ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Not long ago, having AI-related skills wasn’t even an idea for employees — or even a requirement for some employers — but times have changed, and places like CNM are helping students keep up.
Their Industrial Automation Technician program, also known as Mechatronics, is training students to become skilled technicians capable of repairing and maintaining computer-controlled systems and robotic equipment.
“It just so happens that we get a lot of requests from employers who come to the university and say ‘Hey, do you have a technician?'” said James Berry, CNM’s future trade-residential researcher. “The Maintenance Technician or Automation Technician program, we’ve been talking about it, and it took us almost two years to get it started.”
“Amazon needed a position called Maintenance Technician Level II, so we worked with Amazon and our partners at Unmodulated, a skills-to-job marketplace to design courses for those who are eligible to apply for Maintenance Technician II jobs ,” said Mary Gallivan, executive director of the CNM Ingenuity program. “Amazon employs about a thousand of these jobs, so it’s all about building a pipeline of labor for Amazon fulfillment centers in New Mexico and across the country.”
Their hands-on technical training provides training for positions in welding, 3D printing, and other fields.
CNM has also partnered with Intel to launch an AI program that trains students in appointment collection, AI model training, coding, and more.
“When you think about a person who may already be working today and looking for additional skills to increase employment or advancement opportunities, AI is one of the very important opportunities,” said Vice President Samantha Sengel. .” CNM’s workforce and community success.
You can get a certificate or degree in AI training and no computer science background is required. In fact, officials say having AI skills can help candidates stand out in the job pool, regardless of their degree.
Over the next few weeks, we will be exploring more career and training opportunities as part of the Skilled 4 Work series offered by CNM.