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LIFT Announces Registration Open for Fall Welding and CNC Machining Courses

LIFT, the Detroit-based Department of Defense-supported national manufacturing innovation institute, announced today that it is accepting registrations for its fall welding and CNC (Computer Numerical Control) courses held at the institute’s Corktown facility.

LIFT’s Welding Technician program prepares students to become entry-level welders in either Gas Metal Arc Welding (MIG) or Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (TIG). Utilizing curriculum aligned to the American Welding Society SENSE Level I standards, this course covers the required knowledge, attitude, skills, and habits required to perform routine, predictable, repetitive, and procedural welding tasks. Topics include: Safety, Occupational Orientation, Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) or Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW), four Thermal Cutting Processes, and Welding Inspection and Testing.

LIFT’s CNC Operations program prepares students to operate CNC mills and lathes. Utilizing curriculum aligned to NIMS Machining standards, this course covers: Machine maintenance, safety, print reading, measurements, inspection, cutting tool assembly, geometrical dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T), and hands-on project-based learning done in the Learning Lab.

“The skills gap in advanced manufacturing has been growing for decades, but the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for manufacturing talent in the United States,” said Kevin Kerrigan, vice president business development, LIFT. “Our LIFT Learning Lab is equipped to help students start their advanced manufacturing careers safely.”

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LIFT, operated by the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute, is the Detroit-based, public-private partnership between the Department of Defense, industry and academia, committed to the development and deployment of advanced manufacturing technologies, and implementing talent development initiatives to better prepare the workforce today and in the future. LIFT funded in part by the Department of Defense with management through the Office of Naval Research. Visit or follow on LinkedIn at LIFT or on Twitter @NewsFromLIFT to learn more.