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Vets Train in 3-D for Free

Friday, June 16, 2017

3d-vetsPittsburgh, June 5

Robert Morris University is holding a free month-long workforce development "boot camp" that is training 16 local veterans in 3-D printing and manufacturing. Full day classes began on Monday, June 5, and are taught by RMU engineering professor and department head Arif Sirinterlikci and lab engineer Chris Scriva in the School of Engineering, Mathematics and Science on the university's Moon Township campus. The curriculum, developed by the organization 3D Veterans with Sirinterlikci's assistance, includes hands-on training in additive manufacturing and computer-aided design.

The program also includes a three-day workshop on metal 3-D printing at the General Electric Center for Additive Technology Advancement in Findlay Township, and concludes with job search assistance for the participants, including interviews with representatives of local and national manufacturing companies.

"We are honored to welcome veterans to the RMU campus," said Maria Kalevitch, dean of the School of Engineering, Mathematics and Science. "This training in 3-D printing will help veterans to obtain crucial skills that are essential for success in the modern workplace, and it also brings national attention to our engineering programs in manufacturing."

3D Veterans is an America Makes project and is funded through a workforce development grant from Google.org. Co-founder and CEO Michael Moncada is an 8-year Army veteran. 3D Veterans also plans to offer similar "boot camp" training courses in California and Texas.