Siemens has launch a new workforce development program for secondary and technical schools across America called L.E.A.P. — the Lifelong Educational Advantage Program. Made available through Siemens Cooperates with Education, the effort is designed to give high school and technical school graduates a basic to advanced machine tool knowledge that will benefit them in their future careers as CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machinists.
L.E.A.P. starts with Sinutrain, a PC-based, control-identical training system. This software turns any PC screen into an exact representation of the Sinumerik Operate graphical user interface.
As part of the program, Siemens provides training courses in two machine tool disciplines: milling and turning. Each of the courses is divided into levels with pre-requisites. Each course level receives a complete curriculum, which includes both classroom and hands-on training models to increase student engagement and understanding. Upon successful completion of each level, students receive Siemens L.E.A.P. Certifications documenting the advanced skill sets needed in today’s highly technical manufacturing careers.
As students learn the program and how to operate the Sinumerik 828D job shop control, they become equally comfortable in using the higher-level Sinumerik 840D sl CNC.
Once an educational institution is enrolled in the SCE program, a site assessment will determine which L.E.A.P. program best fits participating school needs. Assistance with the installation of the Sinutrain software package, as well as scheduling for instructor training and certification, are available.