The Aerospace Manufacturing training program was originally created in 2008 by Aerospace Consortium members to create a manufacturing talent pipeline focused on transferable skills for aircraft composites fabrication and assembly. The Consortium’s Skills committee came together in 2017 to revamp the AMTP curriculum to meet the demands of the next generation aircraft requirements. The driving force behind the development of the Aerospace Manufacturing Training Program (AMTP) was to build a skilled workforce pipeline for the region and provide students with hands-on and classroom instruction in basic manufacturing and aircraft assembly skills. In 2017, Lockheed Martin began their F-35 ramp up which created an immediate need for entry level Aerospace assemblers. As Lockheed Martin prepared to increase production output of the F-35, to date they have hired hundreds of new employees. This demand has also trickled down to local suppliers making it difficult for employers to find skilled individuals to meet the demand in the Aerospace industry.
- It provides skills training through a standardized, hands-on approach for entry-level composites workers in the Dallas-Fort Worth region.
- The program can be a pipeline for companies with limited, near-term manufacturing talent needs for current production. It can be utilized as basic training for long-term, future manufacturing talent pipeline needs.
- Provides high-demand, high-wage skills training driven by industry needs for adult learners. Funding assistance is available through the Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County for qualified dislocated workers and veterans.