The program is structured around filling the industry’s need for experienced and knowledgeable injection molding processors by “training from within” the company’s existing workforce. The education and training skills are designed to help processors advance in their career and be successful leaders and innovators in the manufacturing of plastic injection molded parts.
Pennsylvania Plastics Process Technician (PPT) Apprenticeship Program
The PA Plastics Process Technician Apprenticeship Program is a collaborative effort between AIM, Penn West Clarion, and the Keystone Community Education Council. The program was started in 2018 with a new cohort of students starting each year thereafter. The program has been recognized by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry’s Apprenticeship and Training Office by awarding it the 2019 Outstanding Group Apprenticeship Program Award.
Companies interested in the program should contact Lance Hummer at the Keystone Community Education Council at 814-677-4427 to inquire about funding and how to enroll their workforce.
The program includes over 340 hours of classroom and hands-on learning, coupled with 4,000 of On-The-Job training. Courses include:
- OSHA-30 (includes Certification)
- Plastic Materials
- Core Math
- Mold Design
- Molding 1: Process Start-up & Replication
- Quality Systems
- Molding Math
- Molding 2: Process Development & Documentation
Next cohort for the PA Plastics Process Technician (PPT) Apprenticeship Program coming soon.
Who should attend
If you have an employee in your organization with a willingness to learn injection molding processing, or someone who wants to advance their knowledge and job performance in injection molding, you have a candidate for the PPT Apprenticeship Program.
Students do not need to have prior experience in injection molding processing. Those skills will be learned throughout the 2-year apprenticeship, thus allowing them to continue and grow their career in the plastics industry. They only need to come with an open mind and willingness to learn.
PPT Apprenticeship Program cost
Grant funding is available.