About ATIM

The ATIM program rapidly prepares workers for high-demand jobs in manufacturing.  Individuals selected to participate will benefit from personal career development and accelerated training plans to meet each participant’s needs; paid job skill training and national credential exams in high-demand fields; work-based learning opportunities with manufacturing employers; ongoing team counseling; and permanent job placement. This program is part of a study designed to learn about how the program makes a difference in helping people get employment in the manufacturing industry.  

Not everyone interested in the program was enrolled.   Participation in the program was be based, in part, on a random selection process (much like drawing names from a hat). For this process, participants were chosen at random, without consideration of any personal characteristics, such as race or gender – everyone who went through this random selection process had an equal chance of getting select for the program.  To have an opportunity to enroll in the program, potential participants had to complete the online application, attend an information session where they learned more about the program and the study and were given an opportunity to ask questions, and decided whether to participate in the study.


Manufacturing Training Areas

Operate manual or computer-controlled machines, or robots to perform one or more machine functions on metal or plastic work pieces.

Mechatronics (Equipment Service and Repair)

Research, design, develop, repair or test automated, intelligent systems, smart devices, or industrial systems control.


Set up, operate, or tend welding, soldering, or brazing machines or robots that weld, braze, solder, or heat treat metal products, components, or assemblies. Includes workers who operate laser cutters or laser-beam machines.

Coordinate and expedite the flow of work and materials within or between departments of an establishment according to production schedule.  Implements methods for managing warehousing and moving goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.

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