Siemens has launched a workforce development program for secondary and technical schools across America called LEAP (Lifelong Educational Advantage Program). Made available through Siemens Cooperates with Education (SCE), the effort is designed to give high school and technical school graduates machine tool knowledge as CNC (computer numerical control) machinists.
LEAP is based around control-identical training system Sinutrain, which 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.
According to Siemens, it provides training courses in two machine tool disciplines: milling and turning. Each course curriculum includes classroom and hands-on training models. Upon successful completion of each level, students receive certifications.
“Currently, STEMjobs are growing at 1.7 times the rate of non-STEM jobs, says Brian Hamilton, CNC education manager, 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.”
When an institution is enrolled in the SCE program, a site assessment will determine which program best fits the school's needs.