Two groups of DMTN associates were on track to finish the first leg of their Technical Skills Trades Program (TSTP) Apprenticeships this past spring. Both teams had just begun their Special Team Project when the Coronavirus pandemic hit and began affecting schedules everywhere.
The apprentices were given the task of building a troubleshooting machine that could be used at DENSO with a $1,000 budget. Normally this project would take three weeks, but the teams had to adjust to a pause in operations. “One of our biggest challenges was picking up where we left off after COVID-19 put us on hold for a while,” said Elijah White.
Travis Fontaine agreed that working on this project during a pandemic created more challenges, but “just like on the plant floor, failure is not an option.”
Despite the obstacles in their path, both teams completed successful projects and one of the troubleshooting machines has already been field tested with DMTN Maintenance. The apprentices will go on to finish a year of on-the-job training on the plant floor before they graduate next spring.