AEROSPACE MANUFACTURING EDUCATION (AME)
AME Project Overview
The aerospace manufacturing industry is undergoing radical change. These changes are being driven by an aging workforce (average age mid 40s or older) that will begin retiring in large numbers in the near future and by pressure from its customers to dramatically increase productivity in an increasingly complex product. The manufacturing team, including production support, that assembles aerospace products, includes mechanics, technicians, production managers, and manufacturing engineers. Training and education should be consistent to establish fluency in advanced manufacturing technologies. The primary source of training and education is the community college system. The National Science Foundation funded El Camino College in partnership with Butler Community College, Purdue University and Oregon Institute of Technology to develop curricula modules to enhance the ability of colleges and universities to prepare students for employment in the aerospace industry.