MODERN MACHINE SHOP: Autocam Medical’s Earn-While-You-Learn Apprenticeship Program Addresses CNC Machinist Shortage
Autocam Medical, a global contract manufacturer of precision surgical and medical components and devices, presented 11 students with certificates of completion for their CNC Machinist Apprentice Program during a ceremony at the AMP Lab at Western Michigan University in Grand Rapids.
The year-round program is said to require students to complete over 700 hours of classroom instruction over a period of 90 weeks.
Apprentices are employed by Autocam Medical and maintain a full work schedule during the training period. In addition to CNC machinist certification, the coursework also covers the necessary schooling required by the Federal Department of Labor for students to receive a certified Journeyman card and puts them on the path to receive an associate degree.