MechaFORCE SM —Registered Internship Manufacturing Program (M-RIM)

New Jersey’s advanced and precision manufacturing companies are in dire need for skilled talent. They are also in need for programs to recruit, develop and retain the talent required to operate, maintain and grow their businesses.

M-RIM is designed to assist companies with training and building their high skill, high demand talent pipelines and also to assist K-12 and higher education institutions to align their curricula to manufacturers’ needs.

From its home at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), which is a public research university, with the support of numerous state and national partners, and with continued financial support from such manufacturers as Triangle Manufacturing Co. Inc., and Norwalt Design, Inc., M-RIM helps manufacturers attract talent from:

  • Graduating High School Students (traditional, Career and Technical Education/CTE and Vocational Education) who begin their studies in this field in 11th and 12th grades
  • Millennials, Generation X  populations and others who might have never considered manufacturing careers

M-RIM is modeled after the US Department of Labor’s registered apprenticeship program, now known as ApprenticeshipUSA.  This program is a proven solution for recruiting, training, and retaining world-class talent. It’s an effective strategy to ensure that manufacturers have a workforce who possess the specific skills required to meet the emerging demands of today’s modern and increasingly automated manufacturing workplace.


  • Combines on-the-job learning during working hours with formal classroom or online courses outside the work-day
  • Offers a unique, flexible system allowing companies to focus in on the occupational areas that are in high demand and most needed within their organizations
  • Offers employees an educational and career pathway with on- and off-ramps which leads to one or more of the following outcomes: college credit, industry-valued credentials and even associate and bachelor’s degrees that can be earned studying part-time while being full-time employed.

M-RIM is able to maximize its impact by having the well-established NJ Advanced Manufacturing Talent Network (M-NJ) serve as its intermediary sponsor between your company and the ApprenticeshipUSA office.

In this role, M-NJ partners with manufacturers to identify and/or recruit potential Registered Interns (RI’s) in the occupational titles most in need, implements the program and agreements between the employers and employees, monitors the employees’ progress through the specific on-the-job learning and educational pathways for that occupational  title, and ensures that all of the requirements have been met and the RI is certified when completed to receive a nationally recognized, portable and stackable manufacturing credential from the US government.

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