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SME recently announced that it has developed the Robotics in Manufacturing Fundamentals (RMF) credential, a new certification focused on assessing candidates’ comprehension of fundamental robotics concepts.
The RMF credential was developed by SME, the Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation, and FIRST.
The certification is aimed at those looking to upskill or reskill in manufacturing careers to begin equipment-specific or pathway-specific training in robotics. SME aims to help candidates begin lifelong careers in manufacturing robotics.
“Through our extensive networks in industry, education and workforce, SME identified a common need for a robotics credential that demonstrates certification holders have a basic understanding of robotics concepts before starting a more advanced training program,” Jeannine Kunz, the Chief Workforce Development Officer at SME and member of the Education and Workforce Advisory Committee of ARM, the Robotics Institute, said. “We worked closely with the REC Foundation and FIRST to validate the body of knowledge to cover topics relevant for foundational robotics topics across a wide range of industries.”
After completing the RMF credential, candidates will be qualified for entry-level employment jobs in manufacturing that require robotics and automation. With further education and training, candidates can pursue robotics-specific career pathways, such as a robotics technician, robotics specialist, robotics integrator or robotics engineer.
“It is important for FIRST to recognize the high value of skills and experiences that students gain through robotics programs,” Chris Rake, Chief Operating Officer of FIRST, said. “The RMF credential unlocks exciting career pathways, helping us inspire young people to become leaders in robotics and advanced manufacturing, and we’re proud to join SME in developing this program.”
The RMF credential is aimed at high school and college students, dislocated workers, under-employed individuals, veterans, at-risk youth and other people seeking new employment opportunities.
“The global robotics market is expected to reach $74 billion by 2026 and there is a tremendous opportunity for those who want to advance their career,” Kunz said. “To keep our industry thriving, we need to help meet the high demand for advanced manufacturing and robotics talent in our country.”