Via New Orleans City Business: Companies & Colleges Partner To Offer Mechatronic Apprenticeship Program
(NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA) - Three New Orleans-area companies and three local community colleges are partnering on a program to teach students the mechanics of manufacturing and engineering.
Elmer Chocolate, Laitram and Zatarain’s have signed an agreement with Delgado, Nunez and Northshore Technical Community colleges for an Apprenticeship Program for Mechatronics.
The program is the latest initiative of GNOu, which provides companies with specifically-trained Workers, schools with market-relevant curricula and the region with a better trained workforce, according to a news release from GNO Incorporated.
It’s the result of the organization engaging companies in the Advanced Manufacturing Industry to determine workforce needs that could be solved by specialized training, the news release said.
The companies said the skills needed to use and maintain equipment are evolving with the technology of the industry, requiring more customized training.
Mechatronics is an emerging branch of engineering that combines skills and knowledge in electrical and mechanical systems, electronics, robotics and control systems.
Mechatronic Workers are employed in many industrial environments, including energy, plastics, advanced manufacturing, and aerospace.
Apprentices will earn a paycheck while learning the skills on the job, and alternate between eight weeks of classroom work and eight weeks at their company.
Program participants will receive experience in motor controls, basic machining (mill, lathe, drilling, tapping, etc.), blueprint reading, functions of electrical and electronic systems and more.
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