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Autocam Medical Recognizes Latest Apprenticeship Program Graduates

Dr. Bill Pink, President of GRCC, addresses Autocam Medical Apprentice Program graduates

Autocam Medical Apprentice Program graduates and Andy Beach, GRCC Instructor

John Kennedy, IV, General Manager of Autocam Medical, and Apprentice Program graduates Wrindy Hauser and Ethan Richey

John C. Kennedy, President and CEO of Autocam Medical, congratulates Mark Taylor

Apprentice Dylan Weerstra and family

Autocam Medical, a global contract manufacturer of precision surgical and medical components and devices, presented 11 students with certificates of completion for their CNC Machinist Apprentice Program during a ceremony at the AMP Lab at Western Michigan University in Grand Rapids.

The event, recognizing the company's fourth class of graduates, was kicked off with a few words of motivation and inspiration by John Kennedy, IV, General Manager of Autocam Medical, and Dr. Bill Pink, President of Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC).

The year-round program requires students to complete over 700 hours of classroom instruction over a period of 90 weeks. Apprentices are employed by Autocam Medical, maintaining a full work schedule during the training period. In addition to CNC Machinist certification, the course of study also covers the necessary schooling required by the Federal Department of Labor for students to receive a certified Journeyman card and puts them on the path to receive an associate degree, earning 27 college credits.

GRCC Instructor Andy Beach, an industry veteran with over 20 years of relevant hands-on experience, emphasized the program's benefits: "Autocam Medical's Apprentice Program is a win-win; it is a win for the skilled trades industry and a win for the students. The students gain skills that put them on a career path with unlimited opportunity, and it helps build a ready workforce for the manufacturing industry, which is starving for CNC machinists."

As part of their training, students are challenged to machine two intricate objects. These finished projects are reflective of the caliber of machinists produced by the program. Two graduates, Wrindy Hauser and Ethan Richey, recently won a first-place prize in Mastercam's global Master of CAM Wildest Parts Machining Competition in the Teams Division for a Thor's Hammer they machined.

"Our program is quite uncommon. In addition to the specialized training that our students receive, we pay for 100% of their college tuition and provide them with a full-time job while they are receiving training," said Kristy White, HR Director for Autocam Medical. "The unique Apprenticeship Program is a key reason the company was named the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce's EPIC Award winner in the Excellence in Business category this year."

"Autocam Medical has been built around investing in employees and their growth within a culture that trusts and respects every individual," said a company spokesperson. "The company's success is dependent on the knowledge that employees bring to the team every day. Not only does Autocam Medical offer employees educational opportunities where tuition is 100% paid for, but they also offer competitive salaries, quarterly bonus incentives, a generous 401K match and a premium-free health plan."

To keep up with Autocam Medical's dramatic growth in West Michigan, the company will be expanding its footprint with a new plant in Kentwood. The new expansion will create 250 jobs, and hiring efforts will increase over the next year. Those interested in joining the group of skilled machinists, future apprentices, engineers or technicians should contact Kristy White at:

For more information contact:

Autocam Medical

4152 East Paris Avenue SE

Kentwood, MI 49512


Grand Rapids Community College

143 Bostwick Ave. NE

Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3295


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