How to Develop a Solid Talent Pipeline for Advanced Manufacturing Operations

How to Develop a Solid Talent Pipeline for Advanced Manufacturing Operations

Published on September 12, 2019 | Manufacturing Skills Training

By 2028, over 20,000 industrial maintenance jobs will need to be filled in the Greater Cincinnati area1. This represents a 7% increase from current employment levels. Levels that today’s employer struggle to fill due to retirement, shifting job requirements, and declining number of workers entering the occupation. 

As a result, employers are eager for a training that effectively upgrades the skills of incumbent workers and prepares a future workforce for in-demand industrial maintenance jobs. 

Sinclair’s SkillsTrac: Industrial Maintenance Training Program prepares your workforce with the skills needed to maintain, troubleshoot and repair automation and process systems and components for advanced manufacturing operations.

Created by experienced and knowledgeable industry professionals and designed for working individuals, the SkillsTrac program features:

  • Structured lab schedule to minimizes the trainee’s time in class and away from the job. 
  • Cohort model allowing participants to master specific skill sets quicker. 
  • Third-party certification through the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) in Industrial Technology Maintenance (ITS).

Using a combination of on-line curriculum and lab-based competency exercises, the program is comprised of multiple skill modules which grow in complexity with each successive level. Participants select only the sections needed. Content covers maintenance basics, industrial mechanics, industrial electricity, industrial fluid power, and advanced industrial automation concepts, including Programmable Logic Controls (PLC). 

Since its inception, Sinclair’s SkillsTrac Industrial Maintenance Training Program has had more than 400 students from approximately 50 employers participate in the program. The employers who participated are dedicated to creating a workplace that encourages employee involvement, provides opportunities for advancement, and builds a pool of highly trained employees with the skills required to support advanced manufacturing production operations. 

A new cohort begins the week of October 7 at Sinclair in Mason.

To further discuss how Sinclair Workforce Development can help your organization or employees, contact us today at 937-252-9787 or 


1Source: Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc. EMSI Analysis Q2 2019.