Manufacturing Apprentice Programs

manufacturing apprentice programs

Manufacturing and Industrial Apprenticeships

Skilled Trades

Trades are composed of jobs in which workers typically train for the work through apprenticeships. The training period may last from two to five years. The trades sector of skilled industrial workers includes the predominant jobs of industrial instrument mechanic, industrial machinery maintenance, machinist, modelmaker, tool and die maker, water treatment, welder and woodworker. An apprenticeship, as described by the Department of Labor, “is a highly desirable form of training for workers because it is first and foremost a job. It allows for: learning job skills while earning an income; wage progression; and a widely recognized and portable certificate of completion and proficiency.”

Apprenticeships for the skilled industrial trades are offered through private and public sectors. There are union as well as non-union apprenticeship programs. Employers, community colleges and universities, workforce investment boards, industry associations, and the military are among the groups that sponsor apprenticeship programs that are registered through the U.S. Department of Labor.

The description for each of the skilled industrial trades below is meant as a brief introduction to that particular trade being profiled. It is not an inclusive description yet is meant to provide a first glance overview of that industrial trade sector job.

All resource links listed will provide specific information for the particular trade being profiled relative to apprenticeships, associations, union and non-union affiliations and career understanding. Investigating, examining and inquiring into the organization links is a great first-step in not only your career exploration process but also in performing your due diligence when it comes to locating a registered apprenticeship.

 

Industrial Trades Occupation Apprenticeships

Industrial Instrument Mechanic – An individual who works in this sector of the industrial trades is one who may install, repair, maintain and adjust instruments used to measure and control industrial processes such as pulp and paper manufacturing, hydroelectric power industry, mining industry or petrochemical production.

The term ‘instrument mechanic’ came about because it was a combination of light mechanical and specialized instrumentation skills.

International Society of Automation – This organization develops widely-used global standards; certifies industry professionals; provides education and training; publishes books and technical articles; hosts conferences and exhibits.

National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies – Each of NICET’s nationally recognized certification programs are designed by industry experts and practitioners to ensure a qualified workforce. Certification levels lay out a career path for advancement from entry to senior level responsibilities.

National Association of Manufacturers, Apprenticeship Info – This non-profit aims to be the one-stop shop for manufacturers and manufacturing, delivering unmatched expertise in advocacy, workforce development, legal action and operational excellence.

Precision Machined Products Association – The PMPA is an international trade association representing the interests of the precision machined products industry. While PMPA consists mainly of North America based manufacturers, its members also operate facilities in various industrial markets around the globe.

Essential Career Information:

  • Annual pay: The average annual wage for an industrial instrument mechanic was between $55,000-$58,000 in May 2019
  • Employment growth forecast 2016–2026: 1%
  • Entry-level education: Industrial instrument mechanics typically need either an associate’s degree or a postsecondary certificate.

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Industrial Machinery Maintenance (Mechanic) – Industrial machinery mechanics and machinery maintenance workers maintain and repair factory equipment and other industrial machinery, such as conveying systems, production machinery, and packaging equipment. Millwrights install, dismantle, repair, reassemble, and move machinery in factories, power plants, and construction sites.

Every industry needs precision industrial machining, from agriculture to technology to med-tech to aerospace and transportation.

American Institute for Innovative Apprenticeship, Industrial Maintenance – An on-the-job training cohort as well as related instruction is outlined by this organization.

National Association of Manufacturers, Apprenticeship Info – This non-profit aims to be the one-stop shop for manufacturers and manufacturing, delivering unmatched expertise in advocacy, workforce development, legal action and operational excellence.

Precision Machined Products Association – The PMPA is an international trade association representing the interests of the precision machined products industry. While PMPA consists mainly of North America based manufacturers, its members also operate facilities in various industrial markets around the globe.

Essential Career Information:

  • Annual pay: The median annual wage for tool and die maker was approximately $54,000 in May 2019
  • Employment growth forecast 2018–2028: 5%
  • Entry-level education: Welder apprentices typically have a high school diploma or equivalent.

