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PMMI publishes guidelines for Mechatronics Apprenticeships

December 4, 2014 - PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, announced today that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has approved its mechatronics certificate tests as the foundation for mechatronics technician apprenticeships around the country. Created by PMMI and the Industrial Maintenance Training Center of North America (IMTC), Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in cooperation with the Employment and Training Administration of the DOL, the formal guidelines will be listed under the occupation of “mechatronics technician.”

PMMI’s mechatronics certificates are nationally portable, industry-accepted, third-party credentials endorsed by the National Association of Manufacturers’ Skills Certification System.

Unlike typical, time-based apprenticeships, the competency-based mechatronics apprenticeship program is structured around achieving competency in specific skills.

“Employers can use the new apprenticeship guidelines as part of a formal, DOL-registered apprenticeship program or as a structure for their internal programs,” says Maria Ferrante, vice president, Education & Workforce Development, PMMI. “The guidelines provide manufacturers a clear roadmap leading to a skilled workforce and established career paths not just in packaging and processing, but for any U.S. manufacturer. “Companies can partner with local community colleges to deliver the curriculum to apprentices.”

Mechatronics is the synergistic application of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, control engineering and computer science in the manufacturing environment. Mechatronics technicians use their skills and knowledge to maintain and repair high tech equipment ultimately leading to higher productivity and lower downtime for manufacturers.

“Creating a world-class workforce is the focus of the Industrial Maintenance Training Center of North America. Mechatronics technicians, in particular, require advanced, multi-disciplinary skills and knowledge. We see apprenticeship as the perfect way to blend the skills that are developed using curriculum from training providers and on-the-job training provided by the employer,” says Scott Sheely, executive director, IMTC. "The PMMI certificates are the gold standard for verifying these skills, a key function in competency-based apprenticeships, and PMMI has been a key partner in getting to where we are today.”

About PMMI
PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, is a trade association representing over 650 packaging and processing supply chain companies that provide a full range of packaging and processing machinery, materials, components and containers. PMMI actively brings buyers and sellers together through programs and events such as the PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows, packexpo.com, PMMI organizes the PACK EXPO trade shows: PACK EXPO International, Pharma EXPO, co-located with PACK EXPO International and presented jointly with the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE); PACK EXPO Las Vegas, PACK EXPO East, EXPO PACK México and EXPO PACK Guadalajara, connecting participants in the packaging and processing supply chain with their customers around the world. Coming Up: PACK EXPO East, debuting Feb. 16–18, 2015 (Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia); EXPO PACK Guadalajara 2015, March 10–12 (Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico); EXPO PACK México 2015, June 16–19 (Mexico City, Mexico); PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2015 (Sept. 28-30, Las Vegas Convention Center); Pharma EXPO, co-located with PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2015.

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