Manufacturing is undergoing a digital transformation that is changing the future of work with smart manufacturing that relies on high-tech systems. The workforce program at Fab Lab Tulsa teaches design thinking and digital fabrication skills targeted at recent high school graduates who are not headed to college and adults seeking to reskill and upskill to meet the rapidly changing environment of industrial digitalization. The program covers the topics of 3D printing, precision laser cutting, CNC milling and electronics, with hands-on learning utilizing a project-based approach where students document their work and build a digital online resume and portfolio to share with future employers.
Technological disruptions and global forces are shaping the future of work, workers and workplaces. Current and future workers, particularly those with marginal connections to technology, in both urban and rural labor markets, are most affected. Our objective is to jump start their careers by preparing them with the high-value skills to be operators and technicians, allowing them to enter the workforce at a “living wage”.
This program is led by Dan Moran, Laboratory Director. Mr. Moran is a Founding Board Member of Fab Lab Tulsa and has extensive experience with 2D and 3D software design, digital fabrication and the engineering design process. Previous to joining Fab Lab Tulsa, Mr. Moran was a stress analyst with Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. where he worked on Boeing 787 wing component development and he was a test engineer with Nordam Group, Inc. in the aircraft composite test program. Supporting the program will be Rebecca Williams, Laboratory Assistant. Ms. Williams has extensive experience in Computer Aided Design (CAD) software, CNC machining, precision lasers and 3D printing.
Furthermore, Nathan Pritchett, executive director of Fab Lab Tulsa, is one of the leading experts invited by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices to explore the technological disruptions shaping the future of work and to identify the most promising practices to prepare the workforce of the future. The Future Workforce Now research is funded by the Siegel Family Endowment and the Gates Foundation.