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Machinist – A machinist is a tradesperson who machines using hand tools and machine tools tcreate or modify a part that is made of metal, plastics, or wood, although almost all the work performed by a machinist is done on metal.

A machinist is to metal what a carpenter or cabinet maker is to wood.

Penn Foster, Machinist Apprenticeships – Extensive self-paced, online training designed to enhance hands-on expertise. Machinist apprenticeship programs are specifically designed to meet the standards established by the Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training (BAT) to ensure you are fully equipped with the necessary skills to take on a variety of workshop projects.

Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA) – This organization seeks to unite thousands of metal fabrication professionals to move the industry forward matters. FMA does this through valuable training programs, industry-exclusive networking events, and market-leading publications and trade shows.

American Institute for Innovative Apprenticeship, Machinist – An on-the-job training cohort as well as related instruction is outlined by this organization.

Manufacturing Institute – MI seeks to support the manufacturing industry of today and the growing workforce of tomorrow through a variety of programs designed to excite, educate and empower with a particular focus in four key areas: women, veterans, youth and skills training.

National Institute for Metalworking Skills, Apprenticeships – The benefits of an apprenticeship program can be felt throughout education, industry, and by the apprentices themselves. For the employer, start or expand an apprenticeship program with guidance from this organization.

Association for Manufacturing Technology – AMT represents advanced technology manufacturers and is committed to helping its members improve their businesses through its initiative by promoting STEM education programs and events where students can explore exciting careers in advanced manufacturing as well as connect employers with workforce-ready candidates.

National Tooling and Machining Association – NTMA is focused on the future of American manufacturing as exemplified by our members which consist of small and medium-sized companies, many of them family owned or privately held.

Precision Machined Products Association – The PMPA is an international trade association representing the interests of the precision machined products industry. While PMPA consists mainly of North America based manufacturers, its members also operate facilities in various industrial markets around the globe.

Precision Metalforming Association – PMA’s Educational Foundation helps to develop a trained, motivated workforce by initiating and supporting training, education and image-building programs with PMA member companies, educators, corporations, foundations and civic leaders across the country.

International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Apprenticeship Information – As part of New Jersey’s Youth Transitions to Work program, IAM works in conjunction with the state and employers to offer high school seniors apprenticeship training in automotive and diesel technology.

Essential Career Information:

  • Annual pay: The median annual wage for a machinist was approximately $44,000 in May 2019
  • Employment growth forecast 2018–2028: 3%
  • Entry-level education: Machinists apprentices typically have a high school diploma or equivalent.

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Modelmakers (Moldmaker) – A modelmaker is an individual who creates, designs, and constructs tools and parts in a variety of materials such as wood and plastic. This trade sector uses blueprints, drawings, and/or CAD designs to create models according to established specifications.

Most products in use and in development today first take form as a model.

American Institute for Innovative Apprenticeship, Moldmaker – An on-the-job training cohort as well as related instruction is outlined by this organization.

Association of Professional Modelmakers – This organization’s mission is to offer members and the model making community at large professional communication, education, leading edge technology, and resource connection, while honoring the traditional skills vital to model making and the realization of new ideas.

Essential Career Information:

  • Annual pay: The median annual wage for modelmaker was approximately $45,000 in May 2019
  • Employment growth forecast 2018–2028: 1%
  • Entry-level education: High school courses in math, blueprint reading, metalworking, and drafting are considered useful.

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Tool and Die Makers – A tool and die maker sets up and operates machine tools to produce precision metal parts, instruments, and tools. Tool and die makers work in machine shops, toolrooms, and factories. Although many work full time during regular business hours, overtime may be common, as is evening and weekend work.

Although workers may produce large quantities of one part, precision tool and die makers often produce small batches or one-of-a-kind items.

National Institute for Metalworking Skills, Apprenticeships (NIMS) – The benefits of an apprenticeship program can be felt throughout education, industry, and by the apprentices themselves. For the employer, start or expand an apprenticeship program with guidance from this organization.

