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Components Technology, 2015-10-06, 06:00 PM

ThyssenKrupp Presta Camshaft Mechatronics Apprenticeship Program Earns U.S. Department of Labor Accreditation

Mechatronics Apprenticeship Builds on Highly-Successful Youth Apprenticeship Program

DANVILLE, Ill. (October 6, 2015) – ThyssenKrupp Presta Camshafts in Danville, Illinois has earned a certificate of accreditation by the U.S. Department of Labor for its Mechatronics Apprenticeship program. Mechatronics is a multidisciplinary technical field which is responsible for repairing, installing and testing electronic and mechanical equipment.

“ThyssenKrupp is proud to work with our community partners in Vermilion County to achieve this accreditation,” said Mario Gropp, President, ThyssenKrupp Presta Camshafts. “The Mechatronics Apprenticeship is our latest milestone and extends our efforts to develop future industry leaders by investing in the Danville area workforce.”

Developed in conjunction with Danville Area Community College (DACC), the 8,000 hour (four-year) Mechatronics Apprenticeship program is designed to develop multi-craft technicians with industry-skills training who will be recognized nation-wide.

“We have an ongoing challenge recruiting and preparing young people for careers in advanced manufacturing,” said Scott Eisenhauer, Mayor, City of Danville. “The Department of Labor accreditation is a strong incentive for Danville area students because their work will be recognized nation-wide.”

The Mechatronics Apprenticeship enables people interested in a manufacturing career to gain hands-on shop floor skills such as learning how to design and build a mechanical prototype. The Mechatronics Apprenticeship program also includes 550 hours of related instruction at DACC.

The program is the second phase of ThyssenKrupp’s apprenticeship strategy to design programs based on the German apprenticeship model and develop future talent within ThyssenKrupp companies. Led by Donnie Robinson, ThyssenKrupp’s apprenticeship programs also serve as community outreach initiatives to advocate advanced manufacturing.

Three years ago, ThyssenKrupp Presta Danville teamed up with its sister company in Danville, ThyssenKrupp Crankshaft Company, to develop phase one of the strategy, the Youth Apprenticeship Program.

“ThyssenKrupp is strongly invested in a variety of sustainability programs. But, the scarcity of one resource, the skilled human resource, continues to burden manufacturing companies throughout North America, particularly here in Danville,” said Gropp. “Partnering with our community’s workforce development efforts is the foundation which ensures the sustainable success of our community and our workforce both today and in the future.”

ThyssenKrupp Presta Danville and ThyssenKrupp Crankshaft have partnered with several local entities to build the two apprenticeship programs including The Vermilion Advantage, Danville Area Community College and county high schools. A dual-credit pathway for high school students, developed by these groups offers a broad range of programs from nursing to manufacturing. These courses focus on vocational training to prepare students for entering the workforce upon high school graduation and are the keystone on which ThyssenKrupp’s apprenticeship programs are built.

To date, 26 students have participated in the Youth Apprenticeship program which began in 2013. Two apprentices are participating in this year’s pilot Mechatronics program.

About ThyssenKrupp North America

ThyssenKrupp is a diversified industrial group with traditional strengths in materials and a growing share of capital goods and services businesses. Over 155,000 employees in nearly 80 countries work with passion and technological expertise to develop high-quality products and intelligent industrial processes and services for sustainable progress. Their skills and commitment are the basis of our success. In fiscal year 2013/2014 ThyssenKrupp generated sales of around €41 billion.

In North America, ThyssenKrupp oversees more than 40 companies in the United States, Canada and México. In fiscal year 2013/2014, ThyssenKrupp generated sales of approximately €9 billion in the region, accounting for about 22% of the Group’s total sales. This makes the region the Group’s biggest sales market after Germany and other member countries of the European Union. For more information about ThyssenKrupp in North America, visit the TKNA web site.

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