Project AWAKE – Manufacturing Job Training Program

Purdue Calumet introducing advanced manufacturing job training   

HAMMOND, Ind. — Purdue University Calumet’s College of Technology is introducing a training program to prepare individuals for jobs in advanced manufacturing.

The training program—Project AWAKE (Assisting Workforce by Advancing Knowledge for Employment)—will take place at Purdue Calumet and offer 21 weeks of industry-recognized training in industrial electricity, mechanical components and programmable logic controllers.

Funded by a $2.7 million U.S. Department of Labor grant the university recently received, the training is intended for up to 300 individuals who are military veterans, TAA-eligible workers affected by foreign trade job loss and others employed in manufacturing positions who want to benefit from related certification.

Cohort sessions of 15 participants will begin training each month, starting May 5. There are 20 sessions, each offering 16 hours of training per week. There is no cost to participants.

“Participants who commit to this training program will be well prepared for outstanding manufacturing-related jobs,” Purdue Calumet College of Technology Project Manager Dan Buehrle said.

Through modularized training, program participants will become prepared for occupations as mechatronics technicians and industrial machinery mechanics, according to Buehrle.    

Additionally, program ‘graduates’ will have the opportunity to obtain U.S. Department of Labor-endorsed industry recognized certifications at four competency levels: Industrial Electricity Certification 1, Industrial Electricity Certification 2, Programmable Logic Controllers Certification 1 and Mechanical Components Certification 1.

Opportunities to participate in four-week internships also are available related to the training.

Other information, including an online application, is available at