PTM Corporation continues to show commitment to the local community by investing in the people of St. Clair County, Michigan. By involving themselves in education programs they not only gain a fantastic reputation, but they also improve the quality of life of those in their community. Through their Journeyman program, they are pushing their involvement even further. Keep reading to find out more about this program.
What Is the Journeyman Program
Created through the joined efforts of Jim Boelstler, Paul Hafer, John Tucker, the Journeyman program is an educational investment in the surrounding community. Boelstler is the Tooling Engineer at Modified Technologies, Hafer is the former plant manager at PTM’s Plant One production facility, Tucker is the Director of Human Resources for PTM Corporation and Modified Technologies. The men started this program to identify skilled labor with qualifications and experience in tool and die making.
The Journeyman program is a four-year program that requires 8,000 hours of on the job learning experience, ranging from blueprint reading and shop math to machining and die build. In an interview, John Tucker said, “It’s a pretty comprehensive program very effective in its ability to develop somebody from beginning to end.” PTM knows that working and taking courses can be challenging, that’s why they tried to make the schedule flexible. Offering the classes at night allows you to take them at your leisure. It also gives you the ability to work towards your goal during the day with more hands-on credit because you’re actually in the shop.
Altogether, the program comes to about five online hours a week, which gets paid by the corporation. After graduating, there is a tuition reimbursement commitment that is expected depending on how long you stay with PTM Corporation. For example, if you leave within one year of completing the training, they ask that you repay the full tuition. However, if you continue with the company for 12-24 months they only ask that you repay half of it. Again, if you stay on for 24-36 months, you’re only asked to repay a quarter of it. Generally, it’s a 3-year commitment, after three years you are kind of free and clear.
Who Can Apply
According to Tucker, the program involves rigorous testing that includes situational questions. These questions address what the applicant would do in hypothetical scenarios, to see if they match up. While they don’t score the test, it does determine if you are a good fit for the program expectations. The program also administers a math test upon application, as well as a special reasoning test, and a mechanical reasoning test; all of which receive a score.
According to John Tucker, “It’s not that [the applicants] are expected to know that, but it’s more of a problem solving, which is key to what we’re looking for. We also look at education and experience levels, but these two things are not key to getting in. Anybody could apply, it wouldn’t even matter if you’ve worked in a shop. We just want to see the ability to learn and the right attitude.” The applicant’s strongest commitment to this program is that they’re committed to PTM as a whole. Showing up with a great attitude, listening, and ready to learn is extremely important.
What Will This Program Do for You
Going through this program can do a lot for people, especially for their wages. Usually, most people start out at $12-14 an hour depending on their experience level. However, a review gets held every six months, based on their completion of the online portion and the job learning. If they match up with the standards needed, they receive a wage increase, which could put them earning up to $22 an hour. The experience gained is immeasurable. All of the hands-on training comes at no cost to you. PTM guarantees no less than 8,000 hours in a 4-year period which comes out to about 2,000 hours per year, and over time averages into that as well.
How to Learn More About the Journeyman Program
To learn more about the Journeyman program, contact John Tucker directly, at jtucker@PTMcorporation.com, or call his office at (586)725-2733. Tucker firmly believes in this program. He wants to personally speak to anyone strong enough to ask for consideration into the program. If you find yourself waiting for the apprenticeship to open up, Tucker can help you get moving. You could get into a position at PTM Corporation and then go from there.
According to John Tucker, PTM is looking to create several other apprenticeships within the coming months such as toolmaker apprentice, model maker apprentice, foresight apprentice, design apprentice and estimating apprentice. Tucker says “When we do this, PTM will benefit from these things but so will the industry. We’ve got to look out for manufacturing in the state, especially in St. Clair County.”