An apprenticeship program is an industry-driven, high-quality career pathway where an individual can obtain paid work experience, classroom instruction, mentorship, and a portable and nationally-recognized credential. As an apprentice, you will “earn as you learn,” working full-time at an employer company and attending class two nights a week at a local community college. The following apprenticeship programs focus on careers in the manufacturing industry: welding, machining, and industrial maintenance. The apprenticeships will launch August of 2019 alongside the beginning of the fall semester at Lawson State and Jefferson State Community Colleges.
Those interested in one of the apprenticeship programs may apply online below. All applications are due by Monday, July 15th by 5:00 PM. An individual can apply for multiple programs but can only be an apprentice in one. In addition, please download and complete the WIOA Customer Information Form (WIOA Customer Information Form). Please email the completed form to Susan Kozlowski at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to your interview or bring the completed form in-person to the interview.
Following your application, you will be notified by email with additional information, including interview dates for the programs. If you have any questions, please visit our FAQ section or contact Kristen Holder at email@example.com or 205-719-3243.
Welding Apprenticeship Program
An apprentice in the Welding Apprenticeship Program will learn the skills needed for a career in welding. A welding apprentice will learn to fill holes, indentations, or seams of fabricated metal products as specified by layouts, blueprints, diagrams, work orders, welding procedures, or oral instructions using hand-welding or flame-cutting equipment. Apprentices will learn welding components in flat, vertical, and overhead positions; laying out, positioning, aligning, and securing parts prior to assembly: using straightedges, combination squares, calipers, and rulers; and operating safety equipment while using safe work habits.
Machining Apprenticeship Program
An apprentice in the Machinist Apprenticeship Program will learn the skills needed for a career in machining. A machining apprentice will learn to set up and operate a variety of machine tools to produce precision parts and instruments. Machinists may also fabricate and modify parts to make or repair machine tools or maintain industrial machines. Students must be able to apply knowledge of mechanics, mathematics, metal properties, layout, and machining procedures. On the job, machinists calculate dimensions or tolerances, using instruments such as micrometers or vernier calipers; machine parts to specifications, using machine tools, such as lathes, milling machines, shapers, or grinders; and set up, adjust, or operate basic or specialized machine tools used to perform precision machining operations.
Industrial Maintenance Program
An apprentice in the Industrial Maintenance Apprenticeship Program will learn the skills needed for a career in industrial maintenance. An industrial maintenance apprentice will learn maintenance and safety for a manufacturing environment. Industrial Maintenance will focus primarily on the maintenance of machinery, including: precision measurement, machinery alignment, bearings and seals, pumps, fans, blowers, conveyors, etc. Industrial maintenance apprentices will also learn welding skills, piping, hydraulics, and pneumatics.