Workforce Development

Workforce Development

Workforce development is one of the biggest needs in manufacturing today.  FASTLANE understands that finding, training, and retaining your workforce is critical to the growth, competiveness and sustainability of your business.  The ability to beat your competition is closely tied to your people and your capacity to deliver great customer experiences.  We offer creative solutions to enhance your talent management.  We work to save you time by keeping up to date on what’s available, conducting research, getting questions answered.  By combining our in-depth knowledge of local businesses, clear industry insights, and partnerships with local education providers, we create strategic individualized solutions for our clients.

Our strategic direction includes:

  • Work to grow the highly skilled future workforce needed for advanced manufacturing in Ohio.
  • Address the current skills gaps to quickly transition individuals into manufacturing careers.

We can help with:

  • Professional Development Programs/Training

  • Skill Training/Programs

  • Internships/Co-Op programs

  • Surge Capacity Solutions

  • Manufacturing Advocacy

  • Succession Planning

  • Workforce Resource Finder

  • Career Advocacy

  • Best Practice Identification

  • Workforce Programs


Professional Development Programs/Training: We work with our network to provide solutions in the below areas as well as support in understanding the training grants available through the state of Ohio.

  • Quality Standards Training
  • Leadership Development
  • Technical Continuing Education (i.e. lean manufacturing, six sigma, etc.)
  • Certification Programs (i.e. PMP, PE, Lean Certifications etc.)
  • Professional Development (i.e. emerging leader training, supervisor training etc.)


Skill Training/Programs

  • Manufacturing Certifications
    • Individual Training Certifications
    • CNC Training
    • Welding Training
    • CAD/3D Modeling Training


Internships/Co-Op Programs

  • Full-time Internship Program: students work 40 hours/week and do not attend classes during the semester.
  • Part-time Internship Program: students generally work 15-20 hours and continue to attend some classes.  Types of internship and co-op programs available:
    • Student Contract Program: students work at the employer’s location up to 20 hours per week while taking classes or 40 hours per week while not attending classes. The student is placed on the University’s payroll and insurance program.
    • Co-op: students work for the same employer for multiple semesters, usually rotating a semester of classes with a semester of work.


Surge Capacity Solutions: Through UDRI, and within the local area, the Dayton Region has expertise in many technical areas. When you are faced with a shortage of technical expertise, FASTLANE will work to find the right resource solution based on your needs. General areas include the below (also see Technology Acceleration)

  • Sensors & Electronics (i.e. S/W Programming., embedded controls)
  • Materials & Processes
  • Mechanical & Structural (i.e. FEA, CFD etc.)
  • Chemical/Environmental/Fuels


Manufacturing Advocacy

  • Career Awareness Outreach 
    • Speak to Middle School and High School Students
    • Manufacturing career success stories
    • Manufacturing Day Support
    • Partnering with the DRMA
      • Manufacturing Day Committee
      • Workforce Development Advisory Committee
      • Growing the Workforce Pipeline Committee
  • Dream It Do It
    • Volunteer for
      • Ohio Robotics – Extreme Bot
      • Tech Prep Showcase (Sinclair, Miami Valley TechPrep Consortium)