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DWD Deputy Secretary Maxwell Highlights Mechatronics Technician Registered Apprenticeship Launch at Gateway Technical College

STURTEVANT – Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Deputy Secretary Georgia Maxwell today highlighted the launch of the new Mechatronics Technician Registered Apprenticeship talent development solution for Wisconsin manufacturers during an information session at the Gateway Technical College SC Johnson integrated Manufacturing and Engineering Technology Center (iMET).

"Wisconsin has invested over $200 million to support innovative talent development solutions under Governor Walker's leadership in the last four years, including continued funding for the Registered Apprenticeship program," said DWD Deputy Secretary Maxwell. "Launching Mechatronics Technician Registered Apprenticeship standards in partnership with the Wisconsin Technical College System and regional businesses provides an effective hybrid training model to upskill apprentices for great careers in advanced manufacturing."

DWD's Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards developed the Mechatronics Technician Registered Apprenticeship standards in partnership with Wisconsin Technical College System representatives and large and small regional manufacturers to address the skills gap and training needs in advanced manufacturing.

Mechatronics Technicians support robotics and automation technologies used in modern manufacturing processes for electrical, mechanical and electronic systems. Workers typically troubleshoot, operate and debug industrial computer and communications systems, such as Programmable Logic Controllers and Human Machine Interface technologies. These high skill technicians may machine metal and other materials, fabricate parts and weld components, as well as work in collaborative environments documenting work performed and supporting facilities, utilities and grounds in some companies.

"Gateway is well positioned to embrace and support Wisconsin's new mechatronics apprenticeship program. Today's workers are expected deploy diagnostic skills on advanced manufacturing systems. Mechatronics training integrates mechanical, electrical and information systems to serve as a foundation for automation diagnostics," said Gateway President and CEO Bryan Albrecht.

Mechatronics Technician Registered Apprenticeship training is a 5-year program of not less than 10,000 hours, including 864 hours of related technical instruction available at Gateway and other Wisconsin technical colleges across the state starting this fall. Apprentices who successfully complete training hours and competency requirements will earn a nationally recognized industry credential and technical college credits that may be applied towards an associate's degree.

Wisconsin's nationally recognized Registered Apprenticeship program annually assists up to 2,500 employers with building customized training solutions in over 200 occupations while helping more than 11,000 new and continuing apprentices earn good-paying, family-supporting wages as they learn a high demand trade. Wisconsin was the first state in the nation to establish apprenticeship law and has continued to drive state and national workforce readiness solutions for more the 100 years. Learn more about Wisconsin's Registered Apprenticeship Program

Gateway's SC Johnson iMET Center hosts the region's first flexible manufacturing lab dedicated to training the manufacturing workforce, provides an innovative maker space at its nationally known Fab Lab and serves as the center for a number of Gateway academic programs. Learn more about Gateway's SC Johnson iMET Center