Skillbridge-approved and
Department of Defense funded

Skillbridge-approved and
Department of Defense funded

Driving American manufacturing
into the future

Our Mission


LIFT, operated by the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute (ALMMII), is a nonprofit 501(c)3 public-private partnership between the U.S. Department of Defense, industry and academia. LIFT is a part of the national network of manufacturing innovation institutes, driving the U.S. mobility sector toward the future manufacturing revolution to support our nation’s economy and enhance our national security.

“At LIFT we are committed to developing and deploying advanced manufacturing technologies and implementing talent development initiatives to better prepare the workforce today and in the future. Operation Next is central to this effort. Nothing could be more important or impactful than preparing separating military personnel with the skills and competencies most needed by manufacturers and most likely to set those who have served on a career path of advancement and growth.”

Nigel Francis, LIFT CEO

Innovative and Impactful Manufacturing

In developing the Operation Next program, LIFT researched and convened with national and regional parties to determine the best and most qualified partners to develop our program curriculum for military personnel.

Nationally Recognized Credentials

The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), formed in 1995 by the nation’s major metalworking trade associations to develop and maintain a competitive American workforce, is now globally recognized as the leading provider of world-class, industry-developed and validated, competency-based skill standards, credentials and training frameworks for the most in-demand manufacturing competencies.

The American Welding Society (AWS) is a nonprofit organization with a global mission to advance the science, technology and application of welding and allied joining and cutting processes, including brazing, soldering and thermal spraying. AWS is the source for qualification and certification of welding personnel….

Transform the Global Workforce One Life at a Time

Amatrol Inc. provides best-in-class innovative and interactive learning solutions for industry and education to equip people with the skills to master technical systems, solve problems and adapt to a rapidly changing workplace. Vetted and validated by NIMS, Amatrol joined the Operation Next team as the online curriculum provider.

If you are separating military personnel, a member of the National Guard and Reserve, a military spouse, a manufacturing employer, or a military installation representative, get involved now to experience the benefits of Operation Next.