MIBIZ: Autocam Medical Remains Optimistic About Building Talent Pipeline

Last month, Autocam Medical Devices LLC graduated its fourth class of CNC machinist apprentices under a program that’s meant to lure young professionals to the skilled trades. John C. Kennedy, president and CEO of the contract manufacturer of medical devices, is using the program to grow his talent pipeline while the company is on the verge of a major expansion. Autocam Medical is in the process of building an additional 100,000-square-foot facility in Kentwood that will support 250 new jobs and roughly double the company’s workforce. Kennedy recently talked with MiBiz about building a talent pool amid an ongoing skilled trades shortage, as well as his leadership principles that helped guide the company through the COVID-19 pandemic.

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TODAY’S MEDICAL DEVELOPMENTS: Autocam Medical’s Apprentice Program Puts Students on Career Path

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 November 10th 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.

The Grand Rapids Community College 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’s a win for the skilled trades industry and a win for the students,” says Beach. “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. In fact, 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.

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GRBJ: Autocam Medical Apprentices Join the Next Generation of CNC Machinists

The Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) Lab has churned out another group of CNC machinists from its apprenticeship program.

Kentwood-based Autocam Medical, a global contract manufacturer of precision surgical and medical components and devices, said Dec. 3 it presented 11 students with certificates of completion for their computer numerical control (CNC) machinist apprentice program during a Nov. 10 ceremony at the AMP Lab @ Western Michigan University in Grand Rapids.

The event, recognizing the company’s fourth class of graduates, included a few words of motivation and inspiration by John Kennedy IV, general manager of Autocam Medical, and Bill Pink, president of Grand Rapids Community College.

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 U.S. 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 experience, said the program has many benefits.

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MLIVE: Autocam Medical Continues To Invest in West Michigan With New $60M Site, 250 More Jobs

The number of jobs and investments planned by West Michigan businesses climbed this year, as companies that delayed projects in 2020 at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic pushed forward with expansions, according to The Right Place.

The Grand Rapids-based economic development group, which serves an eight-county region, provided assistance to businesses that are projected to bring 1,541 new and retained jobs to the area. It also assisted companies expected to make $286 million in capital investments.

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DBUSINESS: Autocam Medical Apprentice Program Helps To Fill Skilled Trades Pipeline

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

The year-round program requires students to complete more than 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.

“Autocam Medical’s Apprentice Program is a win-win,” says Andy Beach, a Grand Rapids Community College instructor. “It’s 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.”

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 they will be increasing their hiring efforts over the next year.

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MANUFACTURING NEWS: Autocam Medical Hosting Hiring Event at Global Headquarters

Autocam Medical, a global contract manufacturer of precision surgical and medical components and devices, recently announced that they will be holding a hiring event specifically for CNC machinists and secondary operators.

The job fair will take place at Autocam Medical’s global headquarters located at 4152 East Paris Avenue SE on August 18 from 8 a.m. to noon and August 19 from 1 to 5 p.m.

The company is looking to hire 30 full-time CNC machinists and 10 secondary operators in their Kentwood location. Same-day offers will be made to qualified applicants.

“While there may be other jobs out there, the positions that we are filling are career opportunities,” said Kristy White, HR Director for Autocam Medical. “We are committed to investing in our employees and providing them with learning opportunities that facilitate career growth. The training that we provide coupled with the work environment and benefits that we offer is what really sets us apart from other companies,” she said.

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GRBJ: Autocam Medical Hosting Hiring Event For CNC Machinist, Secondary Operator Positions

Autocam Medical will hold a hiring event this week and will make same-day offers for CNC machinists and secondary operators.

The job fair will take place from 8 a.m.-noon Wednesday and 1-5 p.m. Thursday at Autocam Medical’s global headquarters, 4152 East Paris Ave. SE in Kentwood.

The company is looking to hire 30 full-time CNC machinists and 10 secondary operators. Same-day offers will be made to qualified applicants.

“While there may be other jobs out there, the positions that we are filling are career opportunities,” said Kristy White, human resources director for Autocam Medical. “We are committed to investing in our employees and providing them with learning opportunities that facilitate career growth. The training that we provide coupled with the work environment and benefits that we offer is what really sets us apart from other companies.”

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DBUSINESS: Autocam Medical Looking to Fill 40 Positions at Upcoming Hiring Event

Autocam Medical, a contract manufacturer of precision surgical and medical components and devices in Kentwood (south of Grand Rapids), is conducting a hiring event specifically for CNC machinists and secondary operators on Aug. 18.

The job fair will take place at Autocam Medical’s global headquarters (4152 East Paris Ave. SE) from 8 a.m. to noon on Aug. 18 and from 1-5 p.m. on Aug. 19. The company says it is looking to hire 30 full-time CNC machinists and 10 secondary operators at its Kentwood location. Same day offers will be made to qualified applicants.

“While there may be other jobs out there, the positions that we are filling are career opportunities,” says Kristy White, HR director at Autocam Medical. “We are committed to investing in our employees and providing them with learning opportunities that facilitate career growth. The training that we provide coupled with the work environment and benefits that we offer is what really sets us apart from other companies.”

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MLIVE: Autocam Medical Holding Two-Day Hiring Event

Autocam Medical, a Kentwood-based medical device manufacturer, is hosting a job fair on Aug. 18-19.

The company is looking to hire 30 full-time CNC machinists and 10 secondary operators for its Kentwood plant. The job fair will be held at Autocam’s global headquarters, 4152 East Paris Ave. SE, from 8 a.m. to noon on Aug. 18 and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 19.

In a news release, the company said same day offers would be made to qualified applicants.

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NEWSBREAK: Autocam Medical Holding Kentwood Job Fair, Same-Day Offers Possible

Autocam Medical plans to host a hiring event in an effort to fill 40 positions, the manufacturer of medical equipment tells us. The job fair will take place at Autocam Medical’s global headquarters located at 4152 East Paris Avenue SE on August 18th from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and August 19th from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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