Future Ready Premium Employer Program

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College-student-employer relationship redefined

We've joined forces with 10 leading employers in the Hamilton Region to create a new program designed to more actively engage industry and community partners in the training of job-ready college graduates.

Benefits to our partners and the broader community

  • Greater access to student and graduate talent
  • Customized industry training solutions
  • Preferred engagements with students and alumni
  • Early involvement in program development and design
  • Opportunities to contribute to specialized Mohawk-led community programs

Benefits to students and alumni

  • New learning modules to support career development throughout their program of study
  • Early exposure to significant employers in the region
  • New experiential learning and applied research opportunities;
  • Opportunities to explore company-specific jobs prior to graduation
  • Post-graduation job search advising and support

Featured Future Ready Premium Employer: L3Harris

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As Hamilton’s community college, Mohawk College’s mission is to build and qualify a skilled workforce that local companies rely on to be future ready. L3Harris Technologies, known worldwide for its WESCAM MXTM-Series electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) products and in-service support, has Mohawk College Alumni working in nearly every area of the company.

The journey began at the Westinghouse factory in Hamilton, Ontario in 1957, where WESCAM camera systems were developed for defence surveillance, funded by the Department of National Defence. 

The history of L3Harris is deeply rooted in the Hamilton community. This summer, the company will come full-circle back to Hamilton, a few blocks from L3Harris’ (previously WESCAM) office headquarters in the 1970s, where they will continue to service over 100 countries around the world.

Mohawk College, established in 1967, has had a similar road of growth and success, becoming one of the top colleges in Canada and attracting thousands of talented students from around the world.

Currently, there are over 150 Mohawk College-trained employees working in various departments at L3Harris. From electrical and mechanical engineering technicians to planning and support, including project management, marketing, operations and finance, Mohawk alumni can proudly say they are contributing to L3Harris’ ongoing success. 

The relationship between the company and the college extends beyond a labour-supply association. L3Harris co-operative opportunities and scholarships, such as the Canadian Industrial Leadership Award, provide exposure to projects and mentorship to satisfy academic requirements and develop leadership skills.  The company collaborated with Mohawk College Enterprise for employee training, and it supports the involvement of company leaders on program advisory committees to help shape the delivery of programs at Mohawk. L3Harris has also made generous contributions to Mohawk student success through equipment purchase, bursaries and scholarships.

As a Future Ready Premium Employer, the connections between L3Harris and Mohawk College are bound to become stronger moving forward, rooted in growth, success and a shared commitment to the Hamilton and surrounding communities.

L3Harris and Mohawk College fast facts:

  • 150 Mohawk graduates employed
  • 6 Co-op and student placements last year
  • Research partner in applied research projects
  • Academic partner with participation in Program Advisory Committees

Meet the Mohawk graduates who work for L3Harris

Hear from some of our Premium Employers about hiring Mohawk graduates and co-op students

Learn more about Mohawk's Future Ready Premium Employer Partners and how we have redefined the college-student-employer relationship. 

Previously Featured Future Ready Premium Employers

KF Aerospace

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For over half of its 26-year history, KF Aerospace’s partnership with Mohawk College has helped keep its corporate, commercial and military customers flying high. Mohawk Maintenance and Aviation Technician students and alumni — who benefit from experiential learning opportunities alongside KF’s certified tradespeople — are integral in KF’s provision of innovative aviation solutions. Today, over 25 Mohawk alumni actively contribute to KF’s continuing success.

KF’s $30-million expansion of its Hamilton facility recently strengthened our holistic relationship. Home to the Mohawk College Centre for Aviation Technology, the immersive space allows us to double our enrollment capacity, complementing KF Hamilton’s anticipated growth from 150 employees to 425 in the next four years.

Meet the Mohawk graduates who work for KF Aerospace

Walters Group Inc.

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Read about Walters Group Inc. »

For more than half a century, Walters Group and Mohawk College have both flourished and grown in the Hamilton Region. As a home-grown, family-owned company, Walters is deeply engaged in the community and is equally engaged with its community college.

Walters supports Mohawk students in their education through student training, co-op placements and apprenticeships. The company connects with students at campus industry events, advises on program development and provides scholarships. And Walters Group is keen to hire Mohawk College graduates.

Mohawk graduates can be found welding and fitting in the shops, designing projects in the office, managing projects for installations around the world and keeping materials moving through the system and to the customer.

