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Medical Device Occupations Value Education - Help In the Regional Economy Program (MOVE-HIRE)

MOVE-HIRE is a tuition free skills training program, providing industry recognized credentials, and work-based learning opportunities, including apprenticeships, on-the-job training, and internships to prepare participants for careers in the medical device industry.  

Specific careers include: machinists, machine operators, metal finishers, quality assurance, packaging, and logistics.  All training is tied to employment opportunities in the Greater Memphis Area.  MOVE-HIRE is designed to move low wage, unemployed, and under-employed workers to high paying manufacturing careers.  

MOVE-HIRE is funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.  

MOVE HIRE Eligibility

Basic Eligibility Criteria

  • * Must be 18 Years or older

  • * Live in the 9 county Memphis Metro Area

  • * Silver Level National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC)

  • * Employment Status Must Be:

    • Underemployed: People seeking full time employment but are employed part time or employed full time but making less than $15/hour
    • Incumbent Workers: People underrepresented in the targeted industry (including women and minorities)
    • Unemployed Workers: People seeking full time employment

MOVE-HIRE Training Partners

  • Arkansas State University - MidSouth
  • William R. Moore College of Technology
  • Southwest Tennessee Community College
  • Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Memphis
  • University of Memphis, Herff College of Engineering


MOVE-HIRE Programs

  • Pre-apprentice Machinists
  • Metal Finishers
  • Quality Assurance
  • Registered Apprentice Machinists
  • Logistics Technicians
  • Engineers



  • Employs approximately 7,000 people through direct employment
  • Employs approximately 10,000 people through indirect employment


  • Generates $2.4 Billion/year in economic impact in the local economy
  • Generates $50 Million/year in local tax revenue


Future growth limited by supply of skilled workers in critical career pathways



For more information on how to apply, please contact: or call 901.614.1099.