Continually facing the need to recruit and train new technicians for their maintenance operations, utility fleet managers in some operations are finding that apprenticeship programs provide the highest quality staff. Technician Apprenticeship programs are varied based on each fleet’s needs and its operation. In some, the programs involve training seasoned technicians while other fleets provide opportunities exclusively for new hires. Some fleets also work with local schools to find, recruit and train apprentice technicians, and to support educational offerings for potential candidates. Based on projections covering the number of open positions a fleet maintenance operation will need to fill, apprenticeship program openings are usually limited, enabling fleets to fill those spots with the highest caliber candidates. The approaches being taken to train technician apprentices are illustrated by the programs now in place at three of the nation’s leading utility fleets.
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