learn & work here.

Dahmes Stainless, Inc., located in New London is excited to invite motivated students to join our 12-week manufacturing apprenticeship program to increase their knowledge and skills in the manufacturing industry. 

 

Begin your career by working alongside other experienced welders to transform sheets of stainless steel
into complex drying systems for our customers across the US and Canada, and gain a general understanding of important life skills to support you in achieving a successful career. 

Do you have an interest in welding and are you looking to gain work experience this summer?

who should apply

Students with an interest in the manufacturing industry, particularly welding are encouraged to apply. We'd like you to be​:​

  • authentic

  • pioneering

  • committed

  • self-motivated

  • hard working

  • willing to learn

  • able to work with others

what it looks like

Up to five students will be selected to join this program for the summer of 2021. If chosen, students will be at the Dahmes' campus from 7:00am-12:00pm four days/week with potential for optional afternoon hours. Individuals will receive a competitive hourly rate with the opportunity to potentially join our team at the close of the summer.

Week 1: June 7-10

  • Classroom: Dahmes Founding Story and R&D Center Tour (Alex)

  • Classroom: General Shop Safety (Brian)

  • Classroom: Welder/Grinder Safety (Brian)

  • Hands-on: Intro to Stainless Steel (Brian)

  • Hands-on: Intro to TIG Welding (Brian)

Week 2: June 14-17

  • Classroom: General Safety Review & Assessment (Brian)

  • Hands-on: Machine Overview & Safety 1 (Matt/Beau)

  • Hands-on: TIG Welding (Matt/Beau)

Week 3: June 21-24

  • Classroom: General Machine Overview & TIG Skills Review/Assessment (Brian)

  • Hands-on: Machine Overview & Safety 2 (Matt/Beau)

  • Classroom: Process Engineering 101 (Hans)

  • Classroom: How to Create a Personal Budget (Jerrid)

  • Hands-on: Tools 101 (Matt/Beau)

  • Hands-on: TIG Welding (Matt/Beau)

  • Hands-on: Box Competition
     

* Participants who successfully pass weld test may have the opportunity to work additional hours (up to 40) at the discretion of the Apprenticeship Program Instructors.

Week 4: June 28-July 1

  • Classroom: Project Management 101 (Trevor)

  • Classroom: Reading Blue Prints & Drafting 101 (TBD)

  • Hands-on/Classroom: Intro to MIG Welding (Brian)

  • Hands-on: MIG Welding (Matt/Beau)

Week 5: July 6-9

  • Classroom: Basic Geometry/Math/Measuring (PJ/Brian/Jeremy)

  • Hands-on: TIG/MIG Welding (Matt/Beau)

  • Classroom: Teamwork/Punctuality (Janae/Beau)

  • Classroom/Hand-on: Piping 101 (Jeremy)

  • Hands-on: Utensil Caddy Competition

Week 6: July 12-15

  • Classroom: Grinder Safety Review (Matt/Beau)

  • Classroom: How to Set Goals & Achieve Them (Janae)

  • Classroom/Hands-on: Grinding & Polishing (Matt/Beau)

  • Classroom: Rigging 101 (Jeremy)

  • Hands-on: TIG/MIG Welding (Matt/Beau)

  • Mid-program Check-in

Week 7: July 19-22

  • Classroom: How to Advance in Your Career (Tim)

  • Hands-on: Role Shadowing (Matt/Beau)

  • Classroom/Hands-on: Shearing/Fit-up/Tack (Matt/Beau)

  • Classroom: Tube Saw & Purge Welding (Matt/Beau)

  • Hands-on: Purge Welding (Matt/Beau)

Week 8: July 26-29

  • Classroom: Utilizing Your Personal Strengths (Heather)

  • Hands-on: Role Shadowing (Matt/Beau)

  • Hands-on: TIG/MIG/Purge Welding (Matt/Beau)

  • Hands-on: TIG Welding Kit #1 (Matt/Beau)

Week 9: August 2-5

  • Classroom: Communication Skills (Janae)

  • Hands-on: Role Shadowing (Matt/Beau)

  • Hands-on: TIG/MIG/Purge Welding (Matt/Beau)

  • Hands-on: TIG Welding Kit #2 (Matt/Beau)

  • Final Project: Personal Firepit - Design

Week 10: August 9-12

  • Classroom: Labor Capacity & Scheduling (Brian/PJ)

  • Hands-on: Role Shadowing (Matt/Beau)

  • Hands-on: Shipping & Receiving (Brian)

  • Hands-on: TIG/MIG/Purge Welding (Matt/Beau)

  • Hands-on: TIG Welding Kit #3 (Matt/Beau)

  • Final Project: Personal Firepit - Design

  • Classroom: Controls/Automation Engineering 101 (TBD)

Week 11: August 16-19

  • Classroom: Resume & Interview Skills (Janae)

  • Hands-on: Role Shadowing (Matt/Beau)

  • Hands-on: TIG Welding Kit #3 (Matt/Beau)

  • Final Project: Personal Firepit - Welding

Week 12: August 23-26

  • Final Project: Personal Firepit - Welding

  • Classroom: Skills Review & Graduation

 

* Participants who start school during the final week will have the option to complete the program the week of August 16.

Matt
Sindelir

 

Welding
Lead

Hans
Kabat

 

Engineering
Manager

Beau
Williams

 

Welding
Lead

Alex 
Marcus

 

President

the instructors

Jeremy 
Peterson

 

Field Operations
Manager

Janae
Olson

 

Head of Corporate Development

Trevor
Conway

 

Project Manager

PJ
Thorson


Manufacturing
Manager

requirements

Brian Wesbur

 

Production
Manager

Tim 
Chermak

 

Guest
Instructor

Platform Marketing

Jerrid
Sebesta

 

Guest Instructor
Taatjes Financial

Heather
Christensen

 

Guest
Instructor

Envisioneering, LLC

Applicants must be at least 16 years of age. Steel toe boots required for all time in shop ($75 allowance will be provided); all other tools and supplies will be supplied by DSI.

how to apply

Applications for the 2021 class are due April 19, 2021. Interviews will be held April 26-30, 2021. Students will be notified on May 3 to learn if they were accepted. 

questions

If you have questions, contact Janae Olson at jolson@dahmes.com or 320.3541593.