Fullerton College, Disneyland Resort Graduate First Cohort of Machinists in Training Program
Fullerton College and the Disneyland Resort graduated students in a pilot machinist training program in December. The program prepares Disney Cast Members for career advancement and consists of credit courses at Fullerton College.
Six students gained hands-on training in attraction maintenance and transportation services and spent time in the classroom, as well as the Disneyland Resort. The training is supported by the International Association of Machinists Lodge 947, and each student earned a Journeyman card, which certifies them to perform advanced technical work.
The success of the pilot group, which began in 2011, led to three additional machinist training cohorts and a similar program for sound technicians, who work at the Disneyland Resort.
“Fullerton College’s robust vocational programs create a perfect partner for us as we look for ways to support the professional development of our Cast Members,” said Rich Langhorst with the Disneyland Resort.
The machinist training program offers practical, industry-specific coursework in a variety of topics, including blueprint reading, technical mathematics, CNC machining, welding, metallurgy, manufacturing processes, and transportation services. Due to the students’ certification and completed courses, they are eligible for job advancement and to earn a higher pay rate at the Disneyland Resort.
“Disney is a global corporation, and this program serves as an important reminder that the workforce is local,” said Fullerton College President Rajen Vurdien. “On a micro level, this program gives students an edge to advance their careers in a competitive job market. On a macro level, it brings to light the importance of partnerships to enhance the local economy and California’s global competitiveness through education and training.”