Association for Manufacturing Technology – AMT represents advanced technology manufacturers and is committed to helping its members improve their businesses through its initiative by promoting STEM education programs and events where students can explore exciting careers in advanced manufacturing as well as connect employers with workforce-ready candidates.

National Tooling and Machining Association – NTMA is focused on the future of American manufacturing as exemplified by our members which consist of small and medium-sized companies, many of them family owned or privately held.

Precision Machined Products Association – The PMPA is an international trade association representing the interests of the precision machined products industry. While PMPA consists mainly of North America based manufacturers, its members also operate facilities in various industrial markets around the globe.

Precision Metalforming Association – PMA’s Educational Foundation helps to develop a trained, motivated workforce by initiating and supporting training, education and image-building programs with PMA member companies, educators, corporations, foundations and civic leaders across the country.

Penn Foster, Tool and Die Maker Apprenticeships – Extensive self-paced, online training designed to enhance hands-on expertise. Machinist apprenticeship programs are specifically designed to meet the standards established by the Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training (BAT) to ensure you are fully equipped with the necessary skills to take on a variety of workshop projects.

Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA)- This organization seeks to unite thousands of metal fabrication professionals to move the industry forward matters. FMA does this through valuable training programs, industry-exclusive networking events, and market-leading publications and trade shows.

American Institute for Innovative Apprenticeship, Tool and Die – An on-the-job training cohort as well as related instruction is outlined by this organization.

Manufacturing Institute – MI seeks to support the manufacturing industry of today and the growing workforce of tomorrow through a variety of programs designed to excite, educate and empower with a particular focus in four key areas: women, veterans, youth and skills training.

Essential Career Information:

  • Annual pay: The median annual wage for tool and die maker was approximately $54,000 in May 2019
  • Employment growth forecast 2018–2028: 1%
  • Entry-level education: High school courses in math, blueprint reading, metalworking, and drafting are considered useful.

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Water Treatment (Waste Water Engineering) – Water and wastewater treatment plant and system personnel manage a system of machines, often through the use of control boards, to transfer or treat water or wastewater. Water treatment is a very interdisciplinary field which may involve such elements as plumbing, fire protection, hydraulics, life safety, constructive modelling, information technology, project design, microbiology, pathology and the many divisions within environmental science and environmental technology. In some cases, considerations that fall within the field of social sciences and urban planning must be factored in as well.

A point-of-use drinking water filtration system costs only pennies per gallon of purified water, allows people to refill water bottles, and keeps more water bottles out of landfills.

American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists – This organization’s mission is to protect public health and the environment by providing professional development opportunities for students, engineers, and scientists.

American Water Works Association – This non-profit takes great pride in helping establish two preeminent organizations dedicated to safe water, the Water Research Foundation in 1966 and Water for People in 1991. AWWA unites the diverse water community to advance public health, safety, the economy, and the environment.

The National Rural Water Association, Apprenticeship Program – The NRWA Apprenticeship Program will initially be tailored to water system operations specialists and wastewater system operations specialists. Additional apprenticeships programs are in the works for water utility system customer service personnel and technical assistance specialists.

Water Environment Federation – This non-profit organization serves as a global water sector leader with a mission is to connect water professionals; enrich the expertise of water professionals; increase the awareness of the impact and value of water; and provide a platform for water sector innovation.

Work for Water, Apprenticeship Information – The 3-year apprenticeship program offers training in biology, hydraulics, automated systems, laboratory procedures, mathematics, management, budgeting, and industrial safety.

Essential Career Information:

  • Annual pay: The median annual wage for a water treatment worker was approximately $48,000 in May 2019
  • Employment growth forecast 2018–2028: 5%
  • Entry-level education: Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators typically need at least a high school diploma or equivalent. Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators must be licensed by the state in which they work. Requirements and standards vary widely depending on the state. They also complete on-the-job training.

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Welder – A welder is a tradesperson who specializes in fusing materials together. They use hand-held or remotely controlled equipment to join, repair, or cut metal parts and products.

