Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering
Advanced manufacturing is defined by manufacturing.gov as “the use of innovative technologies to create exiting products and the creation of new products, including production activities that depend on information, automation, computation, software, sensing and networking.”
Advanced manufacturing methods are being used to develop new markets, new technology, and new production processes for manufacturing existing product. It is leveling the field between large and small companies, providing opportunities for Tribally-based enterprises to participate in this rapidly evolving area of economic activity. Modest-sized enterprises can focus on the design and manufacture of products and systems that fit the needs of Indigenous communities in the U.S. and throughout the world. TCUs are well-positioned to support Tribal engagement in advanced manufacturing not only through technical training in the operation and advanced manufacturing equipment, but by providing students a career pathway to computer science, robotics, engineering, business administration and other workforce areas needed to support a Tribal manufacturing enterprise.
AIHEC is working with TCUs to establish the essential advanced manufacturing (AM) facilities, associated training and education programs, and private sector partnerships to prepare an American Indian advanced manufacturing workforce and create economic and employment opportunities within Tribal communities through locally and tribally-owned manufacturing enterprises.