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Robotics Apprenticeship

The American Robotics Industry is booming, creating new opportunities for passionate, tech-savvy individuals looking to enter this rewarding, fast-paced field.

Franklin Apprenticeships is proud to support a partnership between industry leaders FANUC America and Rockwell Automation, designed to provide apprenticeships to lower the barrier to entry for candidates interested in Robotics, Automation and Advanced Manufacturing careers. By providing manufacturers with apprenticeships and credentialing programs, including fundamental robotics (Robot Operator) and automation (PLC Operator), this partnership is helping workers to obtain industry relevant credentials while helping employers to eliminate critical skills gaps.

In addition to FANUC America, Rockwell and Franklin Apprenticeships, the coalition includes APT, a FANUC and Rockwell Automation systems integrator, and NOCTI Business Solutions, which provides independent assessments of occupational standards and validation using recognized International Organization for Standardization (ISO) process validation methods.The coalition has developed new apprenticeship programs offering people opportunities to gain credentials that include fundamental robotics (Robot Operator) and automation (PLC Operator).

A career path with progress built in

These apprenticeships span current and emerging occupations in advanced manufacturing, including automation and robotics, preparing individuals for a long-term career in these industries. The program offers a second level of credentials for Robot and PLC Technicians. A third credentialing level called Integration Specialist builds on the fundamental and technical skills that teaches people to operate and troubleshoot integrated FANUC-Rockwell Automation technologies.

The program provides:

  • A proven recruitment process capable of attracting a diverse and inclusive talent pool
  • Individual learning paths for each apprentice with defined competency standards
  • Dedicated Success Coaches responsible for working with apprentices, managing program administration, and ensuring high quality outcomes for all

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Robotics Stats

  • Increase in industrial robots operating in factories over the past year


  • growth in the adoption of human-robot collaboration


  • increase in the stock of industrial robots worldwide over the past five years


More about our coalition partners:

FANUC America Corporation
FANUC America Corporation is a subsidiary of FANUC CORPORATION in Japan, and provides industry-leading CNC systems, robotics and factory automation.  FANUC’s innovative technologies and proven expertise help manufacturers in the Americas maximize productivity, reliability and profitability. FANUC embraces a culture of “Service First” which means that customer service is our highest priority. The company is committed to supplying its customers with parts and support for the life of their FANUC products. For more information, please call: 888-FANUC-US (888-326-8287) or visit our website:

Rockwell Automation
Rockwell Automation Inc. (NYSE: ROK), is a global leader in industrial automation and digital transformation. Rockwell connects the imaginations of people with the potential of technology to expand what is humanly possible, making the world more productive and more sustainable. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Rockwell Automation employs approximately 23,500 problem solvers dedicated to our customers in more than 100 countries. To learn more about how Rockwell is bringing the Connected Enterprise to life across industrial enterprises, visit

APT Manufacturing
APT Manufacturing Solutions has been providing high-tech solutions to manufacturing problems for over 25 years. The company’s operations are ISO 9001:2015 certified, as well as RIA Safety Certified for Robotic Integration. APT Manufacturing Solutions is an authorized FANUC robotics integrator and certified at the highest level (IV). Above all else, APT Manufacturing Solutions is committed to employee development and training in the manufacturing space. This begins with the idea that the company cannot continue to grow without constantly producing talented engineers, programmers, machinists, and fabricators.  This passion for education has given way to APT Manufacturing Solutions commitment to building training systems with FANUC and Rockwell that teaches Industry 4.0 and IIoT manufacturing in vocational schools, trade schools, and universities throughout the United States.

NOCTI is the largest provider of industry-based credentials and partner industry certifications for career and technical education (CTE) programs across the nation. Whether using assessments to meet Perkins accountability requirements, to guide data-driven instructional improvement, or to assist with teacher evaluation systems, NOCTI provides a credible solution through its validated and reliable technical skill assessment.  For more information visit