Launched in 2005, the Academy for Manufacturing Careers is a Skilled Trades Related Technical Instruction (RTI)/ Apprenticeship customized training program designed by manufacturers to meet the needs of manufacturers across south-central Michigan. This program is sponsored by and delivered through the Jackson Area Manufacturers Association (JAMA) in partnership with South Central Michigan Works! (SCMW!) and is certified as a Registered Apprenticeship Program by the U.S. Dept. of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship. While learning valuable advanced manufacturing job skills, trainees also earn college credits applicable to degrees from multiple area post-secondary educational institutions, including Jackson College and Baker College of Jackson.
The majority of our courses are held at the Jackson Area Career Center and Lenawee Tech Center. Both facilities offer state-of-the-art access to the latest manufacturing tools and equipment. From high speed Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) mills and lathes to robotic welders and plasma laser cutters, these facilities ideally fit the needs of our area's advanced manufacturers. We also run courses at various manufacturing firms around the tri-country region. Basically, if we have a need for training, we find a local business that has the equipment we need and we hold classes there!
The Academy also hosts a number of K-12 summer youth programs, including I Can Make It Camp, Machining U, and Engineering is Elementary. When combined with programs offered by area partners (including Shop Rat, Jackson County Great Start Collaborative, Junior Achievement of the Michigan Edge, The Learning Fair, and more), our region offers an in-depth array of interconnected hands-on learning programs from birth to adulthood focused on giving participants practical application knowledge of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and advanced manufacturing.
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May & July Classes
The Academy for Manufacturing is offering several classed in May. Please see the link for the flyer. If you are interested in registering, please print the regsitration form and return to the AMC via email or fax (517-782-0061).
The Academy is also offering two additional classes in July. Please see the link for the flyer. If you are interested in registering, please print the regsitration form and return to the AMC via email or fax.
If you have any questions regarding the classes that the AMC is offering please call 517-782-8268.
Jackson manufacturing training program recognized
Jackson manufacturing training program recognized
Jackson’s Academy for Manufacturing Careers is one of 30 programs to be honored for building the Great Lakes Region’s talented manufacturing workforce.
The academy, which works in partnership with The Enterprise Group of Jackson and Jackson Area Manufacturers Association, has been nominated for recognition by the Great Lakes Manufacturing Council as benchmarks for its Talented Workforce Initiative, according to a news release.
All 30 programs will be recognized June 12 in Detroit at the Big M event to celebrate manufacturing’s rebound, and four programs will receive top awards.
The Great Lakes Manufacturing Council created its Talented Workforce Initiative to identify the most imaginative and effective solutions for building the region’s pool of manufacturing talent, according to the release. The council is looking for programs that recruit or attract talented workers, train or educate new workers and retrain current and displaced workers.
The Academy for Manufacturing Careers has trained thousands of youths and adults though its partnership with JAMA, The Enterprise Group, South Central Michigan Works! and area colleges.
It provides training and technical instruction in several manufacturing fields, such as tool and die, welding, industrial maintenance and computer numerical control (CNC) machining. The program also has three certificate programs designed specifically for dislocated workers or unskilled people in CNC machining, machine maintenance and welding.
The AMC is partnering with MIOSHA to offer the following MIOSHA trainings in 2014.
Personal Protection Equipment Standards
May 20, 2014
Cost: $120 per person
Part 1 General Provisions
August 19, 2014
Cost $120 per person
More information to come!
The AMC is offering the following MMTC trainings in 2014.
If measurements are used to guide decisions, then it follow logically that the more error there is in the measurements, the more error there will be in the decisions based on those measurements. The purpose
of Measurement Systems Analysis is to qualify a measurement system for use by quantifying its accuracy, precision, and stability. Content includes:
April 4, 2014
Cost: $395 Members & $495 Non-members
This three-day interactive course will equip participants with the knowledge and skills needed to assess and report on the organiza-tion’s ISO/TS 16949:2009 conformance, thoroughly evaluating the quality system with objective reviews, and contribute to the continual im-provement of the quality management system.
After attending this course, learners will have received knowledge and tools needed to objectively evaluate the effectiveness of their ISO/TS 16949:2009 program.
The learner will be able to:
April 15th-17th, 2014
Cost $645 Members & $745 Non-Members
This training provides participants with an overview of requirements of various APQP, FMEA and PPAP manuals using the simulated launch of an MMTC product. Participants will also gain an understanding of the intent behind the requirements as they follow the APQP process, stopping as FMEA and PPAP processes are encountered, in order to gain understanding of the whole system launch.
May 8th & 9th, 2014
Costs: $695 Members & $745 Non-Members
This course teaches participants how to perform a fact-based investigation of problems more quickly and proficiently. By using a systematic approach to solving problems, root causes can be identified and eliminated. Classic problem solving tools such as Pareto Analysis, Brainstorming, and Cause and Effect Diagrams are
demonstrated and their application to various problem types are explained. Training will include use of a standard corrective action problem solving format as well as customer specific methods such as the Ford Global 8 Disciplines (G8-D). Instruction will consist of lecture material followed by hands-on exercises to reinforce the practical application of the various problem-solving techniques.
May 19, 2014
Costs: $345 Members & $495 Non-Members
5. Statistical Process Control (SPC)
Basic SPC is applied using the parts produced in the MMTC factory. Participants run a group of sequentially produced parts and then measure them to determine average, range and sigma. Control limits are calculated using these same parts and additional samples are measured and plotted to determine where the process is going and why. Interpretations of results are part of this course as well as capability study exercises.
June 4, 2014
Costs: $395 Members & $495 Non-Members
For more information or a registration form please contact Olivia Firmingham at 517-787-0442 or email
LAUNCHING Girl M-Powered
Girl M-Powered is designed
to engage girls in grades K-12
in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).
Girls that participate in the supportive, all-girls environment of Girl M- Powered will:
Spring Into STEM is a day camp that will take place over spring break. Girls in grades K-8 will have fun participating in hands-on activities that may include designing new sources of energy, building a robot, inquiring how electricity works, making and manipulating polymers (aka slime), designing models using engineering concepts such as wheels, pulleys and belt drives. Girls will also learn about enviromental engineering as they learn about water run-off and about green engineering as they learn about insulating homes to better conserve energy. Visits from local industry experts and field trips to enhance their hands-on learning will also be included.
Girls in grades 9-12 will take part in the abopve activities as mentors to the younger girls, while receiving an intense leadership training series in the evening that includes special guests, field trips and a STEM curriculum that will keep them wanting to learn more.