A nationally recognized, industry-based certification for students, ousted workers, and new employees in the industry
Southfield, Michigan.And the December 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Small and medium-sized companiesLtd., a nationally recognized manufacturing certification body, announced today that it has developed and will introduce Certification of Robotics in Manufacturing Fundamentals (RMF). The new certification, which focuses on assessing a candidate’s understanding of basic robotics concepts, can be used by those who are currently looking to improve skills or re-skill in manufacturing positions before pursuing equipment-specific training or a career path in robotics. Accreditation can help individuals begin a lifelong career in an industry where there is opportunity for advancement and well-paying jobs.
The industry-recognized RMF accreditation was developed by SME, with two leading organizations in the field of robotics education: Robotics Education and Competition Corporation (REC) And the first®.
“Through our extensive industry, education and workforce networks, SMEs have identified a shared need for robotics certification that demonstrates that certification holders have a basic understanding of robotics concepts before embarking on a more advanced training program.” Jenine Koons, Chief Workforce Development Officer, SME and member of the ARM Workforce and Education Advisory Committee, Robotics Institute. “We have worked closely with the REC Foundation and FIRST to validate the body of knowledge to cover topics relevant to foundational robotics topics across a wide range of industries.”
RMF’s credentials focused on Fundamentals of roboticsProvides a starting point for any career path a candidate may pursue in the field of robotics.
The global robotics market is expected to reach $74 billion By 2026, Kunz said, there is a huge opportunity for those who want to develop their careers. “To keep our industry thriving, we need to help meet the growing demand for advanced manufacturing and robotics talent in our country.”
With an RMF credential and the essential knowledge that it represents, a candidate has several options available to them including:
- Entry-level hiring for manufacturing jobs that involve robotics and automation
- Pursue education and training for:
- A career path specific to robotics such as a robotics technician, robotics specialist, robotics integrator, or robotics engineer
- Equipment robotics training and certification
- A skilled trade in which robotics can be used such as machining or welding
- Industrial maintenance or mechatronics certificate
“It is important to first To recognize the high value of the skills and experiences that students acquire through robotics programs. Chris RickChief Operating Officer, first. “RMF accreditation opens up exciting career paths, helping us inspire young people to become leaders in robotics and advanced manufacturing, and we are proud to join small and medium businesses in developing this program.”
RMF credentials are ideal for high school and college students, disengaged workers, out-of-work individuals, veterans, at-risk youth, and others looking for new jobs in high-demand manufacturing jobs.
“The REC Foundation is pleased to partner with SME to create the Robotics in Manufacturing Fundamentals certification as a way to recognize students pursuing Industry 4.0 technology careers,” Dan MantzExecutive Director, REC Foundation. “Manufacturing is evolving and manufacturing jobs today require high-tech skills. But there is an acute shortage of technology workers for these jobs, so students with this certification will have excellent career opportunities. The Robotics in Manufacturing Fundamentals certification is an exciting complement to existing careers REC Corporation Industry Certifications in Pre-Engineering and Robotics which is part of our workforce development initiatives. “
SMEs have led the manufacturing industry in offering industry-recognized certifications for more than 50 years, including Lean Certification, Certification Additive Manufacturing, Certified Manufacturing Associate (CMfgA), Certified Manufacturing Technologist (CMfgT), and Certified Manufacturing Engineer (CMfgE).
Candidates may pursue RMF credentials on their own, work with a local training provider, or access U-SME Tools Resources to prepare for the exam.
Tooling U-SME offers a 22-class online elective preparatory program covering foundational manufacturing topics such as Introduction to Manufacturing, Applied Mathematics, Robotic Applications, Robot Systems and Components, Robot Programming Concepts and more – topics agreed by manufacturing experts as relevant to foundational robotics knowledge across a wide range of industries. industries. After completing the training program, passing the certification exam validates the knowledge gained.
With each class lasting approximately 60 minutes, the training program can be completed in a few weeks (usually less than one month) or in one semester as part of the school’s Introduction to Robotics course, which offers short-term but thorough preparation for the certification exam.
With more than two million jobs potentially left unfilled due to a shortage of trained workers, there are plenty of opportunities for career advancement.
Plus, employees are more outgoing than ever before. according to ARM Institute77 percent of workers say they would be happy to work alongside robots in manufacturing if it meant having to perform fewer manual operations.
We believe in the power of technology and the innovation of people to advance our nation and solve the world’s biggest problems. For 90 years, SMEs have led the manufacturing ecosystem to transform manufacturers, academia, professionals, and the communities in which they operate. We are building the bridge from today to the future by developing the next generation of manufacturing talent and informing the industry of technological advancements that can drive their operations to excellence. Learn more through sme.orgFollow @tweet on Twitter or facebook.com/SMEmfg.
About the Robotics Education and Competition (REC) Foundation
The Robotics Education & Competition Foundation (REC Foundation) provides educators with competition, education, and workforce readiness programs to increase student engagement in STEM and computer science. Through its robotics and drone initiatives, the REC Foundation inspires and equips a global community of more than 1 million students to become innovative leaders. visiting roboticseducation.org To know more and follow us Twitter @REC_Foundation or facebook.com/RECFoundation.
first® It is a robotics community that prepares youth for the future through a range of comprehensive, team-based robotics programs for ages 4-18 (Pre-K-12) that can be facilitated in school or in structured after-school programs. Backed by a global support system of volunteers, educators, and sponsors that include more than 200 Fortune 500 companies, the teams operate under a distinctive combination of First core values To conduct research, fundraising, design and construction and showcase their achievements during annual challenges. An international non-profit organization founded by an accomplished inventor Dean Kamen in 1989, first he have proven effect On STEM learning and interest and skill building after high school. Participants and alumni From first Programs gain access to education and job discovery opportunities, exclusive scholarship and employer connections, and a place in first community for life. Learn more through firstinspires.org.
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