Workforce Profiles

EMC collaborates with Tidewater Community College

With an Electrical Apparatus issue highlighting workforce dynamics approaching, we take a look at some examples of associated workers that mirror those to come in the print pages of EA.

EMC, a company familiar to those in the world of rotating equipment and beyond, is based in Chesapeake, Virginia. The company provides an excellent example of adapting to today’s climate, specifically in regards to attracting younger prospects. That’s why EMC’s machine shop manager, Dan Purcell, utilized an apprenticeship push from the Department of Labor and collaborated with Tidewater Community College’s Apprenticeship Institute to provide the relevant coursework for the company based in Chesapeake’s Cavalier Industrial Park.

The Chesapeake-based company overhauls electric motors for industries ranging from nuclear to marine but it relies heavily on an older workforce with not enough young workers in the pipeline qualified to take their place in the next decade or more.

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“Working with TCC has been the ticket,” Purcell told TCC Today in a July interview. “That was the part that helped me more than anything, having the educational component. Partnering with TCC has been fantastic.”

Registered apprenticeships depend on an “earn-while-you-learn” approach, the college says. Employers can build a qualified workforce in fields that include health care, construction or any industry that requires training to advance.

“TCC’s Apprenticeship Institute is responsible for making an employer’s interaction with the college as seamless possible,” said Todd Estes, director of the college’s Apprenticeship Institute.  “Employers don’t need to figure out how to get what they need from the college. It’s our job to make these partnerships as easy as possible for both apprentice and employer.”

TCC provides curriculum and instruction geared toward earning employees an industry-recognized credential.

Apprentices work full time and receive company benefits, including raises with pay starting at $12 and rising to $26 per hour by the end of the four-year apprenticeship. The coursework at TCC after work is on their own time, but EMC covers tuition and book costs.

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