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Tyson Fresh Meats & DMACC Begin Industrial Management Training Program

Posted 5/23/2017

1 + 2 Training Program Begins in June

Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc. and Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) are beginning an industrial maintenance 1 + 2 training program in Perry.

Up to 12 students will be selected by Tyson Fresh Meats for the program, which starts June 5.  Students will take classes from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m., Monday through Thursday at the DMACC Perry VanKirk Center.  They will work at the Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc. facility in Perry from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sundays.

The starting wage is $19 per hour and students will be paid for attending classes.  In addition, a full benefit/insurance package will be available on the first Monday after two months of full-time employment.

“If you have some mechanical aptitude and would like to work for a Fortune 500 Company with great benefits, we encourage you to join us,” said Dennis Meinecke, plant engineer at the Tyson Fresh Meats Perry facility.

During the first year, employees will take classes at the DMACC Perry Van Kirk Center in the morning and work at the Tyson Perry Plant in the afternoons and on Sunday.  During the second and third year, employees will be working full-time at the Tyson Plant.

“We’re pleased to provide this program, which we believe will give people training and skills they need to be a successful part of our team, said Eloisa Baumgartner, who works in the human resources department at the Tyson Fresh Meats plant in Perry.

Program Development Director Rick Carpenter at the DMACC Perry VanKirk Center said the wage and benefit package will attract students to this program.

“This is a great opportunity to partner with such a great company as Tyson and to enhance the community,” said Carpenter.  “We look forward to maintaining this partnership for many years to come.” 

Some of the course topics include:

  • Industrial Electrical
  • Motors and Controls
  • Hydraulics/Pneumatics
  • Welding
  • Industrial Mechanical Maintenance
  • Mechanical Power Transmission

“This program not only provides a good career option for our students, but will allow DMACC to expand vocational training opportunities in Perry,” said Carpenter.

Tyson Fresh Meats will donate $15,000 to DMACC to help fund this program. To apply for this program, contact Eloisa Baumgartner in person at the Tyson Fresh Meats Perry Plant Employment Office.

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