Bucks County Community College is introducing a new Pre-Apprenticeship Industrial Maintenance Training for adults ages 18-24.

The program, completely free, will start next February and has been made possible thanks to a $5.3 million grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

During a recent class, a student (pictured) learns how to interpret, design, and operate relay control circuits. Image via BCCC.

In a press release, BCCC says the training will include modified schedules to accommodate high school and working conflicts. The college also made clear it is in search of mechanically inclined individuals looking for an avenue to start a new career path.

The training, which has had a 90% job placement rate, will introduce participants to the fundamental concepts and hands-on skills required by electro-mechanical technicians in manufacturing and a variety of industries. And possibly best of all, the school and instructors will help reach out to employers once training is complete.

Prospective participants will have a chance to speak with instructors and tour the lab during an Open House, scheduled for Wednesday, Jun. 26 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Bucks County Public Safety Training Center in Doylestown.

People looking to register should email Bridget.Hughes@bucks.edu or call 267-685-4884. Classes are four hours per day, for sixteen weeks.

Requirements, according to BCCC:

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or possess a Green Card
  • Must be at least 18 years old by March 1, 2020
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED, or be on track to earn one by the end of program
  • Must pass an electro-mechanical aptitude test, drug screening, background check, and a physical test
  • Must have reliable transportation to commute to training and to a variety of industry field trips

WBCB’s Dan Wilson contributed to this post.