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Meet the IMTS Apprentice

Category: Apprentice Sep 1, 2019


Rotherham, England – If you’ve ever encountered a manufacturing engineering student then you may have heard this before: the student has a parent or close relative in the trades, has always enjoyed hands-on activities and real-time problem solving, but received little or no exposure to manufacturing career pathways during elementary or secondary education.  Sound familiar?  Sean Delaney is that student.

All of that changed when Sean had a chance meeting with Adrian Allen, co-founder of the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), who shared with Sean the technologies and career opportunities that the Training Centre could present to the 18-year old from South Yorkshire, England.  Fast forward to today and Sean is progressing through a three-year, Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship with support from IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show, the largest event of its kind in the Western Hemisphere. 

Support for Sean is generated by the commitment of AMT and IMTS to building a network of strategic partners to establish a community of practice in which manufacturing research, technology, and education are at the forefront. 

“The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre has a legacy of educational excellence and a breadth of industrial partners who are united in advancing our industry.  The alignment between the IMTS Apprentice program and the AMRC is a unique opportunity and a natural extension of our ongoing mission to elevate the value we bring to our members and events in this global economy,” said Peter Eelman, AMT Vice President & CXO.

Over the next 36 months, Sean will balance a hybrid of practical on-the-job training, academic study, and full-time employment at AMRC.  This combination will equip Sean with the talent that advanced manufacturing employers thrive on: the skills and abilities to set up, program, and operate CNC machines, plus manual machining techniques; ensuring a knowledge base that encompasses traditional and modern processes – and all skills that align with local job openings for Manufacturing Engineer, CNC Machinist, Manual Machinist, and Tool Maker.

The IMTS Apprentice Blog will provide week-to-week updates directly from the source: Sean will share what he’s learned, the equipment and technology he’s using, and more.  #IMTSapprentice – Check back to see what Sean's learning and how it ties to the manufacturing technology that IMTS is known for presenting.

AMRC Background
The AMRC was established in 2001 through a collaboration between Boeing and the University of Sheffield to support global competitivity among manufacturers of all sizes through a suite of education, research, and development programs – all focused on advanced machining, manufacturing, and materials.  The Centre has trained over 1,300 apprentices, employs more than 500 researchers, technicians, and staff, and boasts an impressive member base ranging from small and medium-sized manufacturers to international players Boeing, Airbus, Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems, and Sandvik Coromant.

About IMTS
The largest and longest running manufacturing technology trade show in the United States is held every other year at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill. IMTS 2020 will run Sept. 14-19. IMTS is ranked among the largest trade shows in the world. Recognized as one of the world’s preeminent stages for introducing and selling manufacturing equipment and technology, IMTS attracts visitors from every level of industry and more than 117 countries. IMTS 2018 was the largest in number of registrations (129,415), net square feet of exhibit space (1,424,232 sq. ft.), booths (2,123) and exhibiting companies (2,563). IMTS is owned and managed by AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. www.IMTS.com

All Media courtesy of AMRC Training Centre

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