In response to a growing demand for maintenance professionals within the manufacturing industry, Kondex recently launched a Maintenance Mechanic Apprenticeship program. This four-year, State-indentured program consists of 8,000 combined hours of classroom and on-the-job training working under the Company’s experienced maintenance mechanics. Schooling can be completed at any participating Wisconsin Technical College, with all tuition, books, and fees paid by Kondex. Upon completion, participants will be recognized as Journeyman Maintenance Mechanics, and be fully prepared for a variety of tasks associated with installing, servicing, and maintaining the proper working condition of production equipment and machinery.
Chad Reinke is Kondex’s first maintenance apprentice to participate in the program. Reinke joined Kondex in 2013 as an advanced machine operator, and transferred to a maintenance role in 2015. Gaining journeyman status will not only benefit Reinke in advancing his career and responsibilities, but will also allow him to be a mentor to future maintenance mechanic apprentices.
“Kondex offers a variety of training and career advancement opportunities to its associates, and we’re excited to add this apprenticeship as another career learning path,” commented HR Representative Kelly Peterson. “We’re pleased that Chad has embraced this opportunity to further develop his skills, and encourage others to explore maintenance as a career option.”
Kondex, a manufacturer of cutting and wear-resistant components, uses new technologies to improve product life by 2-3 times and manufacturing innovations to strengthen product functionality. For our OEM customers, this elevates market share; for end users, it extends the life of their machinery. With the majority of our products agriculturally based, these efforts support our mission of helping to feed and fuel the world. For additional information, please visit www.kondex.com.