APT Training Center Completes 3rd Year

June 21, 2018

HICKSVILLE—APT Manufacturing Solutions completed its 3rd year of the Manufacturing Training Center. 7 students from Hicksville and Fairview High School, 5 first year and 2 second year completed their requirements at the training center, located in the APT plant and instructed by APT employees.

Throughout the school year, the students spent 2 hours per day at APT facilities, logging hours on various skilled tasks with APT employees as instructors. The students worked “hands-on” in every area of our machining, fabrication, and automation divisions. This year, their capstone projects involved several small applications that solved problems at APT. These projects are now being used in production each day. 

Two of these graduating students have been accepted into APT apprenticeship programs, where APT will pay for their college and provide on-the-job training for them over the next 4 years. APT now has 9 apprentices currently going through one of 6 apprenticeship programs. It has trained 23 students from high school over the past 3 years with 9 additional students signed up for the 2018-2019 school year. 

APT has grown rapidly in recent years, more than doubling its workforce and building over the last 3 years. Tony Nighswander, President and Owner of APT, says the company is still hiring skilled trades and plans to continue hiring for the foreseeable future, especially tool makers and machinists, mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, robot programmers, and PLC programmers.

APT Manufacturing Solutions, founded in 1996, specializes in solving problems for manufacturers. It is among the largest machine shops in the area, as well as welding and fabrication. APT serves leading manufacturers with custom designed and built gauges, along with custom machines, packaging equipment, and full assembly lines. APT is an authorized FANUC robot integrator, the leading robot manufacturer in the world, and serves a wide range of customers in the automotive, food, pharmaceutical, firearms, and aerospace, and furniture industries.