Careers in Manufacturing Programs
JARC’s job training programs target strategic skills gaps in the metal fabricating and manufacturing sectors, such as CNC and welding, and serve a variety of populations.
The Careers in Manufacturing Programs (CMP) cluster serves unemployed adults, dislocated workers and disadvantaged job seekers, including ex-offenders and female heads of household.
What programs are offered?
Component programs include:
- CNC Machinist Fast Track — A 20 week, 500 hour job training program for unemployed adults. Trainees learn how to program, set up and operate Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine tools. Graduates attain at least two industry credentials through the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), such as: NIMS Measurement, Materials and Safety (MMS), NIMS CNC Milling Level 1, and NIMS CNC Turning Level 1. Graduates also complete two OSHA approved safety training courses: OSHA 10 HR (General Industry) and OSHA Forklift Operator (3 Year License).
- Welding Fast Track — A 12 week, 240 hour program. Trainees learn the fundamentals of Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW or “MIG”) processes that are used in manufacturing. Graduates are qualified to a standard of the American Welding Society: AWS GMAW Structural 3/8 Plate, 2F Position. Graduates also complete two OSHA approved safety training courses: OSHA 10 HR (General Industry) and OSHA Forklift Operator (3 Year License).
- Women in Manufacturing Program (WMP) — A 32 week, 240 hour welding program that is designed for working female heads of households. The curriculum and certifications are the same as the Welding Fast Track but the program and wrap around support services are customized to meet the needs of this demographic.
- Manufacturing Bridge Program — A 12 week, 120 hour program that prepares trainees for advanced training programs, such as the CNC and Welding Fast Tracks programs, or for entry level employment in manufacturing. The curriculum stresses baseline skills in shop math, print reading and precision metrology.
What is the cost to the job seeker?
There is no cost to the job seeker for these programs.
- The CNC Fast Track, Welding Fast Track and Bridge Programs use WIA funding (WIA ITA’s and CDBG) administered by the City of Chicago, Department of Family Support Services (DFSS). Foundation support for these three programs is provided by the Fry Foundation, McCormick Foundation, and Polk Brothers Foundation.
- The Women in Manufacturing Program is funded by the Eleanor Foundation and the Chicago Foundation for Women.
What other services are included?
- Program participants are also enrolled in the Center for Working Families (CWF) at JARC; this means that they receive bundled support services such as income supports, financial coaching and employment services.
How do I apply to any of the Careers in Manufacturing Programs at JARC?
- To apply to any Careers in Manufacturing Program, attend a CMP Orientation.
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