Curriculum Development & Program Design

Access to highly skilled, well educated, and credentialed manufacturing professionals has emerged as the number one challenge to growth for advanced manufacturing companies in the Philadelphia region.

DVIRC’s long-standing commitment to Talent Development has been integral to everything we do for our clients.  The Institute for World-Class Manufacturing®(IWCM®) provides learning opportunities for individuals at all levels within a company, the Manufacturers Council and CEO Forums provide peer-to-peer networking and learning opportunities, and our focus on supporting the development of future associates has been realized through special regional projects such as AET and STEM.

DVIRC participated in the development of curriculum by bringing together businesses to define the skill requirements needed by future employees. The programmatic areas for AET include:

  • Machine Tool and Manufacturing Automation, where individuals learn about machinery, materials, and advanced manufacturing production;
  • Process Control, which supports petrochemical, chemical processing, food processing, pharmaceutical and biotech, and using computers to control processes; and
  • Industrial Systems, a multi-disciplinary program combining mechanical systems maintenance, electricity, hydraulics/pneumatics, machining or fabrication, diagnostics and repair.

These three educational areas will support a substantial portion of the region’s need for technically proficient, well-educated individuals, providing the market with a range of talent from diagnostics technicians and numerical control programmers, through process control and bio-technicians, to much needed complex systems, maintenance and repair engineers and technicians.


Real World Navy Challenge

With support from the Lenfest Foundation, DVIRC worked with the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU), the Educational Information Resource Center, the Navy, businesses, and local schools to develop the Real World Navy Challenge.  Utilizing a problem-based learning approach, this enrichment program was designed to engage middle- and high-school students in team-based problem solving using a catastrophe as the platform for exercising STEM skills and creativity.

The scenario is that a catastrophic event has occurred at the Limerick Power Plant causing the plant to close, eliminating power to the surrounding areas formerly powered by the plant.  The power plant has released an unknown amount of radioactive materials into the environment and the matter is being investigated by local authorities.  The US Navy resources in Philadelphia have pledged their support to the State of Pennsylvania and will provide expertise and support as needed.   Students are part of a team that needs to create plans to deal with the disaster and to investigate any current impacts on the community.

For more information, contact the CCIU.