Direct-steam injection heater maker Hydro-Thermal Corp. is taking part in the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (WDWD) apprenticeship program in cooperation with the Waukesha District High School. The Waukesha-based company hired two high school students through the apprenticeship manufacturing and machining program.

According to the WDWD website, “The Youth Apprenticeship (YA) program integrates school-based and work-based learning to instruct students in employability and occupational skills defined by Wisconsin industries. Students are instructed by qualified teachers and skilled worksite mentors.” The two high school students will spend the upcoming year in the classroom and working on the Hydro-Thermal production floor learning welding, CNC machining, lathe work and other manufacturing skills under the tutelage of skilled mentors.

Jim Zaiser, president of Hydro-Thermal, says, “My summer internship was a good experience, so I want to motivate our future workforce and show them that manufacturing is a great environment for a career.”

Hydro-Thermal is confident that the partnership, overseen by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development will benefit the community and promote Wisconsin’s proud manufacturing heritage.