Advanced Manufacturing Forum

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

New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Partnership

Upcoming Events



April 2

10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Central New Mexico Community College
Workforce Training Center
Room 207
5600 Eagle Rock Ave. NE Albuquerque, NM 87113

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April 5

10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Eastern New Mexico University - Roswell
Campus Union Building – Alcove Room
48 University Blvd.
Roswell, NM 88203

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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 New Mexico manufacturers to meet the 21st Century challenges. The Advanced Manufacturing Forum (AMF) promotes manufacturing growth and business opportunities in New Mexico.

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 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

Key Outcomes of the AMF

The forum will engage New Mexico industries, high education and state officials in the design of skills and talents of local workforce based on clear customer needs. The key outcomes will be an opportunity for the New Mexico manufacturers to:

  • Network with educators and provide advice that will shape the training and education for local workforce.
  • Share their experiences with recent hires and what employees/candidates were lacking from their CNM/UNM education/certification.
  • Learn about manufacturing related programs at CNM/UNM.
  • List the skills that could not be found in the state.
  • Help higher education to identify what is missing from the curricula based on clear and direct feedback from stockholders.

What is the 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 Logo

The AME is a joint collaboration between Central New Mexico College (CNM), New Mexico Manufacturing 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, mentoring and incremental wage increases. It is an effective model that addresses human resources issues and skill shortages that face many 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 to Participate in the AMF

  • Welding
    Enhanced potential for automation
  • Improved competency of employees
  • Curricula development that reflect industrial insight
  • Increased awareness for students’ Internship opportunities
  • 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 Technology
Executive directors, floor managers, and supervisors of any manufacturer in the State of New Mexico with one or more of the following occupations:

  • Floor supervisors
  • Employers and factory owners
  • Human Resources specialists
  • Managers and directors
  • Engineers
  • Professors and research staff

AMF Agenda: April 2nd/April 5th



10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Registration and Introduction

11:00 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.

Overview of Registered Apprenticeship Program

11:10 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.

New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Program (NMMEP) Pre-Apprenticeship Training

11:20 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Introduction: Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Skills Gap

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Industries Introduction: Attendees (Forum Facilitator – Lunch)

12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Open Discussion: Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Skills Gap

12:45 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Advanced Manufacturing Survey