“CNC Machining is a skilled trade where women and people of color are often underrepresented”, says Dan Kendall Executive Vice President and lifelong machinist.
The apprentice at 313 Industries works part-time while in high school and then they are offered the opportunity to enter the program full-time while a college student. This allows the apprentice the ability to see firsthand what a career in machining entails. It also gives 313 Industries the opportunity to assess important traits like work ethic, integrity and aptitude.
The typical day for an apprentice at 313 Industries is arriving for work at 5:45 in the morning. After working for several hours, they head over to the Applied Technologies Department at Macomb Community College for classes. After classes, the apprentice returns to complete their workday.
“Cierra is one of our hardest workers, I’m so proud of her”, says Dr. Rita Fields, CEO
313 Industries pays for all tuition, books and supplies. 313 Industries continues to pay the apprentice even during their time in class. Further, should the apprentice show interest in continuing their education, 313 Industries will offer up to 100% tuition reimbursement for completion of certain engineering degree programs.