APOMA’s Apprenticeship Committee is hard at work on the new Precision Optics Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship!
This apprenticeship is currently registered in New York State, with ten apprentices registered and participating at Optimax Systems (Ontario, NY). The program starts one new apprentice each quarter, on a three year rotation, and culminates in 6,000 hours of experience and 144 hours per year of related instruction at Monroe Community College (MCC) in Rochester. JML Optical (Rochester, NY) and OptiPro Systems (Ontario, NY) are also participating in the program, and we hope to have additional NYS APOMA members registered in the coming months.
Dr. Alexis Vogt from MCC (and co-chair of the APOMA Apprenticeship Committee) is also in the process of submitting a funding proposal to the Office of Naval Research, on behalf of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, for the Manufacturing Engineering Education Program, for three years of funding for a National Apprenticeship Coordinator. Look for further updates on this effort at the APOMA General Meeting at OPTIFAB 2019 in October!