OCC, Feldmeier team up for paid apprenticeship program

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There is a great opportunity to not only land a job, but a career with a top manufacturer in the Syracuse area.

Feldmeier is teaming up with Onondaga Community College to offer an Apprenticeship Accelerator Career Training Program. 

The manufacturer is in dire need of trained workers to keep up with demand for the company’s products.

Feldmeier Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Dave Pollock, says, “Right now, we could add 50 people to this facility tomorrow if they were trained and able to do the work required.”

Over the course of 10-weeks, program participants will be trained for positions including welder and metal refinisher. Students will be paid during the program.

Those who successfully complete the coursework will enter into a 4-year apprenticeship. 

The starting pay post-training will be $13 an hour and includes built-in, merit based pay increases throughout the apprenticeship. 

Pollock tells NewsChannel 9, “These are manufacturing jobs with healthcare and 401k and a benefits program that we say are not jobs they are careers.”

The company has just doubled its space by constructing a brand new facility a few miles from the original location.

Mike Metzgar, the Associate Vice President of Economic and Workforce Development at OCC,  says, “They have a lot of specialized process that only they do so this was a really neat hybridized model, so them with our good friends at MACNY we jumped right on the opportunity.”

A total of 15 students will be selected to do their apprenticeships at Feldmeier Equipment which makes stainless steel processing equipment for a wide range of businesses including those specializing in pharmaceuticals, biotech and cosmetics along with brewers, food, dairy, and beverage processing facilities.

William Cullen, Workforce Instructor for Manufacturing at OCC, says, “This is probably one of the best things this area is doing right now and to see the development and solid foundation Feldmeier has to offer, we need a lot more of this happening.”

Training begins in October and runs through January.

Pollock adds, “All we’re looking for is a willingness to learn, a work ethic and somebody that wants a career and not a job.”

Anyone interested in a career in manufacturing is encouraged to register for an information session by clicking here.

The info session will be held Wednesday, September 26 from 6-9 p.m. at Storer Auditorium on the OCC campus.

Candidates must be present to be considered.

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