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Why Apprenticeships? 

We recognize what has been talked about for years, that our workforce is aging and many Millennials & Gen Z folks don’t know the benefits of a career in manufacturing. We also know that these generations go to market differently than their predecessors, so it was important that we alter our approach to attract a new generation of workers.

Raising awareness about careers in manufacturing has been a focus on our blog, “Manufacturing Careers on the Factory Floor”, where Zentech employees tell their success stories and why they love their jobs in manufacturing. We also recently published an article on ours and the IPC blog, “Manufacturing a Creative Workforce Development Strategy”  - discussing our ideas for a different approach to finding talent.


Zentech is a leader in many areas and leading the charge in the apprenticeship program seemed like the next logical step for us in demonstrating what we believe: to be ambassadors of our company and the industry and lead by example.​ 


Electronics Assembler 


The Institute of Printed Circuits (IPC) has developed a National Program Standards and Registered Apprenticeship Programs (RAPs) with occupations for Electronics Assemblers, approved by the US Department of Labor.​

  • Earn while you learn during a year long program

  • Receive related technical instruction (175 hrs)

  • Eligibility to earn industry-recognized credentials (J-STD-001 CIS) (IPC A 610 CIS) 

  • Receive a nationally recognized, portable credential

An electronics assembler works to bring together the pieces of equipment we use every day, such as computers, electronic devices containing semiconductors and other electronic equipment used in various sectors, such as automotive, consumer electronics, defense, and telecommunications. They mount, connect, assemble, and secure parts and components of electronic equipment. Their primary duties are to assemble electronic parts, such as circuit boards, mount them into larger assemblies or casings, ensure the proper soldering, as well as the fabrication and/or installation of electric wiring in harnesses or bundles, and the testing or troubleshooting of equipment before it is put into or returned to service.

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