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Program prepares veterans to get top manufacturing jobs


(WBIR-Knoxville) Everyone has their own reasons for joining the military.

"Initially I was needing work," said Scott DeVore, U.S. Navy. "But then it came kind of a, after I met a lot of the guys I served with, it became kind of a comrade type thing."

While our troops are protecting our country, they're also assigned a number of different duties.

"I was a builder," DeVore said. "I am a builder in the Sea Bee's and I've done construction my whole life."

But once they leave the military, they once again have to find a job and this time it's on the homeland.

The U.S. Department of Energy is hoping to make the transition a little easier. A new training program in East Tennessee is preparing veterans to find advanced manufacturing jobs.

"Right now there are about 10 thousand active duty military members that are leaving the military every month," said Lonnie Love, group leader. "What we want to do is kind of tap off some of those that really have aptitude for manufacturing, give them some skills, and help them find great careers in the manufacturing industry."

The Energy Department's inaugural Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Advanced Manufacturing Internship is a six week program. It consists of classes taught at Pellissippi State and hands on laboratory work at ORNL's Manufacturing Demonstration Facility.

"We have a number of different technologies so every day they would work on the machines, learn how they work, learn how to use them to their greatest potential and make themselves very marketable," said Love.

Participants learn to design for advanced manufacturing needs and are educated on 3D printers, fabrication techniques, and materials including titanium, carbon fiber, ABS plastics and other composites. The veterans said they have really taken a liking to additive manufacturing.

"They are right now trying to print a car," DeVore said. "Who in their wildest dreams would have thought you could three dimensionally print a car?"

The program will wrap up next week and instructors said some veterans have already received attention from possible employers. Trainers hope the program spreads across the country and helps as many veterans find jobs as possible.

The program is offered by the Energy Department's Advanced Manufacturing Office, ORAU, Pellissippi State Community College, and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.


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