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"PIPELINE offers a support structure that we did not have before. Now we have the chance to have a direct impact on the education of our future employees."

— Bernd Weber, director of field services, Buhler Inc.

Buhler Inc.

Buhler Mechatronics is one of the broadest engineering disciplines that encompasses knowledge of both electrical and mechanical systems. Those who study it are strong in IT, computer hardware and networking, pneumatic and hydraulic structures, and many other manufacturing skills that help them become versatile problem solvers. This occupation has such a diverse field of study that finding commonalities of mechatronics to learn from can be difficult.

An industry leader

One such company that has conquered this feat of establishing an organized list of skills is Buhler Inc. Buhler has had a successful apprenticeship program in place since 2013 and currently has 15 participants. They have been able to organize a structured program to train and educate students through classes at Dunwoody College in Minneapolis and on-the-job training visits to customers for engineering and machine skills development. Their apprenticeship program has been a model of excellence in the mechatronic field and assisted in the advancement of establishing industry wide standards for mechatronic occupations.

Buhler logoThe assistance of Buhler at multiple PIPELINE-sponsored development meetings has furthered the mechatronic community through direct involvement with other employers in the advanced manufacturing industry. Buhler has even gone above and beyond by hosting an informational session this July at their own facility in Plymouth to help show other mechatronic employers their apprenticeship program and work on creating a partnership for training employees.

As a leader and a friend to the industry, Buhler has helped assist employers in connecting and moving forward with training in mechatronics. Collaboration has been their focus in building mechatronics into a systematic and well-run occupation with a shared training program that benefits the industry with employees that come into the workforce with the necessary skills to succeed. Buhler has shown the initiative that they are ready to continue partnerships for the improvement of the manufacturing world.

Questions or comments about the Minnesota PIPELINE Program?

Contact Annie Welch, PIPELINE Program manager, at (651) 284-5353 or Annie.Welch@state.mn.us.

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