Workforce Development

UI LABS facilitates and provides the foundations required for effective workforce development, leveraging a network of partners and stakeholders across industry, education, government, and non-profit organizations, particularly where data and automation transformations challenge current approaches. These activities help train and educate the current and future workforce in digital manufacturing and design applications.

Online Courses on Digital Manufacturing and Design

In partnership with the University at Buffalo, DMDII has developed a massive open online course (MOOC) on the topic of digital manufacturing and design, demonstrating how they can be used throughout a product’s lifecycle. The courses are offered on Coursera, the world’s largest platform for MOOCs. Individual course content, including videos and readings, can be accessed at no cost. To enroll in the series, with access to all assignments and the opportunity to earn a specialization completion certificate, there is a monthly fee through Coursera (scholarships are available). Access the MOOC here.

Digital Manufacturing Jobs Taxonomy

In partnership with staffing and workforce solutions firm ManpowerGroup, DMDII has identified 100 different roles in manufacturing that will be created or transformed by the introduction of digital technology in the industry. A number of drivers are seen as key to those positions, including a greater emphasis on teams, more data analytics, automation at the individual and factory level, and data connectivity. A forthcoming report will detail formal job profiles for positions emerging from digital manufacturing. Read more here.

Assistance for Small and Medium-Sized Manufacturers

Working in partnership with the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), DMDII has created a digital manufacturing assistance program to support small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) in adopting new technologies and processes. This program offers assessments for manufacturers to determine their digital readiness and connects MEP practitioner staff to SMMs for digital manufacturing assistance.

STEM Education

Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education provides the opportunity to engage America’s future workforce and shape their preparation for careers in manufacturing. Through our Digital Days program, DMDII hosts middle and high school students for 2.5 hours of educational STEM programming including hands-on instruction, career coaching, and a digital manufacturing game.