Tennessee Valley Institute for Materials Joining and Training (IMJAT)

The Tennessee Valley Institute for Materials joining and Testing (IMJAT) proposes to serve employer and TAA-impacted worker needs by providing rapid retraining in two core, high-demand, high wage fields: non-destructive evaluation (NDE) and materials joining (MJ). IMJAT will provide training for TAA/displaced workers, including VA in 11 counties in southeast Tennessee as well as 6 counties in northwest Georgia. IMJAT's career pathways will offer a continuum starting at entry-level certification that produces employability within 4-6 months while also providing opportunities for stacked and latticed credentialing that could lead to advanced certifications, associate, and/or baccalaureate degrees. The certifications developed for this program are the direct result of employer input based on the community outreach conducted for this proposal process. Certifications for MJ include: AWS Certified Welding Machine Operator, Welding Machine Tech, Welding Control Tech, Robotic Arc Welder, and Certified Weld Inspector. Certifications in NDE include: Level 1 & 2 industry certified VT, MT/PT, ET, and UT/RT skilled technicians. All Certifications lead to an A.A.S. in Engineering Technology with a concentration in materials joining or nondestructive evaluation and testing, and the opportunity to advance these skills toward a B.S. in Engineering.

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