Oatey Offers Robust Industrial
Maintenance Apprenticeship Program.
Oatey Co. remains committed to supporting, advancing and
retaining its operations associates through world-class,
on-the-job training, as well as educational opportunities.
2016, Oatey launched its first-ever Industrial Maintenance
Apprenticeship Program, designed to promote the advancement of
operations associates into higher-skilled positions that are
more aligned with their long-term career goals. It also
leverages additional career-development opportunities for the
company’s more experienced associates, allowing them to hone
their leadership, training and mentoring skills, while working
with a diverse group of apprentices.
Oatey’s registered apprenticeship program, which is based at its
Cleveland Manufacturing facility and led by Maintenance
Supervisor Ruben Santos, is sponsored by Manufacturing Works and
regulated through the State of Ohio. As the sponsor,
Manufacturing Works helps manage the program and provides
Oatey with continuous expert guidance about how to offer the
most cutting-edge resources for associates.
“Since its inception, the program has received a tremendous
response, and associate participation continues to grow,” says
To date, the program has included three groups (or cohorts),
including a total of six registered apprentices. Every other
year, Oatey anticipates adding a new cohort to the program
roster. “We continue to maintain 100% retention of associates
who participate in the apprenticeship program,” Santos explains.
Oatey’s inaugural group of two apprentices successfully
completed all of the program’s training requirements in 2020,
and two deserving individuals earned the title of Journeyman.
After graduating from the program, these individuals have gone
on to advance their careers.
“Our Journeymen continue to embody the spirit of Oatey and set a
positive example for fellow associates,” says Santos. There are
currently two active cohorts with four apprentices making their
way through the program. All current apprentices are from
underrepresented groups (Hispanic and African American). Oatey
also recently welcomed its first female apprentice, who will
graduate as part of the third cohort. Oatey’s commitment to
small cohorts ensures personal attention to the apprentices’
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When the need for new apprentices is determined, positions
are opened and the application, recruiting and selection
process begins. The four-year program welcomes applications
from any active operations associate in good standing,
including those at Cleveland Manufacturing and Distribution
facilities; however, the selection process for admission is
rigorous. Applicants must display a strong work ethic,
reliable attendance record, commitment to Oatey, and passion
for skilled technical work.
Prior to acceptance, new candidates for apprenticeship must
provide evidence of earning their high school diploma or GED,
and complete a Mechanical Aptitude Test and a college
admissions placement exam to ensure successful completion of
The Industrial Maintenance Apprenticeship is a hybrid
program that offers both in-classroom instruction with
college credit and on-the-job training (OJT). Oatey partners
closely with Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) to deliver a
robust, specialized curriculum to complement the OJT that
takes place at the Oatey facility. Every apprentice must
complete up to 10,000 hours of OJT.
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ABOUT OATEY CO.
Since 1916, Oatey has provided reliable, high-quality
products for the residential and commercial plumbing
industries, with a commitment to delivering quality,
building trust and improving lives. Today, Oatey operates a
comprehensive manufacturing and distribution network to
supply thousands of products for professional builders,
contractors, engineers and do-it-yourself consumers around
Oatey is based in Cleveland, Ohio, and has
locations in the United States, Canada, Mexico and China.
For more information, visit www.oatey.com,
call (800) 321-9532 or follow Oatey on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram.