Interns from Technical Colleges in Georgia Present Reports on GTMI's Hands On Program

GTMI Partnership with TCSG Gives Student Interns Direct Manufacturing Experience

  • Tina Guldberg
    Director of Strategic Partnerships - Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute
    3410 Manufacturing Related Disclipines Complex (MRDC)
    Phone: (404) 385-4950
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GTMI provides TCSG students a combination of project- and industry-based experiential learning with internships in manufacturing.

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In the words of one of the student participants, “This experience has really helped me learn about what an engineer or technician could do on a daily basis in a manufacturing environment. I’ve always had an interest in mechatronics and now I see how it is used in manufacturing every day.”

The Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute (GTMI) was awarded a grant by the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Workforce Division in April 2016 to expand a pilot technical college student internship program from two students in the past two years to 20 students over the next three years. In addition to being paid for their work, as they were in the pilot program, students will also receive elective credits toward their degree at their technical college. The expanded internship program also provides the opportunity for participation from students at several technical colleges within a short drive of Georgia Tech. Internships will last six months and students will be engaged in project work similar to what was performed by students in the pilot program. The key goals remain the same: we want students to develop advanced technical skills in manual and CNC machining, CAD, CAM, additive manufacturing and other manufacturing technologies, as well as 21st century skills, that are critical to ensuring that Georgia builds and retains the advanced manufacturing workforce of the future.

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Three West Georgia Technical College students have been hanging around the Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute (GTMI) quite a bit lately. Students Chris Gilmore, Tim Lawson, and Corey Cole are here as part of an internship program developed by GTMI, the Technical College System of Georgia and the Georgia Department of Economic Development.  Internships were awarded after an application and interview process. 

Tim's and Corey's internships were funded from a grant awarded by Georgia Economic Development through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. The program will have up to 20 interns over the course of the program (through June, 2020). Chris Gilmore was part of the pilot program that eventually led to the funding from GDEcD. 

In early March 2017, the interns met with GTMI, WGTC and GDEcD officials to explain the program and their participation in it. The presentations were meant to be a status update for GDEcD.

The TCSG-GTMI Internship Program is funded by the Georgia Department of Economic Development's Workforce Division. The primary goal of the program is to enhance the preparation of technical college students for the advanced manufacturing workforce. Specifically, by challenging technical college students to complete complex, real-world, mission-critical manufacturing research and commercialization projects, the program aims to develop: 

  • Advanced technical skills in areas such as manual and CNC machining, CAD, CAM, additive manufacturing, welding, assembly, mechatronics, and machine maintenance
  • Critical 21st Century skills such as creativity, advanced problem-solving, critical thinking, and communication 

For more information contact:

  • Tina Guldberg
    Director of Strategic Partnerships - Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute
    3410 Manufacturing Related Disclipines Complex (MRDC)
    Phone: (404) 385-4950

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  • Created On: Mar 15, 2017 - 11:18am
  • Last Updated: Mar 17, 2017 - 2:03pm