Department of Labor Approves Machinist Apprenticeship

June 13, 2018

The Greater Memphis Medical Device Council (GMMDC) is proud to announce the approval of the GMMDC Machinist Apprenticeship through the Department of Labor (DOL). As a Machinist Apprentice, students become proficient with:

  • Reading blueprints (GD&T), sketches or CAD/CAM files
  • Understanding the fundamentals of machining different metals
  • Operating and monitoring manual equipment and CNC machinery
  • Shaping metal into machined parts that match product specifications
  • Performing required job functions in compliance with Good Manufacturing Practices as defined by the company’s Quality Management System

“Our mission at the GMMDC is to create a pipeline of skilled employees through specialized vocational classes for medical device manufacturers and their associated vendors,” said Roy Smith, executive director.

“The GMMDC also counsels parents, students and teachers to help them better understand the great benefits of a career in the medical device industry,” said Smith. “While still in high school, students can use the Tennessee Promise grant and dual enrollment classes to complete a diploma and then go directly into a job or an apprenticeship with no college debt.”

To find out more about joining the GMMDC or the GMMDC Machinist Apprenticeship, contact Roy Smith, Executive Director, at (901) 490-2578 or email