8:28 AM on September 23, 2016
Stant Corporation, a leading global manufacturer of engineered vapor and fluid control components, is launching a pilot Industrial Manufacturing Technician (IMT) Apprenticeship program at its global headquarters in Connersville, Indiana in partnership with Ivy Tech Corporate College and the Labor Institute for Training (LIFT). Stant will be the first company in the state of Indiana to enroll apprentices in the IMT Apprenticeship program.
The IMT is a new occupation registered with the U.S. Department of Labor and upon completion of the program, participants are recognized journey workers. The IMT operates production-related equipment, works with manufacturing tools, and performs work processes related to a wide variety of manufacturing settings.
Eighteen current Stant associates were selected to participate and began the program the week of September 12. Over the next eighteen months, students will receive 264 hours of classroom instruction and 2,736 hours of on-the-job training. Two classes will meet weekly at the Ivy Tech Instructional Center in Connersville. The coursework covers a wide array of topics, including mathematics, safety, maintenance, Lean, and leadership.
Rick Barnett, Stant Connersville Plant Manager, said, “The IMT Apprentice program will cultivate a group of highly-skilled and knowledgeable employees who will have gained a solid understanding of the IMT occupation and will play an integral part in Stant’s success. We are proud of the eighteen individuals who have committed to this apprenticeship opportunity—for their participation in the program and their commitment to achieving tremendous personal and professional growth. The launch of this program is a testament to Stant building and sustaining a culture of training and education.”
The course curriculum includes the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) Certified Production Technician components and certification. In addition to achieving journey status after the IMT Apprentice program completion, students will also receive the Certified Production Technician (CPT) certification.
“I’m thrilled to be a part of implementing this exciting apprenticeship, which is just one example of Stant’s desire to focus on our employees, old and new, and to invest time and money in their growth as productive, valued members of the Stant team,” said Clayton Judd, Stant Human Resources Manager. “Our new apprentices will set the bar for the future of the program at Stant, and in Indiana. I certainly hope to see the IMT apprenticeship firmly installed in Stant Connersville for a very long time.”
Rob Mallory, Stant Vice President Global Operations, said, “I am very proud Stant is part of the coalition to make the IMT program available to our associates in Indiana. This is a great opportunity to strengthen the technical skills of 18 people in our Connersville manufacturing facility through this initial educational wave. Programs like this will assist in making our global operations more efficient and competitive. I would like to thank all parties involved and look forward to our continued partnership for growth.”