NRL Colorado is a manufacturing workforce development program of the Rocky Mountain National Tooling & Machining Association (RMTMA) to help machine shops fill their workforce pipeline by partnering with local schools. By formalizing ties between schools and industry advisors, students gain a better understanding and become enthusiastic about the career possibilities in manufacturing.

Students design and build 15-lb remote controlled robots to face-off in a gladiator-style competition. Through the manufacturing process of bot building, students’ imaginations are captured as they design, build and compete with their own robotic creations. Students gain practical knowledge of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) – all essential skills for manufacturing.

Why Is NRL Colorado Important?

There is a skills and interest gap in manufacturing.

  • 2.4 million manufacturing positions may go unfilled by 2028 (according to a Deloitte Study).
  • 90% of parents recognize that a strong manufacturing base is critical to the US economy, but only 30% of parents would support their child’s pursuit of a career in manufacturing.
  • NRL Colorado attracts smart, capable students who love to build things and solve problems.
  • Potential careers students can have:  buyer, manager, CAD/CAM designer, CNC operator/machinist, welder, assembler, driver, quality control and more!


We thank our printing partner at ChariTEES®. Since this is a fundraising initiative, please NO returns! Review the 100% preshrunk cotton-5.3 oz shirt specifications before you purchase.  If you are unhappy with your shirt please pass it along to a family member or friend who also supports this cause!

Port & Company

Sale price $29

Sizes S-XXL