When two pieces of metal touch in space they become instantly welded together.

American Welding Society – AWS offers a number of certification programs that recognize and document expertise and knowledge in specific welding-related disciplines including, inspectors, supervisors, educators, radiographic interpreters, welding engineers and fabricators.

Institute for Printed Circuits – IPC is the only trade association that brings together all of the players in this industry: designers, board manufacturers, assembly companies, suppliers, and original equipment manufacturers.

Precision Machined Products Association Precision Machined Products Association – The PMPA is an international trade association representing the interests of the precision machined products industry. While PMPA consists mainly of North America based manufacturers, its members also operate facilities in various industrial markets around the globe.

Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA)- This organization seeks to unite thousands of metal fabrication professionals to move the industry forward matters. FMA does this through valuable training programs, industry-exclusive networking events, and market-leading publications and trade shows.

Essential Career Information:

  • Annual pay: The median annual wage for a welder was approximately $42,500 in May 2019
  • Employment growth forecast 2018–2028: 3%
  • Entry-level education: Welder apprentices typically have a high school diploma or equivalent.

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Woodworkers (Cabinet Makers) – Woodworkers manufacture a variety of products such as cabinets and furniture, using wood, veneers, and laminates. They often combine and incorporate different materials into wood. Although the term “woodworker” may evoke the image of a craftsman who uses hand tools to build ornate furniture, the modern woodworking trade is highly technical and relies on advanced equipment and highly skilled operators. Workers use automated machinery, such as computerized numerical control (CNC) machines, to do much of the work with great accuracy.

The dovetail joint, used so frequently now, dates back to ancient Egypt. These joints are known for their resilience and can be used to join pieces of furniture without any mechanical fasteners.

Modern Woodworkers Association – This organization offers a series of podcasts as well as an opportunity to subscribe for information offer by specialized artisans.

Architectural Woodwork Institute – This organization has as its mission to be the global leader in architectural woodwork standards, related interior finishes, industry-specific education and networking opportunities.

Association for Manufacturing Technology – AMT represents advanced technology manufacturers and is committed to helping its members improve their businesses through its initiative by promoting STEM education programs and events where students can explore exciting careers in advanced manufacturing as well as connect employers with workforce-ready candidates.

Association of Woodworking and Finishing Suppliers – This organization is a trade association with an international, corporate membership that includes manufacturers and distributors of machinery, hardware, lumber, upholstery materials, bedding components, plastics, wood products and other supplies to furnishings and wood products manufacturers.

Woodworkers Guild of America – This organization’s goal is to help you become a better woodworker. They offer instructional videos that are taught by friendly, talented woodworking experts who walk you through time-tested techniques and step-by-step demonstrations, providing helpful tips and ideas along the way.

Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA) – This organization seeks to unite thousands of metal fabrication professionals to move the industry forward matters. FMA does this through valuable training programs, industry-exclusive networking events, and market-leading publications and trade shows.

National Tooling and Machining Association – NTMA is focused on the future of American manufacturing as exemplified by our members which consist of small and medium-sized companies, many of them family owned or privately held.

Woodwork Career Alliance of North America – The mission of this organization is to support workforce development for the woodworking industry, which includes certification and training of new and existing woodworking professionals as well as students at both the high school and postsecondary levels.

Woodworking Machinery Industry Association – The mission of the WMIA is to establish a platform for its members to network and present the best global technology, services, and information to the North American marketplace.

Essential Career Information:

  • Annual pay: The median annual wage for cabinet maker was between $30,000-$40,000 in May 2019
  • Employment growth forecast 2018–2028: Little or no change due to automation and a greater emphasis on computerized numerical controlled machines. As such, this may limit the employment growth of some woodworkers in the wood product manufacturing industries.
  • Entry-level education: Woodworker apprentices typically have a high school diploma or equivalent. However, individuals seeking woodworking jobs can enhance their employment prospects by getting training in computer applications and math.