The New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program received approval from the U.S. Department of Labor to offer the first registered Industrial Manufacturing Production Technician Apprenticeship Program in New Jersey through the NJMEP Pro-Action Education NetworkTM.
“NJMEP developed an innovative, nationally approved Computer Numerical Control program that is discovering—and then delivering—exactly what skilled workers are looking for in today’s career opportunities,” said Patricia Moran, director of apprenticeships at NJMEP. “Skilled machinists are the lifeblood for manufacturers but the local labor pool of skilled workers has been tight.”
Apprentices in the program will earn money and perform 3,000 hours of paid, on-the-job training and classroom training hours. The program consists of print reading, measurement and industrial math, CNC milling setup operations and programming, machining process, CNC lathe setup, operations and programming.
Students do not pay one cent.
“There is a huge need for skilled machinists,” NJMEP Chief Executive Officer John Kennedy said. “This is an investment for both the individual and the company and a great opportunity for students to obtain an education without incurring student debt while gaining a successful career foothold in manufacturing.”