IAM District 26’s joint apprenticeship program recently graduated 10 new members through its partnership with Pratt and Whitney in Connecticut.

The two-and-a-half-year Electronic System Service Apprenticeship program provides skills in the electronic service and repair of Pratt and Whitney machines and controllers.

The program contained 4,720 hours of training, which included:
– Academics from Asnuntuck Community College in Enfield, CT
– Various original equipment manufacturer vendors
– Employee health and safety and internal courses

The on-the-job training was conducted in Middletown, CT, and East Hartford, CT in various machine tool service areas, where apprentices teamed up with experienced IAM members assigned to the maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair of machines and controllers.

“District 26 is extremely proud of our commitment to apprenticeship programs,” said IAM District 26 President and Directing Business Representative Jeff Perinetti. “These programs help bring the next generation of skilled journeymen and women into the aerospace industry.”

The apprentices earned a Connecticut Journeyman’s license in electronics, an IAM Apprenticeship Certificate, and a Pratt and Whitney Apprenticeship Certificate.

The apprenticeships are a joint agreement between Pratt and Whitney and IAM District 26. The collective bargaining agreement also includes a machine repair apprenticeship program, which will conclude in 2024.

“We are so proud of these new District 26 apprenticeship graduates for jump-starting their careers,” said IAM Eastern Territory General Vice President David Sullivan. “These are the kinds of opportunities that help grow our union and good, family-sustaining jobs.

The IAM District 26/Pratt and Whitney Electronic System Servicer Apprenticeship graduates are Victor Bui, Jan Targonski, Patrick Kana, Timothy Shafer, Ryan Doyle, Robert Leone, Naurel Koce, Luke Gravlin, Kendrick Loeu, and Vangter Lor.

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