• Festo Learning Center Midwest: Launch of Two-Year Mechatronics Apprenticeship Program

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    August 26, 2016
    On August 23, 2016, the Festo Learning Center Midwest which is co-located with the Festo Regional Service Center and serves manufacturing companies and colleges in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, welcomed 11 apprentices from 5 companies for their first day of hands-on training as part of a 2-year Mechatronics Apprenticeship Program.

    This dual track Apprenticeship Program has been developed under the leadership of EACC member Festo Didactic and in collaboration with MAP², the Mechatronics Apprenticeship Program Partners, which includes EACC members Sinclair Community CollegeTechSolve, and Festo Corporation, as well as ART Metals Group, Clippard Instrument Laboratory, MQ Automation, and Nestlé R&D.

    The program combines mechanical and electrical engineering, controls engineering and computer science. The mechatronic technician will be awarded an Associate’s Degree and will be able to work as: Maintenance Technician, Automation Specialist, Service Technician, and/or Manufacturing Technician.

    The apprenticeship program integrates theoretical education at the college with hands-on training at the Festo Learning Center and On-the-Job-Training at the companies.

    Apprentices spend one day per week at the college, one day at the Festo Learning Center and three days as employees/trainees at their employers.

    The apprentices, their friends and families, company representatives, the college team and the Festo Didactic team gathered for the kick-off and apprentice orientation at Sinclair Community College in Mason, OH.

      

    *Article adapted from Festo Didactic Press Release
    * Images Source: Festo Didactic
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