For job candidates

  • Discover your baseline skills through a series of employability competency system assessments.
  • Learn what employers are looking for in a job candidate.
  • Know what it takes to get hired, maintain the job, and advance to a higher wage.
  • Learn the rules of the game: Policy, procedure, and performance metrics.
  • Understand the manufacturing industry culture, language, and environment.


For Employers

  • Rely on SAM training to provide applicants the core skills and knowledge for manufacturing.
  • See the benefits of applicants trained on the fundamentals of lean manufacturing.
  • Meet aspiring employees with experience working in a high-performance manufacturing cell.
  • Discover job candidates poised for long-term hire.​​

Community job skills training

The Skills for American Manufacturing (SAM) training is a collaboration of workforce development organizations, learning institutions, and Applied IE. SAM training is customized to provide learning objectives designed for a specific community population to prepare or enhance job skills for the manufacturing industry.

SAM training can be designed to benefit those seeking manufacturing entry-level job positions such as production associate, material handler, set-up technician, quality inspector, shipping clerk, or production support staff.

​Contact Applied IE to learn more about SAM training and how to set up a training program in your community.

Example foundation course
The foundation course is provided by the learning institution, such as a community college or intermediate school district. The foundation course contains the necessary skills and knowledge required for entry-level job positions. Learning topics may include:

  • Workplace discipline: Learning employer expectations and job requirements.
  • Self-management: Exploring methods and tools to improve attendance and job reliability.
  • Interpersonal and business communication: Discovering ways to communicate effectively with team members, supervisors, and internal customers.
  • Applied technology: Leaning the basics of electricity, mechanics, fluid dynamics, and thermos dynamics.
  • Applied Mathematics: Learning the basic math skills required for manufacturing.
  • Data analytics: Locating and reading for information.
  • Problem solving: Using simple methods to identify root cause and implement process improvement.
  • Print reading: Reading engineering drawings and identifying quality specifications.
  • Measurement tools: Learning to use quality measurement devices.
  • Workplace safety: Keeping everyone safe.
  • Job quest: Resume writing and preparing for a job interview.​

​​Capstone course
The capstone coarse is designed to give participants the opportunity to apply the knowledge to a manufacturing assembly simulation. The near-realistic production assembly is delivered by Applied IE using the proprietary XMC-401 learning platform. ​The Learning topics may include:

  • Lean manufacturing: Using simple methods and tools for process improvement.
  • The visual factory: Implementing 5S, Kanban, and visual controls.
  • Standard operating procedures: Using procedures for training and coaching.
  • Process Compliance: Understanding the impact to safety, quality, delivery, and cost.
  • Manufacturing Speak: Discovering new words, phrases, and acronyms.

Participants are grouped in teams and experience multiple production builds following the Deming cycle, also known as Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) cycle. Each production build provides participants the opportunity to problem solve and implement performance-oriented improvements. Participants will:

  • Experience setting up a production line.
  • Use a procedure for training and assure process compliance.
  • Build product and collect production data.
  • Calculate and graph performance metrics.
  • Analyze performance metrics and production data.
  • Develop corrective actions and process improvements.
  • Apply performance-driven improvements.