In cooperation with strong partners like Danville Community College, IALR offers top-rate advanced manufacturing training at various levels. The Accelerated Training in Defense Manufacturing (ATDM) program positions adult learners to enter the manufacturing workforce in just four months. IALR houses the Integrated Machining Technology program and will soon serve as a satellite campus for a manufacturing engineering technology major from Old Dominion University. Precision machining instructors can take their knowledge to the next level through the CNC teacher training program. 

accelerated training in defense manufacturing

The Accelerated Training in Defense Manufacturing program (ATDM) is a prototype training platform for rapidly developing skilled workers to enter the defense industrial base. This four-month training program includes 600 hours of instruction and produces skilled talent with industry-recognized credentials for the following trades: additive manufacturing, CNC machining, non-destructive testing, quality control inspection (metrology) and welding.


Naval Aviation School for Additive Manufacturing 

The Naval Aviation School for Additive Manufacturing (NASAM)—a six-week program that provides active-duty Navy and Marine Corps maintenance personnel with foundational skills in additive manufacturing—launched with a pilot cohort of 12 students in February 2024. This program provides instruction for the deployed additive manufacturing technologies and prepares the users to utilize and maximize those capabilities. The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) hosts and instructs the NASAM program.


Teacher Training

IALR’s Gene Haas Center for Integrated Machining is one of only seven centers in North America chosen by the Gene Haas Foundation to offer CNC teacher training and certification to high school and college precision machining instructors. Completers may earn an industry recognized certificate of completion as well as the reward of elevating their ability to educate today’s students with the technology and skills needed for tomorrow’s jobs. Curriculum and instruction are provided through a collaboration with Danville Community College.

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Integrated Machining Technology Training

IALR’s Gene Haas Center for Integrated Machining, led by experienced and nationally renowned staff, has garnered the attention as a benchmark model for precision machining workforce development. Completers of the college-level precision machining program enter this elite, advanced program to train in a full-scale manufacturing work flow cell to support a realistic, fully-integrated learning experience, preparing them for leadership positions within the industry. Advanced curriculum and instruction are provided through a collaboration with Danville Community College.

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In response to the defense industrial base and employers’ workforce needs, Old Dominion University (ODU) is launching Virginia’s first four-year manufacturing engineering technology major. IALR will serve as ODU’s satellite location for third- and fourth-year undergraduate-level classes. Patrick & Henry Community College will launch a corresponding associate degree program, which will eventually be available to all colleges within the Virginia Community College System.


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