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?
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|
Intro to Technology
|Spring 2017||Course #||Credits|
Intro to Automation
|Summer 2017||Course #||Credits|
Mfg. Quality Control
Interested students should:
- Be at least 18 years of age and able to meet specific employer requirements
- Hold a National Career Readiness Certificate
- Apply to Gaston College and complete online orientation
- Take placement test at Gaston College
- Apply for apprenticeship positions listed at www.collegecentral.com/gastoncollege (student ID and any course completion required to apply)
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
Apprenticeship 321 & Continuing Education
|Dr. Dennis McElhoe
Economic & Workforce Development