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 College
, 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