Apprentice: Mechanical Build Technician & Electrician
South Bend, Indiana - Full Time

Founded in 1926, Manufacturing Technology, Inc. (MTI) remains a family-owned South Bend, IN headquartered business which is currently operated by the 4th generation of the family.  MTI is the global leader in friction welding solutions with locations in the United States, United Kingdom, Slovakia and a majority-owned facility in India. Leveraging the outstanding MTI reputation and our strong customer relationships, MTI has developed a significant global presence as provider of critical friction welding solutions for Aerospace / Astrospace, Automotive, Military, Oil & Gas and Mining industries and boasts customers such as NASA, Boeing and large tier 1 automotive suppliers such as Rolls-Royce.  We are known as an independent, nimble, and fast responding partner for customized solutions. With over 250 global employees MTI generates over $50M in annual sales.  There are three main branches of the business: Friction Welding Machine Build, Resistance Welding in Europe and Contract Friction Welding. 

As our influence expands, we are searching for our next generation of skilled employees who will begin their training and hands-on experience through participation and completion of our Skilled Trades Apprenticeship Program as our next Mechanical Build Technician & Electrician Apprentice.  By learning about exciting cutting-edge technologies, working within a fast-paced, entrepreneurial company and strengthening your technical skills and development through coursework at Ivy Tech this program offers an opportunity to make a strong impact on your growth and success as well as the business. 

This Apprenticeship, designed in partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor provides formal certification upon completion of the four (4) year program.  The program follows a wage progression which rewards skill set development approximately every 900 hours (6 months).  All coursework takes place at Ivy Tech Community College in the evenings after a minimum of an eight (8) hour workday.  All classes and lab fees are paid for by MTI. Apprentices are expected to work 40 hours per week and take at least one class per semester.

Our MTI Mechanical Build Technician & Electrician Apprentice will learn under skilled and professional mentors the fundamentals of Safety, Communication, Technical Problem Solving, Quality Inspection, Installation of Hydraulic, Pneumatic and Electrical Systems as well as enhance your computer literacy.  This person will assist MTI continuous improvement and lean manufacturing projects all while becoming an integral member of the team whose ideas and skills are utilized and implemented.    

This position is an integral part of our Operations Manufacturing & Assembly team.  We are seeking a focused, detailed-oriented team member with uncompromisingly high standards and solid work ethic coupled with a strong desire to learn.  Excellent verbal and written communication skills will be vital to effectively communicate with the many individuals this position comes into contact with.

This important role strives to achieve success by following MTI’s Core Values: Purposeful Innovation, MTI Family Company, Stellar Reputation, Customer Intimate, Supported Accountability, and An Environment Where You Are Expected to Contribute and Grow.

Location: South Bend, IN

The Challenge:
MTI is a company in significant growth, and rapid development in terms of globalizing and becoming best in class. MTI is looking for driven, collaborative, and innovative people to help us achieve our goals.


1. Follow safety protocols at all times as trained by MTI
2. Learn and follow all MTI Processes and Procedures
3. Adhere to the On-the-Job Training competencies and maintain records of completion
4. Complete all offsite coursework, labs and exams with a passing grade of "C" or above
5. Take part in regular progress reviews with your mentor every 12 weeks
6. Other duties as assigned


1. Computer literacy, including Microsoft Office
2. Mechanical aptitude
3. Extreme attention to detail


1.  Ability to read blueprints


1. High School Diploma or GED
2. Demonstrated mechanical and/or electrical aptitude



  • Health Insurance
  • H.S.A. 
  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible working schedule
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off, new hires receive 20 days per year
  • 10 paid holidays
  • Paid short term disability
  • Continuing Education: Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Voluntary uniform service
  • EV charging station for employees

MTI is a privately held company headquartered in South Bend, Indiana, specializing in transformational, custom-engineered joining solutions for manufacturing processes. Our leading-edge expertise is available on site worldwide. An ISO 9001, AS9100, and NADCAP registered company, we also provide contract welding services at our 115,000 SF facility in South Bend, as well as at MTI Welding Technologies, Ltd. in Kingswinford, England.

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MTI is a EOE/Affirmative Action and Drug Free Workplace.