Dofasco Inc.'s Apprenticeship Technician Program: Maintaining the New Machines (1998)

Dofasco, a steel company based in Hamilton, Ontario, established the Apprenticeship Technician Program to help employees learn the skills they need to maintain ever more technically sophisticated equipment.

Prior to launching the program, Dofasco consulted with more than 70 trades, supervisors, educators, and suppliers to identify the skills that future tradespeople will require. Once the necessary skills were identified, Dofasco teamed up with Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology and the Ontario government to create the Apprenticeship Technician Program.

The program blends a traditional four-year workplace apprenticeship program with a two-year college technician certificate program to produce a new four-year apprentice technician program. The program produces technicians who have engineering related skills, and occupy an intermediate position between maintenance employees and technologists.

Over four years, employees attend college for four semesters; undertake four work terms at Dofasco; and attend three trade school sessions of eight to 10 weeks in length.

Prospective apprentice-technicians must have at least a Grade 12 education; a basic aptitude for mathematics and mechanics; good reading comprehension; and knowledge of spatial relations.

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Michael R. Bloom, Kurtis Kitagawa and Penny Brady. Dofasco Inc.'s Apprenticeship Technician Program: Maintaining the New Machines 1998. Web. 5 Dec. 2020 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/cboc/employability_skills/dofasco_inc_apprenticeship/dofasco_inc_apprenticeship.pdf>
Michael R. Bloom, Kurtis Kitagawa & Penny Brady (1998). Dofasco Inc.'s Apprenticeship Technician Program: Maintaining the New Machines. Retrieved December 5, 2020, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/cboc/employability_skills/dofasco_inc_apprenticeship/dofasco_inc_apprenticeship.pdf
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