Advancing Inclusive Manufacturing Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do I qualify for the AIM program?
A: There are no prerequisites for the program except to be an individual with disabilities. However, preference will be given to those who have an interest in a career in machining, fabrication, engineering/ engineering technology, rehabilitation, and/ or prosthetics.

Q: I am currently enrolled in college. Can I participate?
A: Yes, you can, provided that you can fulfill the commitment of a full-time (40 hours per week, likely daytime hours) on-the-job training experience.

Q: When does the program begin?
A: We have three programs per year: fall, spring, and summer.

Q: What is the application deadline?
A: Applications are due one month prior to the start of each cohort. When you apply, you will automatically be considered for the next cohort if the most recent application review cycle has passed.

Q: When will I find out whether I have been accepted?
A: Please anticipate a response 4-6 weeks after you have submitted your application.

Q: How do I apply?
A: You can apply by filling out this online application.

Q: Do I need to submit a personal statement and letter of support from my OVR counselor with my application?
A: Yes. Both are required to be considered for acceptance to the program.

Q: What financial support is available to AIM participants?
A: Financial aid is available based on each candidate's eligibility.

Q: I received an offer of admission. What do I need to do?
Once you have accepted the offer, you will be asked to complete new hire paperwork and online training modules required by the University of Pittsburgh and the VA. Please note that all new hires may be required to provide child abuse clearances as part of the new hire documents. 

Q: Who can I contact if I have additional questions?
A: You can contact Randy Willams by phone at 412-822-3708 or by email at


Support for this program is provided by the National Science Foundation.

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