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Free fabrication training offered to residents of West Virginia and Ohio

The Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) at Marshall University offers free computer-based training in machining and machine tools throughout West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky as part of a nationwide initiative to to revitalize American manufacturing and ensure a strong national defense.

The bootcamps, aimed at school-aged and up, include online instruction and the option of additional hands-on machine training at one of RCBI’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Centers or partner locations of the tri-state area. No experience is necessary.

“Attendees will participate in bootcamps for all skill levels,” said Derek Scarbro, RCBI Deputy Director. “For some people, this will be their first exposure to machining. For many manual machinists, our bootcamps will provide an introduction to the operation of computer-controlled machinery. And for experienced CNC (computer numerical control) machinists, bootcamps will teach advanced techniques and processes to improve efficiency, precision and productivity.

Through a partnership with the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI), RCBI is expanding a joint Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Energy initiative to restore American leadership in the machine tool industry through transformative thinking, technological innovation and workforce skills development. .

“Marshall University is thrilled to partner in this national initiative to revitalize American manufacturing,” said President Brad D. Smith. “The Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) in Marshall – Center for Advanced Manufacturing Technology of West Virginia – has been helping manufacturers in our state and region for more than 30 years and has provided machinist training to thousands of people. We engage manufacturers on a daily basis, so we are acutely aware of their labor needs and are used to developing innovative solutions to meet those needs. This partnership will greatly expand our efforts to prepare individuals in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky for in-demand manufacturing jobs right here at home.

RCBI will serve all of the states of West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky. Similar centers are housed at the University of Tennessee, Texas A&M University, and North Carolina AT&T State University.

As part of this initiative, RCBI will purchase additional CNC machining equipment for its education and training centers in Huntington and South Charleston to supplement its more than $22 million in advanced manufacturing technology currently available.

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