100 Apprentices launch new year in TMA Skills Training

SCHAUMBURG – This week, the Technology & Manufacturing Association’s Training & Education Department launched another year of preparing a new generation of skilled manufacturers. An even 100 apprentices will be taking TMA classes this fall – paid for by their employers. 

Brian Coglianese is teaching Print Reading to 36 students entering their first year of TMA’s 3-year Related Theory Training Course. 

Thursday evening, Ryan Johnson started second year training for those specializing in Tool & Die Making. 

“We are excited about the 100 students training for careers in moldmaking, tool & die and CNC programming,” Training & Education Senior Director Jack Krikorian told TMANews.com Friday morning. 

TMA’s 3-year Related Theory Apprentice Program totals 504 hours of classroom instruction, 168 hours per year. TMA currently offers three tracks: Tool and Die, Mold Making, and CNC programming. 

The TMA Related Theory Apprentice Training Program has been assisting member companies in training their apprentices for over 75 years.  The vast majority of those training with TMA are employees with TMA’s membership of small and midsized manufacturers.

One of the largest, most recognized precision metalworking apprenticeship programs in the United States, TMA’s apprenticeship training is designed so students can work during the day and attend classes in the evening from 6 pm to 9pm. 

All TMA instructors have a minimum of 10 years in the industry. They continue their careers during the day and teach TMA classes in the evenings. 

For more information on registering for TMA’s renowned apprenticeship classes, visit https://www.tmaillinois.org/related-theory-apprentice-training.html 

In addition, TMA works directly with several area high schools to advance interest among high schoolers in manufacturing, as the video below explains: