Curriculum includes lessons on fasteners and anchors, craft-related mathematics, pumps and drivers, valves, construction drawings and material handling and hand rigging — and that’s just the first year.
Each of the four years is designed to incorporate 144 hours of classroom instruction as well as 2,000 hours of on-the-job training — the equivalent of a standard work year at Dilling, said Easley.
Apprentices are paid standard rates for their work, with first-year participants earning a minimum of $10 per hour. The scale rises to a minimum $18 per hour by the fourth year. And that’s just the minimum, Easley said.
Students, however, will also pay their way through the college classes. The cost per year is estimated at about $3,000, according to Ivy Tech staff.
“The big benefit,” Easley emphasized, “is that the cost to them may be $3,000, but they’re going to be working.”
Program details: The Industrial Maintenance Mechanic Technician Program includes: • 576 hours of classroom instruction over four years • 8,000 hours of on-the-job training • Adheres to standards from the National Center for Construction Education and Research • May count toward an associate degree Application deadline is July 24 and the program starts Aug. 19 To learn about the application process, call Jim Saylor or Steve Easley at 574-753-3182 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.