Joseph W. Lampinen CMfgE, Senior Director, Engineering Services, KellyOCG
Availability of a workforce properly trained in Additive Manufacturing (AM) concepts and practices is essential for manufacturers who are planning to implement AM processes. While new graduate engineers may be natives in additive technology, experienced practicing engineers and manufacturing technicians can benefit from continuing education and in-service training to introduce or reinforce their skills in additive manufacturing processes. This presentation will outline skill and training needs for engineers and technicians in product design, plant maintenance, and production roles. We will discuss strategies that manufacturers are using to prepare their workforce for AM, sources of training, special training considerations for contract workers (which many manufacturers utilize in a variety of roles), and training standards and reference sources.