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Siemens Partners with U.S. Technical Schools for L.E.A.P. Initiative


Siemens, through its Siemens Cooperates with Education, is launching a workforce development program for secondary and technical schools across America called L.E.A.P.—the Lifelong Educational Advantage Program. The effort is to give graduates a basic-to-advanced machine tool knowledge that will benefit them in their future careers as CNC (Computer Numerical Content) 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. The numeric kernel (NC) that drives Sinutrain also powers the Sinumerk 828D and 840D sl controls.

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 certifications documenting the advanced skill sets needed in today’s highly technical manufacturing careers.

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