RCBI, America Makes develop first 3D Printing apprenticeship program

Nov. 8, 2018

The Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI), America Makes, Tooling U-SME, the National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers and AST2 have launched the first industry-vetted and U.S. Department of Labor-approved framework for a new 3D Printing technician apprenticeship.

“RCBI is proud to have played a pivotal role in the development of this important program,” said Charlotte Weber, Director and CEO of RCBI. “For the past 25 years Marshall University’s RCBI has been bringing the most advanced technology to West Virginia and the region for use by our existing and future manufacturers.”

Through the efforts of Apprenticeship Works, a program of RCBI, the new framework was developed so apprentices can continue to work while also learning 3D Printing part design, material selection, quality, and a host of other topics.  

A growing number of industries now incorporate additive manufacturing into their work processes, including aerospace, automotive, defense, medical, recreation and others. With the DOL approval, manufacturers now can use the framework to develop their own registered apprenticeship programs.

Nearly 300 employees at 17 companies are enrolled in apprenticeship training established in partnership with RCBI’s Apprenticeship Works. For more information about Apprenticeship Works, go to www.RCBI.org/online/apprenticeships or call 800.469.7224.