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What is apprenticeship?

  • A registered apprenticeship is a combination of classroom and on-the-job training that prepares a person for a U.S. Dept. of Labor job title.
  • Apprentices take college classes at a community college while working with a mentor on the job to learn a checklist of skills applicable to their job.
  • Every job title requires a certain number of classroom hours and a certain number of on the job training hours.

What are the advantages of an apprenticeship program?

  • The employer pays for the tuition, books, and fees for your college classes.
  • You work typically 32 hours per week while going to college taking 8-10 semester hours. Your pay increases as you are signed off on job skills. Starting pay is typically $10-$12 per hour and end pay is typically $18-$20 per hour.

How would this compare with getting a degree from a community college?

Community College

  • You are responsible for school costs.
  • Full-time students typically don’t work or work part-time.
  • You may have debts from student loans.
  • You must seek employment when you graduate.

  • Employer pays all school costs.
  • Employment with a good wage while in school
  • Pay increases along the way.
  • No debts.
  • Continued employment with potential advancement when finished.

What will I have when I finish the program?

  • An academic credential (Certificate in Manufacturing Technology) and college credits that can be applied to higher academic credentials (Diploma or A.A.S.).
  • Certification as a Journeyworker in your job title.
  • Secure employment with potential for advancing in the company.

What apprenticeship programs are available?

  • Industrial Maintenance Mechanic (4,000 hours)
  • Machine Set-up Operator (4,000 hours)
  • Chemical Operator III (6,000 hours)
  • Tool Set-up Operator (6,000 hours)
  • Mechatronics Technician (8,000 hours)
  • Tool & Die Maker (8,000 hours)

Sample First Year Related Instruction

Fall 2016 Course # Credits
Pre-Calculus Algebra
Intro to Technology
Industrial Safety
MAT 171
EGR 115
ISC 112
Spring 2017 Course # Credits
Circuit Analysis
Intro to Automation
Print Reading
ELC 131
ATR 112
BPR 111
Summer 2017 Course # Credits
College Physics
Mfg. Quality Control
PHY 151
ISC 132


Interested students should:

To increase your chances of being hired as an apprentice, students should:

  • Enroll in the Human Resources Development Manufacturing Boot Camp
  • Register for and complete any necessary developmental classes
  • Register for and complete any entry-level courses within the Apprenticeship Curriculum


Jill Hendrix
Apprenticeship 321 & Continuing Education

Dr. Dennis McElhoe
Vice President
Economic & Workforce Development