In light of the tight labor market and the acute need for qualified candidates to join the printing industry, Koenig & Bauer (U.S.) has taken a step to develop new apprenticeship programs to fill its technical positions. For the past two years, the Dallas-based division has been working in collaboration with the Training and Human Resources Departments at its factory in Germany and Texas State Technical College (TSTC) to establish a technician apprenticeship program and recruit qualified students.
The first two chosen are Kaitlin Sullivan, a recent TSTC graduate with a A.S. degree in Wind Energy Technology (WET), who joined Koenig & Bauer as an electrician apprentice, and Amanda Beltran, who graduated with an A.S. in Mechatronics Technology and joined the program as a machinist apprentice.
Sullivan is based in Dallas and is reporting to a regional service manager. She will work in the field with mentors for the next few months until she moves to Germany this spring. Beltran will be based in the Dallas machine shop, but her training will also include some fieldwork and specialized training in Germany.