About the Career
This occupation requires combined knowledge of electrical, electronic and mechanical systems used in industrial plants. Workers frequently support automation and robotic technologies. Work processes include installing, repairing, and maintaining equipment/devices. Troubleshooting systems involved in manufacturing and process control are critical requirements for workers in these occupations. Workers typically operate and debug, industrial computer and communication systems including PLC's, PCs, and HMI technologies. Workers machine metal and other materials; fabricate parts and weld/join components. Documenting work performed, maintaining accurate records, and working in a collaborative environment are critical interpersonal skills. Employees in some, but not all plants, support facilities, utilities and grounds.
About this apprenticeship
The Mechatronics Technician Apprenticeship requires 10,000 work hours - 9,136 on the job and 864 in paid-related instruction. In addition, 8 hours of unpaid-related night school is required.
Approximate costs include tuition ($4,000) and books ($2,000).
Companies in the LTC district who currently employ Mechatronics Technicians include:
- Curt G. Joa Inc.
- Lakeside Foods Inc.
- Sargento Foods Inc.
- Viking Masek
Upon successful completion of this apprenticeship, you will receive:
- A Certificate of Completion of paid-related Instruction from LTC
- A Certificate of Completion of the Apprenticeship from the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards
- A Journeyworker card from the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards
- Eligibility to transfer 39 credits into a Journeyworker Technical Studies Associate Degree
What are the steps to apply?
You must have a sponsoring employer before receiving an apprentice contract and being invited to school. Note: One good option prior to gaining employment is to enroll in LTC's one-year Maintenance Mechanic program. Discuss with your employer your desire to enter the apprenticeship for this trade. Your employer should contact the local Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards - Apprenticeship Training Representative (ATR) and discuss next steps and procedures. The ATR for our area is:
Ms. Lynn O'Shasky - Apprenticeship Training Representative
Lakeshore Technical College
1290 North Avenue
Cleveland, WI 53015-1414
Specifics for the apprenticeship contract are worked out between you, your employer, and the ATR (Apprenticeship Training Representative).
Once everything is in order, a Wisconsin Apprentice Contract is issued and you will than be invited to school.