Advanced Manufacturing Forum

Network with New Mexico manufacturers and get advice to shape training and education for an advanced manufacturing local workforce.

New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Partnership

Advanced Manufacturing Expansion Forum

January 18, 2018
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7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Doña Ana Community College

Workforce Training Center, Room 119
2345 East Nevada,
Las Cruces, NM (map)

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, Ph.D.
Senior Research Analyst
Advanced Manufacturing Expansion Program
(505) 224-5215 

Center Director
New Mexico MEP
(505) 314-9138

Our advanced manufacturing companies face difficult workforce challenges in an increasingly competitive national and global marketplace. Lack of well trained workforce combined with high turn-over rates could limit the New Mexico manufacturers to meet the 21st Century challenges and compete on national and global scales.

Advanced Manufacturing Forum

The Advanced Manufacturing Forum (AMF) is a part of the Advanced Manufacturing Expansion (AME) program that engages New Mexico Manufacturers to lead the way in designing effective Registered Apprenticeships programs for training and education of the New Mexico workforce and prepare them for the 21st century industrial revolution. The goals of the AMF are:

  1. Generate growth and business opportunities within the New Mexico manufacturers by identifying the skills gap and provide local workforce with the necessary training and education through funded Registered Apprenticeships.
  2. Solicit input and feedback from various state manufacturers to design apprenticeship programs that meet the skills gap
  3. Support New Mexico Manufacturers by providing comprehensive competency-based training programs supplemented by formal education at community college.
Machine Tool Milling

What is the Advanced Manufacturing Expansion (AME) program?

The Advanced Manufacturing Expansion of Apprenticeship USA is a pilot program funded by the Department of Labor (DOL) and designed to determine the workforce skills gap in the state of New Mexico and meet those gaps with development of training, curriculum and credentials.

New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions LogoThe AME is a joint collaboration between Central New Mexico College (CNM), New Mexico Extension Program (NMMEP) and New Mexico Department of the Workforce Solution (NMDWFS). The AME will place 75 new Registered Apprentices in manufacturing training programs for up to 18 months with a particular focus on women, young adults aged 16-24, and people with disabilities. Registered Apprenticeship is a proven solution for recruiting, training, and retaining world class manufacturing talent.

What is Registered Apprenticeship in Advanced Manufacturing?

Registered Apprenticeship is a combination of the On-The Job (OTJ) training, related classroom instructions using highest industrial standards, and mentoring, and incremental wage increases. It is an effective model that addresses human resources issues and skill shortages that face many of the New Mexico industries. The Apprenticeship USA program allows for flexible competency-based training strategy that enables apprentices to move through the program at their own pace, benchmark their achievements in each of the core competency, and build a portfolio of skills and interim credentials that validate the acquired skill levels.

Why should you participate in the AMF?

  • WeldingEnhanced potential for automation
  • Improved competency of employees
  • Increased retention rates and reduced turn-over rates
  • Cheaper alternatives for recruitment
  • Cost effective training method
  • Higher productivity
  • Better products and services
  • More diverse workplace
  • Access to state and federal support

Benefits to Apprentices

  • Ability to advance in career
  • Improved skills and competencies
  • Nationally recognized and portable certificates
  • Increased wages with enhanced competencies
  • Earning post-secondary education credits

Who Should Attend

Machine Tool TechnologyExecutive directors, floor managers, and supervisors of any manufacturer in the State of New Mexico with one or more of the following occupations:

  • Machinist
  • Wielder
  • Tool and Die Maker
  • Mechatronics Technician
  • Production Technician
  • CNC Programming, Setup & Operations, and Tuning
  • CNC Milling
  • Press Setup Operator
  • Machine Maintenance, Service & Repair
  • Industrial Maintenance Mechanic
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management

January 18, 2018 AMF Agenda



07:30 a.m. - 08:00 a.m.

Registration and Welcome (Breakfast will be provided)

08:00 a.m. – 08:15 a.m.

Introduction to Advanced Manufacturing Expansion Program

08:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Industries Introduction: Attendees

10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Coffee Break

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Open Discussion “Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Skill Gap”

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Skills Gap Survey

12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Apprenticeship USA – Benefits to Employers and Employees”; MEP - DWFS