The Accelerated Training in Defense Manufacturing (ATDM) Program is specifically designed to help adult learners earn the skills necessary to make an immediate impact in the submarine industrial base (SIB). The SIB is the system of companies producing parts for the U.S. military to purchase. Our students’ backgrounds, experiences, and education levels vary widely, but most of them are either seeking a career change or beginning their educational journeys. What they have in common is the desire to serve the U.S. by working in the defense industrial base.
ATDM was created to teach the skills needed to increase military equipment production. The U.S. government also realized that manufacturing in this country is now a mere 12% of our workforce sector. When WWII started in 1938, approximately 1/3 of the U.S. workforce was in manufacturing. So, not only do we not have a strong arsenal demonstrating our ability to defend ourselves, but we don’t have the workforce trained to build the arsenal, either.
Due to the importance of submarines in military defense, the Navy is currently funding ATDM and students are trained in the skills needed to repair, upfit, and build submarines. These skills are transferrable to other defense industry companies, as well. Students earn the skills for great-paying, in-demand defense industry jobs in these skilled trades:
- Additive Manufacturing
- CNC Machining
- Non-destructive Testing
- Quality Control Inspection (also known as Metrology)
Speed to skills and focus is the key. The training is rigorous. Six hundred hours of instruction is completed in just four months. Graduates complete the program with industry-recognized certifications and job opportunities. ATDM staff members work with students on resumes and interview skills and provide connections to companies that are hiring.