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Power Test Inc. Launches Entry-level Machinists Training Program

The first graduating class had five of six graduates obtain employment in manufacturing-related occupations. Participating trainees complete eight weeks of instruction.

Sussex’s . has launched the Manufacturer’s Resource Training (MRT), which trains individuals to become entry-level machinists for area employers. 

Power Test, winner of Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year, developed the MRT program in response to the challenge faced in the area in finding workers with the skills needed to fill job openings.

Participating trainees complete eight weeks of instruction at Power Test’s facility in Sussex, learning how to operate a variety of manually operated machines and gaining experience in assembly, inspection, shipping, and welding. Participants also complete and are certified to drive a forklift.

The MRT program had its first graduating class in November 2012. Five of six graduates obtained employment in manufacturing-related occupations at Power Test along with Reich Tool and Design, Hydraulic Services, and Rotating Equipment Repair.  

While many larger companies have shipped off jobs to other parts of the world, a number of schools have also closed up their manufacturing training programs. This pushed Alan Petelinsek who owns and operates . to do something about it.

“My vision is beyond the business itself,” said Petelinsek said in an interview with Patch last year. “I would encourage people to enter manufacturing careers. Part of my mission is to show the community and surrounding area that manufacturing is not a dungeon with a couple of light bulbs and a dirt floor, but it’s a healthy place with a healthy career that can encourage a healthy lifestyle.”

Founded in Newburg in 1976 by Petelinsek’s father, John, Power Test, Inc. moved to Menomonee Falls in 1986 and then to Sussex in 2008. It has become a global leader in the design, manufacture and sale of dynamometers, heavy equipment testing systems and related data acquisition and control systems.

“The Manufacturer’s Resource Training program is a great example of how the private sector is actively participating in efforts to create a pipeline of skilled manufacturing workers,” said Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD)  Secretary Reggie Newson in a release.

People interested in the MRT program can visit http://www.manufacturersresourcetraining.com/

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