Illinois BIS On-Site Apprenticeship Certificate Programs

According to the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the skilled worker gap continues to grow and the shortage is most prevalent in high-tech jobs.  As journeymen and managers retire, there is a growing need for organizations to develop a highly skilled workforce.  Is your company prepared?

Illinois BIS’s on-site Apprenticeship Certificate Programs are customized and designed to be a part of your company’s succession-planning strategy.  These competency-based, comprehensive training programs are hands-on, will significantly improve the technical skills of your employees, and will be sustainable into the future.

Apprenticeship Certificates include:

Maintenance Professional

Participants develop the diverse knowledge and skill requirements needed for maintaining and troubleshooting modern Manufacturing and Processing equipment. Thorough knowledge in all technical fields related to equipment maintenance, as well as contemporary strategies used to manage plant assets, are gained through this program.

Process Improvement Specialist

Prepare your employees for leading roles in manufacturing operations.  Working with performance and quality metrics, participants will solve problems related to manufacturing processes and equipment. Discrepancies in quality and performance are evaluated in terms of equipment condition and process parameters; participants use safe work practices and acquired knowledge to formulate and execute creative solutions.

Machining Technician

Participants gain a broad background of machining processes including milling, turning, CNC, metrology and quality assurance. All the skills machining technicians need are included, from operating the machine to set-up of tooling and fixtures to quality inspection. Also taught are tasks such as maintaining machines and recording SPC. Participants learn to be prepared to adapt to a variety of modern machining occupations.

Welding Technician

Participants learn skills and knowledge necessary in the field of welding technology, including a high skill level competence in a variety of welding processes including SMAW, GMAW, FCAW, AAC, OFC, brazing and GTAW.  Course participants will become uniquely qualified to meet virtually any welding technology demand on the job.

The objective of the Illinois BIS Manufacturing Apprenticeship Certificate Programs is to fill gaps in the skills and knowledge of current and newly hired maintenance technicians. We customize the curriculum as desired and build up to the certificate at your employees’ own pace.  Below are the steps to develop and deliver the programs.

Step 1 – Analysis

BIS works with training and maintenance personnel to analyze the training needs of the maintenance workforce and design programs based on the specific job performance needs of the maintenance department. A training needs analysis determines the appropriate levels and methods of training for the particular certificate program.

Step 2 – Assessment

Assessing employees’ current skills levels makes it possible to identify the skill level of the individual so that an appropriate training plan can be developed and establish a benchmark from which subsequent training can be measured.

Step 3 – Curriculum Design

Training curriculum design is the second step in the systematic approach to developing a program. Curriculum design is the process of using data acquired during the analysis phase to specify where and how the tasks, skills, and knowledge identified during the job and task analysis are incorporated in a training program.

Job performance measures are evaluation documents based on the job task data. After job performance measures are developed, training settings are determined. Once the training settings have been determined, a training plan is written that prescribes the overall direction of the training program.

Step 4 – Training

The classroom and lab portions of this program consist of courses conducted on a schedule that meets the needs of the facility. Courses cover specific topic areas. These topics incorporate plant-specific equipment and instrumentation as practical examples.

Step 5 – Evaluation

Post-assessments include written portions to assess knowledge retention and practical performance portions to determine skills attainment. Assessments are conducted and graded, and a report with recommendations is delivered by BIS instructor/administrator.

On-the-job assignments for each module include actual job performance under the supervision of an experienced maintenance technician.

To learn more about the Illinois BIS customized apprenticeship programs, contact us.

Kevin Hogan
Vice President, Training Programs