Siemens Partners with Schools for L.E.A.P. Initiative
As part of the program, Siemens provides training courses in two machine tool disciplines: milling and turning.
Siemens recently announced the launch of a new workforce development program for secondary and technical schools across America. The Lifelong Educational Advantage Program (L.E.A.P.), which is made available through Siemens Cooperates with Education, is designed to give high school and technical school graduates machine tool knowledge that will benefit them in their future careers as computer numerical control (CNC) machinists.
L.E.A.P. starts with Sinutrain, a PC-based, control-identical training system. This software turns any PC screen into an exact representation of the Sinumerik Operate graphical user interface. The numeric kernel (NC) that drives Sinutrain also powers the Sinumerik 828D and 840D sl controls. Comprehensive knowledge doesn’t require investing in a machine, as all courses can be taught on a PC.
As part of the program, Siemens provides training courses in two machine tool disciplines: milling and turning. Each of the courses is divided into levels with pre-requisites. Each course level receives a complete curriculum, which includes both classroom and hands-on training models to increase student engagement and understanding. Upon successful completion of each level, students receive Siemens L.E.A.P. Certifications documenting the advanced skill sets needed in today’s highly technical manufacturing careers.
“Currently, STEM [science, technology, engineering and math] jobs are growing at 1.7 times the rate of non-STEM jobs,” said Brian Hamilton, CNC education manager for Siemens Industry, Inc. “Employers need graduates who are more than basic machine operators for basic parts cutting. Siemens CNC instruction best supports this career path from basic to advanced knowledge.”
For more information, visit www.siemens.com.