With hundreds of thousands of open manufacturing jobs, veterans are a great choice for the in-demand, high-skilled careers that manufacturers have to offer.

The Manufacturing Institute's Heroes MAKE America veterans program is an accelerated training program to assist transitioning service members into rewarding careers in manufacturing.  More than 80 percent of manufacturers report they cannot find people to fill their skilled production jobs. Meanwhile thousands of service men and women return home each month, possessing not only an unmatched work ethic but also rigorous technical training and experience. The Heroes MAKE America program will provide veterans with the industry specific skills and certifications they need to succeed in the manufacturing workforce.

Launching in early 2018 at Fort Riley, in Kansas, the Heroes MAKE America pilot program will be a full-time, 10-week Career Skills Program in partnership with the U.S. Army Soldier For Life office.

Why should your company get involved?

How can I enroll in the Heroes MAKE America program?

In partnership with Arconic Foundation, the Institute released a guide to developing veteran manufacturing ambassadors.  “SERVE: The Veteran's Guide to Becoming an Manufacturing Ambassador” is a guide for veterans on how to engage with fellow service members on the opportunities that manufacturing careers can offer, and includes sample marketing pieces and company best practices.

The Institute's employer playbook on hiring and retaining veterans, "From Military Front Lines to Manufacturing Front Lines: Veterans and Your Workforce," contains tips and best practices for manufacturers on resourcing, hiring and retaining veterans.


Heroes MAKE America Sponsors

Manufacturing Partners

  • Amarr Entrematic​
  • Arconic Aerospace Center​
  • Berry Global​
  • BNSF Railroad
  • Cargill Protein​
  • Caterpillar​
  • Florence Corporation​
  • GE Appliance
  • Georgia Pacific​
  • Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company​
  • Hallmark Cards​
  • Hormel Foods Corporation​
  • Koch Industries, Inc
  • Manko Windows​
  • Mars Chocolate North America​
  • Nestle
  • Orbital ATK​
  • Parker Hannifin​
  • Siemens
  • Smithfield Foods​
  • Spirit AeroSystems
  • The J.M. Smucker Company​
  • Tyson Foods​

Program Partners

  • U.S. Army Soldier for Life – Transition Assistance Program at Fort Riley
  • USO Pathfinder Program at Fort Riley
  • Kansas State University
  • Kansas Works
  • Washburn Institute of Technology
  • Kansas Chamber

© 2018 Manufacturing Institute
733 10th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001