Technical Training: Advancing Inclusive Manufacturing

The primary objective of the Advancing Inclusive Manufacturing (AIM) program is to aid in the transition of rehabilitating people with disabilities to potential careers in machining.

Over a 12-week period, AIM students learn the basic machining principles and practices as they cycle through the fundamental areas of fabrication, including carpentry, welding, prototyping, electronics, etc.

As participants progress through the program, they obtain a general understanding of how the systems are designed and integrated.

Upon completion of the program, AIM students can independently design, develop, and evaluate their own product (prototype) using established design principles.

After successful completion of the program, AIM students receive a Basics of Assistive Technology Fabrication Certificate from the Human Engineering Research Laboratories, University of Pittsburgh and are ready for on-the-job training experiences at local companies, where a potential long-term, full-time placement could be secured.


Program Curriculum



Support for this program is provided by an Advanced Technological Education grant from the National Science Foundation, Award #1406757: People with Disabilities Achieving Career Employment (PACE) project. Support is also provided by MEAF and Highmark.

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