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 (Pilot)
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.

Program Summary & Curriculum
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.

Year One      Year Two
Leadership Awareness & Safety      Conflict Resolution
Micro-Computers      Math for Technology
Applied Writing      PLC II
PLC Level I      Maintenance Installation and Repair
Blue Print Reading      Client Relations
Leadership Teamwork/Professional Ethics      Technical Writing for English
Discrete Math      Electrical 3 & 4
Electrical 1 & 2      Business Basics
Introduction to Robotics      Data Tasking, Email and Collaboration
Customer Service, Sales and Skills      Mechanical: Fluid, Hydraulics, Pneumatics and Power Transmission
Quality Assurance


Information Sessions
Leading up to the program, three information sessions are being hosted for prospective participants – one session for each school, and all three attended by all companies involved in the partnership.