Industrial Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship

In the modern advanced manufacturing economy, most production workers, including those on the frontlines, need more than the basic skills that were required in previous decades. To meet demands for quality and safety in a workforce where experienced employees are aging out and new talent is hard to find, employers need to attract and train the skilled workers who will grow this critical sector of the U.S. economy.

The Industrial Manufacturing Technician (IMT) Apprenticeship meets these needs by helping employers and unions fulfill the growing need for skilled advanced manufacturing production workers. The IMT is a nationally recognized apprenticeship registered with the U.S. Department of Labor that trains front-line manufacturing production workers in skills manufacturers look for—in settings as diverse as food processing, foundries, plastics and bio-medical production.

Employers participate by identifying skill requirements for your company, hiring new workers or selecting current workers as apprentices, and providing mentors to deliver on-the-job learning.
Workforce development agencies can work with intermediaries, employers and unions to place workers in apprenticeship positions that provide on-the-job-learning and formal education in basic and specialized manufacturing skills.
Apprentices gain on-the-job-learning in the critical manufacturing work processes and related tasks and participate in formal education and assessments, preparing them for career advancement opportunities in the manufacturing industry.
Unions work with employers to build a systematic approach to address the education and training needs of entry-level and frontline manufacturing workers and union members.

What Is the IMT?

The IMT hybrid registered apprenticeship provides production workers with the knowledge and competencies needed in the advanced manufacturing environment.

The 18-month or 3,000-hour apprenticeship trains workers to:

• Set up, operate, monitor, and control production equipment;
• Help improve manufacturing processes and schedules to meet customer requirements;
• Understand manufacturing as a business system that integrates multiple disciplines, processes, and stakeholders;
• Efficiently and safely manage time and materials.