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Our Apprenticeship Programs

Discover our selection of five cutting-edge apprenticeship programs, each meticulously crafted to provide participants with an immersive learning experience.

 

With over 6,000 hours of hands-on training in real-world environments and more than 600 hours of specialized technical instruction in the classroom, our programs set the standard for comprehensive skill development

Mechatronics Technician

With their combined mechanical and electrical skills, MTs are responsible in installing and maintaining state-of-the-art equipment. Their skills are in high demand in any kind of 4.0 Industries.

Polymer Process Technician

Polymer Technician combines mechatronics with polymer certification for plastics, including extrusion, blow mold, injection molding.

Sales Engineer

As technical experts and a sense for customer interaction, sales engineer form a bridge between the customer and the engineering department

CAD/CAM Technical Designer

Technical Designers are at the start of all product design and advanced manufacturing processes today. They have extensive knowledge of software programs to produce complex, detailed digital assets, surface and solid models and more.

EV Automotive Technician

First Cohort starts Fall 2024

  • How can the GACC Pittsburgh Chapter assist you?
    Our services include consulting, organization and quality assurance for apprenticeship programs according to German standards. Program Development & Management Train the Trainer Courses & AdA-International Certification DIHK certification of new and existing programs Advice regarding new in-house programs Recruiting of qualified students and applicants Preparation and execution of IHK examinations
  • The German Factor
    As Pittsburgh Chapter of the German American Chamber of Commerce we are directly connected to the German IHK (Chamber of Industry and Commerce) and therefore have access to a pool of 360 state-of-the-art Apprenticeship modules that have been established in Germany for decades. With adapting the Dual Apprenticeship program we include the skills and competencies required from the German IHK for the job profiles and modified them into 2.5 year programs to make them a better fit for the companies in the American market.
  • Company-first Approach
    Since our Apprenticeship program is highly company-oriented, it is our goal to fully understand your business and the required skill set for your workforce. With that in mind we can adjust the program’s curriculum to guarantee a workforce tailored to your company needs with apprentices that will have a leg up on their competition, since they receive hands-on experience while simultaneously learning theory.
  • What is the education component of an apprenticeship?
    For Mechatronics: Apprentices will attend community college courses that are integrated with the On the Job training. The core courses include a 30-35 credit Mechatronics certification, with courses in Electricity, Mechanics, Motor Controls, Pneumatics, Hydraulics, Robotics, Programming Logic Controls (PLCs), Power Distribution. The Associate’s Degree will continue with advanced courses in these areas with the ability to specialize for a variety of industries and careers. Depending on the community college, the Certification and Associates Degree program can be found under Mechatronics, Robotics Technician, or Applied Technology. For Polymers: Apprentices will attend community college courses that are integrated with the On the Job training. The core courses include a 30-35 credit certification in Mechatronics with a second certification in Polymers, which focuses on basic polymer chemistry, safety, troubleshooting and quality control methods. The Associate’s Degree will continue with advanced courses in these areas with the ability to specialize for a variety of industries and careers. For CAD/CAM Technical Designer: Apprentices will attend community college courses that are integrated with the On the Job training. The coursework will be an Associate’s Degree in Computer Aided Drafting and Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing and (or also knowns as Computer Aided Design Technology). Courses include Technical Drafting, Introduction to Design, Materials, and Processes, Math for Technologies, Computer Numerical Control, 3D Solid Modeling, Materials, Machining, Technical Communication. For Sales Engineering: Apprentices will attend community college courses that are integrated with the On the Job training. The coursework will be an Associate’s Degree in Business, with a Sales Engineering Certification. Apprentices will take core business courses as well as 20-25 credits of technical electives, specifically designed for the industry and technology of employment.
  • Registered with the PA Dept. of Labor and Industry
    All of our Apprenticeship Programs are registered by the State of Pennsylvania’s Department of Labor and Industry and have been approved by the Pennsylvania Apprenticeship and Training Council and the Federal Committee on Apprenticeship. Because of that, the GACC Pittsburgh Chapter, is eligible to issue journeyworker paper upon completion of the Apprenticeship program.
  • Grants and funding
    With our broad network and contacts to the PA State Department of Labor and Industry and other county workforce development boards we are always looking for additional funding to minimize the investment on the company side. Those grants can help pay the apprentices tuition fees and their wages.

Apprentice Testimonials

In this program I have found that the comradery and the experience you gain is priceless. It has also given me the ability to find a company that I am happy with and that they are happy with the work I do. I plan on going as far as I can both in my career and investing in the knowledge of the my company and their products.

Wayne Clark

Sales Engineer Apprentice

Leybold USA, Inc.

Things like the program don't happen everyday and the fact that there are chances like this that can help people explore a lifelong career that will be around for the foreseeable future are what makes it special. 

William Beverlin

Mechatronics Apprentice

Ensinger Inc.

With the apprenticeship program offered by the GACC I am able to still work full time and earn a degree in mechatronics simultaneously. I think it would be difficult to find another career as rewarding as this for someone technically minded and with a drive to succeed. This program has elevated my life in so many ways both personally and professionally.

Daniel Ries

Mechatronic Apprentice

Wolverine Plastics

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