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Title: Manufacturing Boot Camp

Manufacturing Boot Camp
  • An Innovative Program to
  • Expand the Pool of Qualified
  • Entry-Level Manufacturing Employees
  • Develop by the
  • Illinois Manufacturing Extension Center
  • in Cooperation with
  • Illinois Central College and Rock Valley College

  • This program was developed based on
    recommendations of numerous small and mid-sized
    Illinois manufacturers who assisted in program
    design and evaluation
  • Partial funding for the initial pilot offerings
    of the Manufacturing Boot Camp has been provided
    by the Illinois Department of Commerce and
    Economic Opportunity
  • Special thanks to Nina Crick, Ellen George,
    Preston Morgan, and Tammi Stockwell for their
    help in initial pilot offerings of the
    Manufacturing Boot Camp

Bob Weinstein, IMEC President
What is Manufacturing Boot Camp?
  • A FREE - 13-week program to help bring
    participants to the skill level needed for
    employment in todays manufacturing environment.
  • Most training will be from 6 to 9 PM Tuesday,
    Wednesday and Thursday
  • Who can participate?
  • High school (or equivalent GED) graduates
    between the ages of 18 28 who want a career in

Why Start a Manufacturing Career?
  • Manufacturing productivity is at an all-time high
  • Manufacturing jobs continue to pay very
    competitive wages and benefits
  • Each year thousands of manufacturing job openings
    are available, a trend that will increase in
    future years as the baby boom generation
  • Modernized facilities and plant safety procedures
    have excellent working conditions
  • There has never been a better time to work in

Why Manufacturing Boot Camp?
  • Employers are looking for more than just skilled
    workers with technical skills
  • Employers want workers who
  • Have good communication skills
  • Possess applied math skills
  • Can write reports
  • Are team leaders
  • Demonstrate good work ethics
  • Manufacturing Boot Camp will take you from being
    an average candidate and give you the competitive
    edge to start a manufacturing career!

Manufacturing Boot Camp Process Flow Diagram
Basic Skills Assessments
Basic Skills Gap Assessments (8 contact hours
for pre-testing)
  • All program participants will be tested to
    determine their abilities in each of the
    following areas
  • Applied mathematics
  • Reading for information
  • Locating information
  • Writing
  • Teamwork
  • Note Program applicants who do not exceed
    minimum gap assessment scores will be directed to
    more in-depth training programs

Intensive Basic Skills Training (50 contact
hours, incl. post-completion assessment testing)
  • Participants whose assessments are above the
    minimum, but below the level needed for
    manufacturing employment will receive intensive
    training in each of the following ares
  • Applied mathematics
  • Manufacturing problem solving/critical thinking
  • Reading skills
  • Writing skills
  • After the completion of this training,
    participants will be assessed again to verify
    that their ability meets minimum manufacturing

Introduction to Manufacturing Concepts and Work
Environment (55 contact hours)
  • Introduction to modern manufacturing
  • Quality systems
  • Advanced manufacturing technology
  • Information systems
  • Career paths
  • Plant tours
  • Work ethic, teamwork, and performance
  • Lean Manufacturing
  • Introduction to blueprint reading
  • Manufacturing work-site safety (OSHA)
  • Presentation/interpersonal skills
  • resume writing and interviewing skills

Program Completion
  • Program Graduation
  • Satisfactory assessment scores in basic skills
  • Consistent, satisfactory attendance
  • Internship Interviews
  • Internships
  • Full time for 4 weeks
  • Wages for internships will be approximately
  • Potential for continued employment
  • Continued employment with internship manufacturer
  • Opportunities for on-the-job training
  • Follow-up regarding employment status and linkage
    to job placement services

  • Contact
  • Illinois Manufacturing Extension Center
  • 888 806 4632
  • Visit our web site with links to information
    regarding manufacturing careers