Mechatronics Apprenticeship Program

The long-term success of the Greater New Orleans region is predicated on our ability to expand and sustain a skilled workforce available to our region’s growing industry sectors. Using a demand-driven workforce development approach, GNO, Inc. works closely with employers and higher education institutions to promote collaboration that would help grow and sustain the regional talent pipeline.

Mechatronics Apprenticeship Training Program
In an unprecedented partnership, three companies and three two-year colleges – Laitram, McCormick, Elmer Chocolate, Delgado Community College, Northshore Technical Community College and Nunez Community College – have come together to develop a pilot mechatronics apprenticeship program as a way to address the shortage of mechatronics workers in advanced manufacturing jobs.

The program will teach the fundamentals of mechatronics, a field that incorporates mechanics, electronics, and computer science with manufacturing to increase efficiency.

Mechatronics Apprenticeship Information Session

Program Summary

The Mechatronics Apprenticeship Training Program’s curriculum is designed to enhance and prepare the apprentice to be fully qualified in multiple aspects of advanced manufacturing technology. The two-year commitment will provide both technical classroom instruction and on-the-job training using an earn-while-you-learn model with training costs covered completely by the employer.

Once assigned to an employer, apprentices will earn a paycheck while learning on-the-job. Apprentices will alternate between eight weeks of classroom work and eight weeks at their chosen company for the duration of the program. Participants in the program will gain experience in a wide range of core competencies including motor controls, basic machining (mill, lathe, drilling, tapping, etc.), blueprint reading, functions of electrical and electronic systems, plus much more.

GNO, Inc. and the program partners are currently recruiting companies for the Mechatronics Apprenticeship program. If you are an employer or company interested in learning more about this unique workforce opportunity, please reach out to Osmar Padilla, Program Manager, at [email protected].

Application Process

Below is a timeline of events for the next cohort:

  • April 2022: Apprenticeship Applications Open
  • May 2022: Interview Process
  • June 2022: Employer Assessment Process
  • July 2022: Apprenticeship Signing Ceremony
  • August 2022: Cohort 4 Classes Begin

Applications for the 2022 cohort are now closed.

Information Sessions

We are excited to open recruitment for the next class of mechatronics apprentices!

You can attend the following information session to learn more about the program and application process:


Delgado Community College

Elmer Chocolate


Northshore Technical Community College

Nunez Community College


Photo Galleries

GNO Mechatronics Apprenticeship Program Cohort 1 Signing Ceremony

GNO Mechatronics Apprenticeship Program Cohort 1 Presentations at Delgado Community College

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GNO Mechatronics Apprenticeship Program Cohort 1 Presentations at Northshore Technical Community College

GNO Mechatronics Apprenticeship Program Cohort 2 Signing Ceremony

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GNO Mechatronics Apprenticeship Program Cohort 2 Presentations at Northshore Technical Community College

Media & Recap Videos

Mechatronics Commercial for WGNO

Mechatronics Recap from WGNO

GNO Mechatronics Apprenticeship Program Cohort 1 Presentations at Delgado Community College

Mechatronics Signing Ceremony on Great Day Louisiana

Mechatronics Mobile Lab

Mechatronics Mobile Lab

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If you’re interested in using the Mechatronics Mobile Lab, please contact:

Charles Crabtree
Northshore Technical Community College
[email protected]

Interest Form

Interested in learning more about the Mechatronics Apprenticeship Program? Let us know!