Manufacturing Apprenticeship


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Manufacturing Apprenticeship

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 in August of 2021 alongside the beginning of the fall semester at Lawson State and Jefferson State Community Colleges.

Choose One of The Following Manufacturing Apprenticeship Programs:


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.

4 Year Program

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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.

4 Year Program

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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.

3 Year Program

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Manufacturing Apprenticeship FAQs

Manufacturing Apprenticeship

What is a registered apprenticeship?

U.S. DOL Registered Apprenticeship Program is an industry-driven, high-quality career pathway where employers can develop and prepare their future workforce, and individuals can obtain paid work experience, related instruction, mentorship, and a portable and nationally-recognized credential.

Why pursue an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships allow you to earn while you learn. Employers pay your wages and often provide for the cost of your tuition while you earn a nationally-recognized, portable credential for life.

What happens if I’m not selected for an apprentice position?

If you are not selected for an apprenticeship position in the first round of interviews, we encourage you to participate in the corresponding training program at Lawson or Jefferson State Community College to increase your knowledge and skillset of the industry and be eligible for future positions.

When and where are classes held for the Manufacturing Apprenticeship Programs?

The classroom instruction will occur at either Lawson State Community College (Bessemer) or Jefferson State Community College (Center Point) two nights per week.  The length of the program varies based on the program of study and the school selected.

Where will I receive on-the-job training?

Our employer partners will interview each candidate to determine employment eligibility. Once a job offer is extended and accepted, the apprentice will be employed during the day and receive on-the-job training while at work.

How long are the manufacturing apprenticeships?

The welding apprenticeship program will last approximately three years (6,000 hours on-the-job training), which includes two years of classroom instruction two nights per week, and full-time employment.

The machining and industrial maintenance apprenticeship programs will last approximately four years (8,000 hours on-the-job training ), which includes two years of classroom instruction two nights per week and full-time employment.

How much money will I make?

Each apprentice receives competitive entry-level wages plus applicable benefits based on company eligibility requirements. Wage increases also occur at regular intervals upon successful completion of on-the-job training and satisfactory job performance as determined by the company.

Who is eligible?

Individuals 18 years of age or older, residing in one of the following counties in Alabama: Jefferson, St. Clair, Walker, Blount, Chilton, or Shelby. The individual must have either a Driver’s License or State ID.

How do I apply?

Applications are currently closed and will reopen Summer 2020. Once the application opens, submit a completed apprenticeship application by the due date provided on the application. Second, download and complete the WIOA Customer Information Form (WIOA Customer Information Form). Please bring the completed form in-person to the interview.

Following your application submission, you will receive additional information, including day/time to interview and a skills assessment (only applicable to IT apprenticeship). Please bring a resume to the interview. Following the interview, you will be contacted directly by the company with follow-up steps. Each apprentice must then adhere to the college’s admissions requirements prior to beginning of the semester.

If you have questions, please contact Morgan Bell at [email protected] or 205-719-3224.

What is the WIOA Customer Information Form?

The Workforce Innovations & Opportunities Act (WIOA) may provide funds for eligible apprentices seeking training. WIOA may also provide funds to companies to offset wages for an apprentice. By completing a WIOA Customer Information Form, eligibility for these grants are determined. Please fill out this form as accurately as possible.

Do I need High School and College Transcripts?

For the manufacturing apprenticeship programs, Lawson State Community College and Jefferson State Community College require that each student submits a high school and college (if applicable) transcript as part of the admissions process. Forms exist for this purpose and will be provided following your application. The applicant is responsible for completing and mailing those forms to your high school and/or college.

I’m a business. What is the benefit of having an apprenticeship program?

Apprenticeship programs help employers recruit and develop a talent pipeline of highly-skilled workers that helps grow their business. Apprenticeships improve productivity, profitability, and an employer’s bottom line through flexible training options. An apprenticeship ensures workers develop the right skills, minimize liability costs through appropriate training of workers, and increase retention of workers.

I’m a business. What is the cost to participate?

As an employer, you are responsible for all wages paid to your apprentice while they are at work. For the manufacturing apprenticeship programs, an employer is also responsible for providing tuition and school supplies for the apprentice to obtain related instruction at a local community college. There are grants available that may offset the cost of wages and tuition for those eligible. Please contact Kristen Holder at Central Six AlabamaWorks! at [email protected] and 205-719-3243 for more information.

I’m a business. How do I get involved?

For more information on how to become an employer partner, please contact Kristen Holder at Central Six AlabamaWorks! at [email protected] or 205-719-3243.

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The sponsor will not discriminate against apprenticeship applicants or apprentices based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation, genetic information, or because they are an individual with a disability, or if they are a person 40 years or older. The sponsor will take affirmative action to provide equal opportunity in apprenticeship and will operate the apprenticeship program as required under 29 CFR | 30.


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The Central Six Development Council serves the following counties: Blount, Chilton, Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair, and Walker.

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