Apprentices Wanted Here

With the recruitment of experienced tool and die makers becoming increasingly difficult, coupled with some of the most experienced approaching retirement age, Hudson Technologies is taking steps today to help insure it has a skilled workforce in place for the future through apprenticeship.

The Hudson Technologies Apprenticeship Program is the only tool and die maker apprenticeship in Central Florida registered with the Florida Dept. of Education. Participants who complete the 4-year (8,000 hours) program earn a journey workers tool and die maker card. 

The program has two components – on-the-job training and related technical instruction. Hudson Technologies provides all the on-the-job training and the classroom instruction is held at the Advanced Technology Center in Daytona Beach, a program of Daytona State College. 


Apprentice Emmanuel Lopez grinds on a die he’s building at Hudson Technologies in Ormond Beach, Florida.

“This is a win-win program – for our employees, the community and Hudson Technologies,” said Hudson Technologies President Bret Schmitz who spear headed the effort to develop the curriculum and pursue a certificate of registration. “The program allows participants to learn while they earn, getting on-the-job-training working with skilled professionals. The curriculum leverages existing technical classes available through the community college, and we are training future tool and die makers on the specialized skills and technology unique to our manufacturing process." 

Response has been strong since the program was first announced in May 2013.  To be eligible, participants must first be an employee of Hudson Technologies.  “The path into this apprenticeship program is through employment and enrollment levels are based on our business needs,” explains Schmitz. “Initially, we filled the program with six of our current employees and we plan to add up to three additional apprentices in 2014.”

Hudson Technologies, a JSJ business, currently has 250 employees - an increase of 50 since 2012. “Our business is growing and so is our need for skilled employees.  We simply can’t afford to leave the development of this critical workforce pipeline to chance,” said Schmitz.

More information on the Hudson Technologies Tool and Die Maker Apprenticeship Program, including eligibility requirements, is available here.

Hudson Technologies manufactures deep drawn, or seamless, metal cases for a variety of industries. Deep drawn cases, also called stampings, are used to enclose technology in components for aerospace, automotive, aviation, commercial battery, implantable medical devices, relay switch cases, capacitors, flow control, irrigation, semi-conductor manufacturing equipment, and other applications worldwide. Founded in 1940, Hudson Technologies is a business of JSJ Corporation of Grand Haven, Michigan.