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Apprenticeship Success Stories

Mechanical Apprenticeship Program Provides In-House Training

By Jennifer Fickley

Mechanical Apprenticeships now are available at the Walt Disney World Resort for individuals who wish to start a career repairing and servicing unique motorized equipment found in our theme parks, shows and transportation systems.

Engineering Services Training Manager Kelli Whitman explains that this program is an excellent opportunity to get paid on-the-job training while learning to repair expertly designed machines not available anywhere else.

“We wanted a Mechanical Apprenticeship Program for a variety of reasons,” said Kelli. “There are a couple of other Walt Disney World apprenticeship programs on our property. We have one for plumbers and one for electrical apprentices. It’s hard to find skilled and qualified people because not many people have worked on unique equipment like we have at [the Walt Disney World Resort]. Nowhere else can they work on this type of equipment, so it’s great to do the in-house training.”

The Mechanical Apprenticeship Program lasts four years, during which participants work full-time hours and attend six hours of class each week. Their on-the-job training will give apprentices experience working in a variety of locations across property, in day, night, weekend, third and holiday shifts. Apprentices also will be granted full benefits, including health insurance, vacation time and holiday pay.

“At the end of four years, if they complete all elements of the program they can apply for Journeymen Mechanic roles at the Resort,” Kelli said. The apprenticeship program will be administered through The Central Florida Mechanical Joint Apprenticeship Committee in partnership with the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners Local 1820. The program is registered with the Florida Department of Education Office of Workforce Education, Apprenticeship.

All Mechanical Apprenticeship Program applicants must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or G.E.D. Applicants also must be able to speak, read and write in English. For more information, contact Walt Disney World Casting at 407-828-1000 (8-222-1000).

Notice regarding Central Florida Mechanical Joint Apprenticeship Program In accordance with Department of Labor regulations, we are required to provide you with the following information regarding the Central Florida Mechanical Joint Apprenticeship Program:

  • Name of Plan: Central Florida Mechanical Joint Apprenticeship Program
  • Employer Identification Number: 74-3157955*
  • Plan Administrator: Central Florida Mechanical Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee.

For information regarding existing or future courses of study, including any prerequisites for enrolling and the procedures for enrolling, please contact the:
Central Florida Mechanical
Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee
730 East Plant Street
Winter Garden, FL 34787.

*The plan is sponsored by a joint management-union committee that does not have a separate employer identification number. This employer identification number was issued for the trust fund associated with the program.