Raytheon Technologies‘ intelligence and space business is collaborating with the Department of Labor to start a registered apprenticeship program for students at Collin College in McKinney, Texas, in an effort to bridge skills gap in the state.
The program will be launched in 2023 to provide on-the-job training for manufacturing positions such as assembly technician, precision assembler and electronics tester, Raytheon Intelligence & Space said Monday.
Students chosen for the apprenticeship will receive mentoring, compensation and production labor credentials as they learn microelectronics assembly, engineering, quality control, troubleshooting and maintenance at Raytheon’s manufacturing facility.
RI&S is the first company to launch such a program in the Dallas-Fort Worth region and expects to accommodate more than 100 program participants over the next five years. It established a similar project in Forest, Mississippi, in January and is now expanding the three-year agreement with the Labor Department and its partner academe, East Central Community College.
“This Apprenticeship Program will allow students to create some of the most advanced technology in the world – providing unmatched capabilities to our men and women in uniform – and do it while continuing to pursue their education,” said Jeff Place, vice president of operations and supply chain at RI&S.