Workforce Development Training

More than 40 companies in Northwest Indiana and South Chicago have benefited from training provided at the Commercialization and Manufacturing Excellence Center.

Training on a computer

Testing electrical currents

Workforce Development Training offers benefits in the following ways:

  • Training is offered a la carte, so you can choose what training is best for your company and employees
  • Builds a pipeline of skilled workers within organization
  • Decreases recruitment costs
  • Increases productivity
  • Provides opportunity to cost-effectively develop core manufacturing skills in your workforce
  • Offers potential to improve safety and quality

All Training is customizable, meaning you chose the length, time of day, and topics that meet the needs of your team and organization.

Some offerings include:


  • Overview of Lean Manufacturing
  • Lean 101-Intro Training class for Small Business Owners
  • Lean
  • Work Cell Design
  • 5S Training


  • Computer Aided Design (CAD)
  • Blueprint Reading
  • Mechanical Drives
  • Power Transmission & Shafts
  • Mechanical Drives
  • Safety
  • Chain Drives, Sprockets, Torque
  • Hydraulics & Pneumatics
  • Belt Drives
  • Gear Drives
  • Machine Elements


  • DC Electricity
  • AC Electricity
  • AC/DC Power Systems
  • AC/DC Rotating Machinery
  • Electrical Control System Wiring
  • Conduit
  • Electrical Safety

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC)

  • PLC Architecture
  • PLC Applications
  • Basic Process Control
  • Process Control Systems

Space Is Available

CMEC has 2,100 square feet of co-working space set aside for students, faculty and founders to work alone or collaboratively on projects. CMEC also has 1,200 square feet of space equipped with 1-phase (120VAC) and 3-phase (208VAC) of electricity for pilot manufacturing.

Also available is advanced manufacturing training equipment including robots, Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), electrical and mechanical machinery.