FMC Technologies and Central Tech launch student internship program
Posted by Communications/Media Relations at 9/22/2014 3:10:00 PM
ERIE, Pa. (September 22, 2014) — FMC Technologies, Inc., a leading global provider of technology solutions for the energy industry, and Erie's Central Career and Technical School have launched a student manufacturing training program in welding and machine technologies.
Under the training agreement, participating students at Central Tech will study welding or machine technologies for their first three years at Central Tech and then be eligible for advanced paid training at FMC Technologies, 1602 Wagner Avenue, as a senior.
The program launched in September with two students involved in the pilot — one employed as a student welder and the other working as a student machinist. The students are working alongside experienced, qualified employees and receive one-on-one, hands-on training while also working to complete their industry competency task list as required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
Once the students successfully complete their internship program, they will be considered for full-time employment at FMC Technologies immediately upon graduation with a competitive earning potential.
While participating in the program, students complete their academic work in the morning at Central Tech and work at FMC Technologies in the afternoon.
"We see this initiative as critical to our success in growing our business and adding to our manufacturing footprint in Erie," said Jim Ertl, vice president and general manager of the measurement products business for FMC Technologies’ operation in Erie. "To coordinate a skills-based machining and welding program to fuel our increasing needs with Erie's Public Schools aligns perfectly with our forecasted growth and allows us to retain our manufacturing excellence here."
FMC Technologies and Central Tech hope to expand the program to offer the opportunity to more students in future years.
"This is a tremendous opportunity for our school to partner with FMC Technologies and offer students on-site training in machining and welding from experienced employees in an outstanding work environment," said Mathew Pundt, director of career and technical education for Erie's Public Schools. "The students are also working with advanced manufacturing machines and tools and will be preparing for future career employment opportunities at FMC Technologies or elsewhere."
FMC Technologies has also provided funding to purchase 40 licenses for ToolingU, an online manufacturing training program that Central Tech students will use to learn skills that can be applied to their hands-on training.
The Central Tech partnership complements FMC Technologies’ already established intern program with local universities, which extends into all disciplines of the company's business and has been in place since 2002. The company currently has more than 30 interns on staff.
"We believe this program can be expanded to our supply chain and other local manufacturers facing the same critical shortages, added Ertl. "I commend the leadership of our local and international union (UAW Local 714) for not only supporting this program but leading its implementation. Superintendent Badams and his staff have also been true business partners in developing our co-operative efforts to train and employ our next generation of workers."