Manufacturing Industry Outlook

Manufacturing is among the top seven high-growth and high-demand industries in the Cook County region.

With its rich manufacturing history, West Side Chicago neighborhoods already have the prime infrastructure to take advantage of recent advances in American manufacturing. There are an estimated 200 manufacturers near Bethel’s service area that produce annual sales of around $1.5 billion and employ a workforce of nearly 9,000.

Across the Chicago region as well as on the West Side there is a growing demand from manufacturers for applicants with computerized numerical control credentials. American manufacturing has become much more advanced and computerized. Persons with skills to operate high-tech machines are in demand. Careers in Advanced Manufacturing can be financially rewarding for the employee that the communities where these businesses exist and where employees live. If more West Side residents acquired Advanced Manufacturing jobs, they could generate a tremendous positive economic impact on the entire area.

Advanced Manufacturing Career Training Program

The Advanced Manufacturing Training (AMT), is designed to prepare participants for careers in the evolving manufacturing industry. AMT is a free career elevation program focused on skill building in the technology and core manufacturing career competencies for high demand careers in the advanced manufacturing industry.

AMT meets 3 days a week for four hours per session over approximately 20 weeks. AMT is for adults that are unemployed or currently working in low-income jobs that are interested in starting a career in manufacturing.

• Learn blueprint reading, how to operate CNC machines and manufacture small parts

• Earn 3 Level 1 CNC certifications in mill and lathe programming setup and operations; Measurement and Materials; and Safety Certification

• Receive one-on-one job placement support through our network of manufacturing industry employer partners

• Get personal financial literacy coaching and technology training


Phase I: AMTP begins with an introduction to Advanced Manufacturing. Participants learn the fundamentals of CNC machines, blueprint reading, and 3D Milling. Having an understanding of the common units of measurement and the ability to convert units of measurement from one to another, are essential skills in Advanced Manufacturing Technology. CNC Operators program numerical data into a computer operated CNC Lathe.

Phase II: Participants begin to learn the principles and application of technology in advanced manufacturing. Participants walk through the theory and hands-on training in the set-up, operation, and programming of a CNC mill and CNC lathe. Emphasis is placed upon developing safe work habits to operate CNC machines. After successful completion of this phase, participants will be able to demonstrate skills in programming, set-up, and operation, and manufacture small parts using a CNC lathe and mill.

Phase III: Participants will be introduced to 3D Printing for Manufacturing. Participants will learn about additive manufacturing, fundamentals of additive manufacturing materials and how to design and build 3D-printed metal parts.


To be considered for enrollment in the Advanced Manufacturing program there is an application, assessment, and orientation that must be completed. Final eligibility for enrollment will be determined upon full completion of the assessment. Prior manufacturing industry experience is NOT required. Chicago Westside residents are strongly encouraged to enroll.

Eligible candidates must be:

• Be a Chicago resident

• Ready to commit to 16 to 22 weeks of training

• 18 years or older and able to pass a drug screening

• Able to pass basic reading and math TABE test

• Prepared to complete pre-enrollment orientation

To begin the enrollment process, contact or call  773-473-7872


Classes meet three times a week for 4 hours per session. Classes are held in Chicago facilitated by the Technology & Manufacturing Association (TMA). There will be independent assignments given throughout the AMT program. Assignments are expected to be completed by scheduled due dates. Participants will be issued program supplies and educational enhancement items including, but not limited to CNC Programming Handbook and Tool Kit.

In addition to learning the principles and application of technology in advanced manufacturing participants should expect:

Career Elevation Training & Support. Designed to prepare participants for optimal success in the workplace, Bethel’s signature career elevation training includes 20 sessions to help participants gain and reinforce key skills to succeed in high demand careers in the manufacturing industry. Participants will get an in-depth look at careers in the Advanced Manufacturing industry learning strategies, techniques to successfully navigate careers pathways in the manufacturing industry, career opportunity showcases, and post training career matching.

Access to 24-hour Virtual Learning HUB. Exclusive for individuals enrolled in Bethel career elevation programs, gain 24-hour access to our virtual learning HUB for training on a variety of topics including social media job searches and networking strategies, making job transitions and more. New trainings are added every month. Easily accessed from mobile devices.  No special apps or software required.

Alumni Network. Lifetime access to job placement resources and support through Bethel New Life Inc. partners and manufacturing industry employer connections.


To enroll in the next cohort or learn more about the Advanced Manufacturing Training program attend an upcoming information session.

3 Ways to Get Started Now:

  1. Attend an upcoming information session.  Call 773-473-7872 to register.
  2. Begin the application process: Click here to start the application now
  3. Email us at to schedule an appointment to learn more our program

To schedule an appointment contact us at or call 773-473-7872.