The program is actively recruiting professionals for first, second and third shifts across five program tracks.
The Accelerated Training in Defense Manufacturing (ATDM) program is ramping up hiring with more than a dozen staff, instructor and technician positions to fill to support the program’s goals of rapidly training adult learners with the skills necessary to enter the defense industrial base. These roles are crucial to national security, with positions available across all five program tracks on first, second and third shift schedules with competitive benefits. A detailed list of employment opportunities is available at ATDM.org/join-our-team.
The program, which works to fill high-demand jobs producing parts to repair, upfit and build submarines for the U.S. Navy, is led by the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) as a public-private consortium with the U.S. Department of Defense, Danville Community College (DCC), Phillips Corporation and The Spectrum Group in consultation with the defense industry.
ATDM is being scaled as a national defense manufacturing pipeline that, when at full operation by 2025, will provide 800–1,000 qualified candidates annually to fill critical vacancies across the defense industrial base. Positions are needed to meet the demand, particularly as the program prepares to break ground on a future 100,000-square-foot training facility later this year.
Due to the importance of submarines in military defense, the U.S. Navy is supporting ATDM so students are trained in the skills needed to repair, upfit and build submarines. These skills are transferable 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)
Professionals interested in applying for jobs at ATDM can visit ATDM.org/join-our-team to learn more. Folks who want to learn more about enrolling in ATDM program classes can go to https://atdm.org/atdm-enrollment-application.
Accelerated Training in Defense Manufacturing is a prototype training platform for rapidly training skilled workers in key trades such as CNC machining and welding for employment in the defense industry. ATDM was developed as a public-private consortium between the DoD, the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR), Danville Community College (DCC), Phillips Corporation and The Spectrum Group in consultation with the defense industry. IALR is leading a multi-year pilot project to test and evaluate ATDM as a training platform for regional training centers supporting the defense industrial base. The pilot project is funded through the National Imperative for Industrial Skills initiative which was launched in 2020 by the Industrial Base Analysis and Sustainment Program Office (IBAS) in the office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment.
The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research serves Virginia as a regional catalyst for economic transformation through applied research, advanced learning, manufacturing advancement, conference center services and economic development efforts. IALR’s major footprint focuses within Southern Virginia, including the counties of Patrick, Henry, Franklin, Pittsylvania, Halifax and Mecklenburg along with the cities of Martinsville and Danville. For more information, visit www.ialr.org.
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