Fullerton College Machine Technology Program Partnership with CTMAA
The manufacturing industry supports nearly 17.2 million jobs in the United States and offers a wide range of careers and opportunities. More often than not, positions within the manufacturing industry require leaving your pant or dress suit at home, rolling up your sleeves and tossing on a hard hat. However, it doesn’t mean you must have a background or interest in just the areas of supply chain, production, industrial engineering, or others alike, to build a career in the manufacturing environment. A large part of the success within manufacturing is having the full team – those excited to roll up their sleeves and work on the production floor, and also those who are passionate to support other behind-the-scenes responsibilities, like accounting, human resources and information systems.
Over the years, increased global competition has reinforced the need to continuously pursue improvement in all of the areas that help run a manufacturing facility. Within Fullerton College’s Technology and Engineering division and other divisions, we offer training and continuing education opportunities to not only stay ahead of the innovation curve, but to develop our students into the industry’s top talent.
In March 2021 to support our students and employers, the Fullerton College Machine Technology program embarked upon a partnership with the California Tooling and Machining Apprenticeship Association (CTMAA). This partnership will enable apprentices from various participating companies in the machining trade to obtain their journeypersons card from the State of California.
What is Apprenticeship?
A registered apprenticeship is a voluntary partnership between an Employer and one or more employees who receive on-the-job training, employer-paid schooling and supervision by a qualified and experienced ‘expert’ machinist. “Registered” apprenticeships are approved by and certificates are awarded by the State of California and the US Department of Labor.
Registered Apprenticeships are required to have an Apprenticeship Committee to determine wage and skills standards, represent the training needs of all their industry employers – and to assure equal access, quality of instruction and determine standards for the certification of apprentices for graduation – as Journeypersons of their designated job (trade). CTMAA is a Unilateral Apprenticeship Committee (“UAC”) for the State of California. That means we are certified by the California Division of Apprentice Standards (“DAS”) -on a statewide basis- to:
- Establish and Certify Training and Curriculum Standards
- Keep Legal Records of Apprentice Academic and Performance Attainment
- Survey Merit-shop Employers to Determine Appropriate Wage Levels
- Conduct Recruiting and Outreach to Colleges, Schools and the Public
- Serve as Advocates for both Apprentices and Employers
- Receive Employment Training Panel (“ETP”) Funds from California, on Behalf of Employers
A regular (Machinist) Apprenticeship is 8,000 Hours On-the-Job supervised training from the designated skill standard plus approximately 576 Hours of an approved College Certificate
An entry-level candidate with good mechanical aptitude, reasonable math and language skills, working full time and taking class one or two nights (or a Saturday) per week for 2 Semesters per year will complete our program in four years — all the while earning an increasing wage as his or her skills increase — and not incur college debt!
The Fullerton College Machine Technology program is certified by CTMAA and can provide you with all the courses required to obtain your Machinist Journeyperson card.
If apprenticeship is not something you want or something that an employer wants to pursue then you may take courses separately (day and evening) and obtain a variety of certificates and degrees in the manufacturing area which include (but are not limited to) the following:
- Machine Technology Level I Certificate
- Machine Technology Level II Certificate
- CNC Operator Certificate
- CNC Certificate
- Metrology Certificate
- Metrology Mini Skills Certificate
- Mastercam Skills Certificate
- Surfcam Skills Certificate
- Swiss Lathe Certificate
- Manufacturing Technology Associate Degree
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