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ACE Summer 2022 Machine Tool Training Boot Camps Kick Off

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Aimed at revitalizing American manufacturing, America’s Cutting Edge (ACE) summer 2022 boot camps are underway. The ACE initiative, led and funded by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), has its roots in Eastern Tennessee and is designed to revitalize the U.S. machine tool industry as a central component of America’s global manufacturing competitiveness.

The pilot program for the ACE training on Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines was so successful in East Tennessee in 2021 that it is now emerging as a national network of regional machine tools innovation and workforce development centers.

Hosted jointly by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and Pellissippi State Community College, a total of eight weeklong boot camps, which started in March and will run through July, will train up to 80 participants in the latest machine tool technologies for metals and composites. Participants come from across the U.S. and have diverse backgrounds, ranging from high school, community college, and university students to professional machinists and manufacturing engineers.

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