As far as lunches go, this had to be one of the best for the WRTP/BIG STEP CNC trainees.
After spending Tuesday morning shadowing employees at Milwaukee Gear, the students were treated to a luncheon provided by the company. While they ate, CEO Richard Fullington gave them an overview of Gear’s business philosophy and Director of Operations Azmi Issa asked the students which area of the job shadowing they liked the best. Some answered machining, others grinding and quality control.
Issa then provided an overview of their benefits package options, and perhaps most importantly, gave them their start dates. Half will start April 11, the other half April 18.
“This is a great training program and I’m grateful to Milwaukee Gear and WRTP/BIG STEP for providing the opportunity,” said Trainee Ed Gates during the lunch.
The students are nearing the finish line of a two month-long dash to complete the CNC training course. Milwaukee Gear, a Glendale-based manufacturer, has committed to hiring all 16 graduates.
Their training has consisted of two days per week of math, blueprint reading, and gauging skills enhancement and industry essential skills training at WRTP/BIG STEP, two days per week of hands-on CNC training at Waukesha County Technical College, and one day a week job shadowing with experienced employees at Milwaukee Gear.
“Job training that leads to an actual job? You can’t beat that,” says WRTP/BIG STEP’s Joe Nicosia, who coordinated the training. “They’ve worked hard every day, and that will be their reward.”
Graduation is at 2pm on April 8, 2011, at WRTP/BIG STEP, 3841 W. Wisconsin Ave. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett will address the graduates.
Graduation is open to the public and community members are encouraged to attend. Food will be provided. Though it might not taste as good as what was served at that Tuesday luncheon.