Through additional training and continuing education opportunities, both professionals and workers in manufacturing can move forward, preparing for whatever advancement opportunities come down the line. The following is a list of leading training providers.
Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP)
MEP, which is spearheaded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, hosts local chapters in all states. The organization provides ongoing education and resources on topics, most affecting small manufacturers around the nation. The MEP website provides links to MEP Local Centers.
In addition to the Local Centers, MEP helps companies expand into global markets through ExporTech; and provides innovative methods to utilize technology and stimulate growth and productivity through its Innovation Engineering Management System and Technological Acceleration Strategy.
The Association for Operations Management
Aside from an annual conference highlighting topics such as cutting-edge solutions for the global supply chain, sustainable operations, forecasting, demand management and more, the Association provides a lengthy menu of career advancement opportunities for the manufacturing professionals. These include Webinars, educational software packages, workshops and online study.
American Society for Quality (ASQ)
ASQ not only offers certification programs, but also provides extensive continuing education opportunities. The organization's manufacturer-targeted training outlines methods to increase team performance, productivity and cash flow, all the while scaling back on cost and lead time. ASQ's courses are taught at training sites, as well as online.
Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) In addition to their certification programs, SME offers a range of training for various manufacturing industries. Individuals can choose from face to face classroom training, webinars, and self-paced online courses. Customized training sessions can be scheduled for groups of employees.
An affiliate of the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME), the Institute provides scholarship funds for worthy students to attend AME's annual International Lean Conference and related events. The goal is to encourage more young people, the future leaders of industry, to consider a career in manufacturing operations, while at the same time learning about Lean manufacturing and the pursuit of excellence.
National Association of Manufacturers/ Manufacturing Institute
Through its affiliate, the Manufacturing Institute, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) operates a Manufacturing Skills Certification System to help train and educate a workforce that will be technologically able to succeed in today's manufacturing sector.
With the multiple goals of educating the manufacturing workforce, assisting employers in finding qualified and trained employees, providing more training and employment for our youth and trying to remain globally competitive, NAM is implementing this skills certification system by providing course materials to educators and thought leaders across the country.