Competition Call for Skilled Trades Students
Are you learning machining, welding, CAD/CAM, metrology and/or additive manufacturing? If so, put your skills to the test and represent your school by participating in a Project MFG Integrated Manufacturing Competition coordinated by the SecureAmerica Institute and the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station.
About Project MFG
Project MFGshines a light on the need and opportunities for skilled trades by focusing on the development of new talent to provide a path forward for individuals and our country. Project MFG competitions throughout the United States promote the trades across industries and help advance the next generation of highly skilled trade professionals. As an integrated workforce development and recruitment effort, Project MFG collaborates across communities, the private sector and government to expand the U.S. industrial base workforce.
SecureAmerica Institute support of Project MFG is funded by the Department of Defense’s Industrial Base Analysis and Sustainment (IBAS) program as part of the National Imperative for Industrial Skills (NIIS) initiative.
Integrated Manufacturing Challenge
East Texas Region
Available Competition Dates: Qualifying rounds will take place Fall 2021 at Adams Engineers and Equipment, Inc. in Jacksonville, Texas. Teams will choose two consecutive days from the available weeks below to compete.
- Week of November 15
- Week of November 29
- Week of December 6
- Week of December 13
State competition: Spring 2022 at the SecureAmerica Institute on the Texas A&M University System RELLIS Campus in Bryan/ College Station, Texas
National Finals: May 2022 – Location TBD
COVID-19 Restrictions: All Texas A&M System COVID restrictions in effect at the time of the Project MFG competitions will be followed including wearing of face masks, social distancing, occupancy limits, sanitizing requirements and other restrictions that may apply at the locations will be strictly followed.
South Texas Region
- Pressure test your skills by competing in a real-world manufacturing scenario.
- Meet industry experts and gain exposure to employers to shape your career path.
- Have a chance to win tools, scholarships and national notoriety on social media.
For Your Team
- Compete as a member of a team to learn from others and expand your network.
- Gain bragging rights if you advance past the first round and build skills as you progress.
- Make it to national finals in May 2022 and we will seeyou on Clash of TradesTM.
For Our Country
- Set an example as one of the best and brightest next generation of trade professionals.
- Help Project MFG spark a movement to restore America’s industrial base.
Required Team Skills
Interdisciplinary teams compete in a two-day challenge to fabricate a product to required specifications. The competition requires the following skills:
- CNC Machining (3+2) or 5-axis (preferred)
- Welding GMAW/GTAW
- Measurement Sciences / Metrology
- Industry 4.0 / Digital Thread (optional)
- Additive Manufacturing (optional)
Visit the Project Manufacturing website to learn more about becoming a competitor representing the Texas A&M System.