Rock Machinery Partners on Apprentice Program; Opens New Facility

Rock Machinery Co. LLC, a leading distributor of processing equipment and parts for the aggregate, mining and recycling industries, is pleased to announce its partnership with Moraine Park Technical College on creating a Maintenance Technician Apprentice program.

Maintenance technicians perform tasks related to installation and repair of manufacturing, process, and facility-related equipment. Both mechanical and electrical skills are applied to preventative and predictive maintenance, equipment repairs, and equipment enhancements.

The apprenticeship combines theory and hands-on instruction at Rock Machinery’s facility for each student, enhancing the skills required for a career in the technical trades. Students will learn safety precautions, print reading, National Electrical Code, motor controls, programmable controllers, preventative and predictive practices, fluid power, and welding.

The Maintenance Technician Apprenticeship consists of five years at 10,144 hours, of which 876 hours are spent in paid-related classroom instruction.

“An apprenticeship is an opportunity for people to learn a skill in the trade whereas going to the university you learn an education,” stated Steve Horvath, associate dean of trades of Moraine Park Technical College. “At Moraine Park, we are establishing a new relationship with Rock Machinery. When you are in an apprenticeship, you are working full time. In many cases, the employer sponsoring you in the apprenticeship also pays for your education. Apprenticeships teach you a skill you can use on the job and allow you to earn income right from the get-go.”

“We are very pleased to partner with Moraine Park Technical College to offer future apprentices the best classroom training while learning from some of the best technical service people in the business,” stated Bryant Fazer, president of Rock Machinery. “This is a tremendous opportunity for individuals to build the skills that will be very hard to come by in the next five to 10 years. If you can commit to participating in the program, you will have a promising future as the current generation retires.”

Interested students should contact Bryant Fazer at [email protected] or 414-331-6141.

Rock Machinery also announced the addition of a new facility in Osseo, Wis. This facility will be used as a shop, warehouse and office for their service managers who reside near the area.

Earlier this year, an opportunity for a location in Osseo began to develop. Opening a facility in western Wisconsin is critical to maintaining strong parts and service support for customers in Minnesota, upper Michigan, western Wisconsin, and surrounding areas. In addition, this facility allows the team to stock and work on equipment. 

“We are thrilled to be able to bring our expert advice, diagnostic abilities, and large parts inventory closer to aggregate producers in this region,” stated Brian Pichler, product support and service manager of Rock Machinery. Rock Solid Field Service is something that is earned. Our ability to find the problem with proven diagnostic skills and extensive machine knowledge will help you keep running at peak performance.”

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