With Mohawk alumni employed in all aspects of Walters Group operations and with Walters active at all levels of engagement at Mohawk, this successful partnership ensures the college, the company and the community can all grow together.

  • 14 Mohawk graduates currently employed
  • Strong supporter of co-operative education and Mohawk apprenticeships
  • Active research partner in applied research projects and a number of industry projects, as well as CityLab
  • Academic partner with participation in Mohawk’s Program Advisory Committee program
  • Partner in Mohawk College Enterprise and City School training programs
  • Supporter of student awards

Meet the Mohawk graduates who work for Walters Group

City of Hamilton

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Since its founding more than 50 years ago, Mohawk College has had a strong relationship with the City of Hamilton, sharing a common drive to support and strengthen the greater community.

Mohawk educates and trains students in all sectors and industries to serve, support, and build the infrastructure of our communities and the City of Hamilton puts hundreds of them to work for that purpose. 

Mohawk graduates can be found in all areas of the workforce at the City of Hamilton; from policing to social services, from Public Health to Public Housing. Throughout the City’s workforce, you can find Mohawk College graduates pursuing promising careers in biotechnologyenvironmental technicianarchitectural technologies, and in Early Childhood Education.

This strong relationship of collaboration also extends into areas of applied research, civic and industry projects and social development. City experts advise the College in areas of program development. College trainers help keep City employees up-to-date in their areas of work. In a genuine spirit of partnership, the City of Hamilton and Mohawk College work together to create a strong and prosperous workforce and community.

  • 500+ Mohawk graduates employed
  • 86 Co-op and student placements last year
  • Research partner in numerous applied research projects, industry projects, as well as CityLab 
  • Academic partner with participation in 10 Program Advisory Committees
  • Partner in Mohawk College Enterprise and City School training programs
  • Supporter of student awards for nearly 30 years

Meet the Mohawk graduates who work for City of Hamilton

Thrive Group

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Read about Hamilton Thrive Group »

Thrive Group and Mohawk College share a common ambition to support the health and well being of the regional community. And we share a common goal to train and sustain a skilled workforce for tomorrow’s healthcare sector.

Mohawk graduates from allied health programs such as, Nursing, Practical Nursing, and Personal Support Worker, contribute to the Thrive Group’s success in providing a spectrum of integrated services to support and care for individuals to live as independently as possible.

Thrive Group handles the operation of four member healthcare organizations: AbleLiving Services, Capability Support Services, Idlewyld Manor and St. Peter’s Residence at Chedoke. As well as, administrative support for a dozen more. Well-trained and job-ready Mohawk College graduates are part of that success.

  • 100+ Mohawk graduates employed
  • Co-op and student placements every year
  • Academic partner with participation in Program Advisory Committees
  • Partner in Mohawk College Enterprise and City School training programs
  • Supporter of student success through annual scholarship

Meet the Mohawk graduates who work for Thrive Group

Gerrie Electric

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Read about Gerrie Electric »

Gerrie Electric has strong ties with Mohawk College. We share a common goal to train and develop a skilled workforce for tomorrow.

Graduates from Electrical Engineering TechnologyMechanical Engineering TechnologyComputer Systems Technology – Software Development and Analytics for Business Decision Making can be found succeeding in all areas of Gerrie Electric operations from automation to customer support and robotics.

Gerrie Electric assembles its workforce to cover all areas of the electrical industry and Mohawk College ensures students are well trained and job ready.

  • 30+ Mohawk graduates employed
  • Co-op and student placements every year
  • Partner in applied research and industry projects
  • Academic partner with participation in Program Advisory Committees
  • Supporter of student success through annual scholarship

Meet the Mohawk graduates who work for Gerrie Electric

Hamilton Health Sciences

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Read about Hamilton Health Sciences »

Hamilton Health Sciences has a deep connection with Mohawk College. Together, we are focused on training our workforce of the future. With diverse opportunities in clinical and non-clinical settings, we support NursesPharmacy TechniciansPersonal Support WorkersBusiness Analysts, IT Professionals and a variety of other technical and administrative healthcare professionals succeed. We offer people the chance to train, work and live in Hamilton and be part of the transforming field of healthcare.

  • 350+ Mohawk graduates employed
  • Hundreds of co-op and student placements every year
  • Partner in applied research and industry projects
  • Academic partner with employees on multiple Program Advisory Committees
  • Contributor to advancement in health science studies


Learn more about the partnership between Hamilton Health Sciences and Mohawk College.

Meet the Mohawk graduates who work for Hamilton Health Sciences


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