As the leader of Roane State Community College’s Advanced Composites Employment accelerator, Andy Pokelwaldt can blend his experience as a military trainer, an educator, and a mentor. The ACE program, based at the Halcyon Center at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, provides three introductory courses in composite materials. People with two- or four-year degrees can take the courses at no cost because ACE is grant-funded.

As the leader of Roane State Community College’s Advanced Composites Employment accelerator, Andy Pokelwaldt can blend his experience as a military trainer, an educator, and a mentor.

“I enjoy teaching, and I understand what having skills in composite materials will mean in the marketplace,” Pokelwaldt said. “Learning about composite materials will make people more employable, and that’s what this job is all about.”

The ACE program, based at the Halcyon Center at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, provides three introductory courses in composite materials. People with two- or four-year degrees can take the courses at no cost because ACE is grant-funded.
The program includes instruction in:

  • polymer chemistry required for manufacturing composite materials products,
  • methods used to manufacture composite materials,
  • the role of automation in composite materials manufacturing,
  • how to safely handle hazardous materials, and
  • hands-on application of composite materials manufacturing processes.

“ACE is a great option for businesses who want their employees to learn about composite materials,” Pokelwaldt said.
With Pokelwaldt, businesses have a contact who understands training.

Pokelwaldt was a senior noncommissioned officer, active Army, at Army Forces Command Headquarters, Fort McPherson/Fort Bragg, N.C.; an administrative chief in the United States Marine Corps Reserve; and a supervisor/trainer with the Tennessee Army National Guard. During his service in Iraq, Pokelwaldt trained more than 1,000 Iraqi soldiers in tactics, administrative operations, and logistics.

Pokelwaldt’s military education and experience includes human resources management, lean six sigma, consulting, personnel management, training program development, IT security, project management, and contractor relations.

Source: Oak Ridge Today | Roane State Community College