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Recruitment Initiative for high school and adult learners
Recruit, Train, Retain.
At KC Tech Academy (KCTA), we want to be a key partner to our industry partners by providing industry-led, world-class training and education for their advanced manufacturing workforce. Creating the workforce of tomorrow begins by creating a solid foundation. KCTA builds the foundation for workforce success by changing the way we recruit individuals new to the industry.
KCTA will work to recruit new associates, both K-12 and adults to get them excited about advanced manufacturing industries. These associates will learn the manufacturing processes and best business practices. They will learn how businesses manage and maintain a budget, the importance of quality, safety, time management, and customer satisfaction. They will learn how products and goods are produced from start to finish. And most importantly, they will learn the value of perseverance and personal accountability.
Right out of the starting gate, KCTA recruits will show an initiative and desire to learn more about advanced manufacturing. Our recruits will start careers with our partners with the knowledge and understanding of how the industry works.
At KC Tech Academy, we are replacing the traditional recruitment models. We are not interested in throwing new workers in the industry and seeing what sticks. Our recruits are entering manufacturing, wanting, and knowing how to make careers with our industry partners.
That is the KCTA difference; we take the time to train and guide our recruits to save you time, money, and frustration of doing this on your fast-paced production floor. We are not motivated by how many jobs we can fill; we are motivated by how well our training benefits the industry.
All of our Advanced Manufacturing Associates who participate in internships, apprenticeships or accept a position with an industry partner will have or be close to receiving our tier-one certification which covers these areas:
Introduction to Manufacturing Technology
Introduction to Manufacturing Processes
Introduction to Safety & Lean Manufacturing
AC / DC
Industrial Print Reading
Introduction to Metrology & SPC
Internship – Manufacturing Experience
All our Advanced Manufacturing Technicians will have certifications in our tier-one AND tier- two program that covers areas mentioned below and could quickly be ready to take on a junior maintenance or other skilled trade roles.
Automation & Control
Capstone in Advanced Manufacturing
The KC Tech Recruitment Initiative, is designed to recruit, train, and retain new to advanced manufacturing associates. Our programs will maximize recruiting and retention for our industry partners. We will build a pipeline of trained candidates for your business that will have the skills necessary to hit the ground running. They will also have the skills and passion to become an internal pipeline of candidates when openings in the high-skilled areas of your business become available. Together we can put an end to the revolving door and high turnover in manufacturing.
Join KC Tech Academy, and together we will create a 21st century manufacturing workforce built for success. While our partners focus on developing products that power the economy, KCTA will focus on building tomorrow’s advanced manufacturing workforce.
Is this a program you would be interested in participating in?
KC Tech's main goal is to provide industry-led education to build a skilled workforce in our area. Being non-profit rather than higher-education, we can be very agile with the ever-changing technology in manufacturing. We want to become the regional provider of competencies for high school programs in our area. How often do you feel we need to re-evaluate our competencies with our industry partners?
Below are competencies students can learn by attending our program. Please check those that would be beneficial for new associates in your business.
Understand OSHA standards to include electrical, Lock Out/ Tag Out, hazardous communications, personal protective equipment, machine guarding, and walking and working surfaces
Understand 5s, Lean Manufacturing, and Six Sigma
Solve real world problems using ratios, proportions, and percentages and measure and interpret data
Work in teams to solve problems and make improvements to machine and production processes
Interpret blueprints and apply layout and precision measurement skills to prepare work
Demonstrate correct use of different precision measuring instruments
Repair/replace belts, pulleys, bearings, gears, couplings, and shafts
Lubricate bearings, gears, couplings, and rotating parts
Align couplings and shafts
Troubleshoot and repair pneumatic and hydraulic systems and components
Troubleshoot AC/DC circuits
Demonstrate the operation of motor starters, overload protection, interpret ladder diagrams using pushbutton stations, troubleshoot control circuits, and understand complex motor control diagrams
Run conduit and electric wire to distribute power to point of use
Troubleshoot electric power distribution (low voltage) systems
Safely perform basic functions in the robotic work cell as well as program a robot to perform simple functions.
Program and troubleshoot PLC controls
Machine parts to rebuild/replace mechanical components and to construct new components
Demonstrate the ability to perform metal welding and cutting techniques necessary for repairing and maintaining industrial equipment
Perform preventative maintenance
Are there any additional skills that you would like to see implemented?
Our program needs to be considered a "Market-Value-Asset" for our K12 students. This, along with the availability of earning dual and/or articulated college credit will help to grow our enrollment and secure additional funding for our program. Would it be fair to say that KC Tech students having completed at least 80% of the above competencies in theory AND practical application could be offered preferential hiring in your business for production or skilled trade roles?
What type of customized training for your current workforce would you be interested in partnering with KC Tech to help with?
New employee orientations
Safety (either new employee or other areas)
Automation and Controls
None at this time
Our industry members will have first access to interview our graduates for openings within their business. This can be as a production associate or any entry level skilled trade role. Would you be interested in an industry membership with KC Tech?
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