Case Western Reserve University, LIFT Lightweight Manufacturing Certification Update

The Siegal Lifelong Learning Program at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) has been convening subcommittee “Meetings of the Minds” with industry, academia and government as part of the Professional Education in Lightweight Innovations For Tomorrow (LIFT): Professional Certification in Lightweight Additive Manufacturing initiative in Northeast Ohio.

LIFT Lightweighting Additive Manufacturing Subcommittee

The initiative, announced earlier this year, will provide Ohio workers an opportunity to become certified or continue their education in this growing, in-demand advanced manufacturing field. Program graduates will gain higher education training in advanced materials, light weighting, welding and additional advanced professional skills identified by employers as relevant and difficult to find when recruiting new hires.

The industry-driven course development for the training program will focus on three areas: additive manufacturing technologies, advanced materials—including metals—and polymers.

LIFT Lightweighting Polymers Subcommittee

Subcommittees around those focus areas have been meeting to discuss goals, objectives and needs of the industry for worker certification.

In May, the LIFT Lightweighting Additive Manufacturing Subcommittee and the LIFT Lightweighting Polymers subcommittee met, both to discuss goals and objectives for developing professional certification for the incumbent workforce.

LIFT Lightweighting Polymers Subcommittee

In June, the LIFT Lightweighting Polymers Subcommittee and LIFT Additive Manufacturing Subcommittee both met for plant tours and other curriculum development needs for professional certification.

Each of the subcommittees plan to meet in July to continue working toward launching the certification program in the fall.

For more information, please contact, Monica Dumitriu, MBA, Project Director, Professional Education, The Laura and Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program, Division of Continuing Professional Studies, Case Western Reserve University at or 216-368-3804.

LIFT Lightweighting Advanced Materials Subcommittee