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Apprenticeships

Earn While You Learn

Spokane Community College (SCC) partners with industry to provide apprenticeship training available. Apprenticeships give students on-the-job training and classroom education, while making a living wage with health care, retirement and other benefits.

By the Numbers: Living wage with no college loans

  • Average pay rate for apprentices is $20 per hour

  • Average cost for tools for starting an apprenticeship is $450
    • Students are only responsible for their own tools and supplies. That means you don't pay tuition!
  • 1,500apprenticeship students last year at SCC

What is an Apprenticeship?

In apprenticeship training, you learn while you're employed. In addition, on-the-job training is supplemented by classroom learning each year. The training period, or apprenticeship, varies in length from one to five years, depending on the complexity of the occupation you select.

Apprentices are paid by their employer. They receive pay increases at regular intervals over the period of apprenticeship if their skills have increased and their training has been completed satisfactorily. Those who successfully complete their apprenticeship training reach journeyman status and are then fully qualified to pursue their occupation.

Training: Classroom and On-the-Job

Classroom training requires six to 48 hours each week, depending on the trade. These classes may take place days, evenings, or weekends.

On-the-job training involves working with and learning from experienced journeyman workers. During this training period, you receive wages for your work. The starting wage for beginning apprentices is usually about half of the journeyman rate and increases regularly as you satisfactorily progress through the program. Near the end of the training, an apprentice is performing as a skilled worker and is earning close to the journeyman wage.

Questions?

Apprenticeship Office 509-533-7178

Department of Labor and Industries - Apprenticeship Section Offices 509-324-2590

Breaking Ground on Your Pathway


Plan Your Courses

Meet with our counselors to customize this plan just for you. You can also search the quarterly schedule for class days and times.

Placement

Math placement is not required for this program.
English placement is not required for this program.

In partnership with this institution, AJAC offers Machining (Aircraft Oriented) Apprenticeship courses in a rigorous line of study and skill development leading to college credit. Students will apply foundational skills in manual and CNC machine technology, tool and materials selection, engineering drawings and geometric dimension and tolerance, precision measurement, lean processes and job planning. In addition to machine-specific training, students receive a foundation in academic subjects useful in the manufacturing industry, such as shop algebra, geometry and trigonometry. Students synthesize classroom learning in conjunction with structured on-the-job training to become the next generation of master machinists.

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Total Program Credits: 60


Program Courses

First Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
APM 101
Precision Machining I  
5
APM 102
Precision Machining II  
5
APM 103
Engineering Drawings  
5
Total Credits
 
15

Second Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
APM 121
Shop Algebra  
5
APM 122
Applied Geometry and Trigonometry  
5
APM 123
CNC Operation and Setup  
5
Total Credits
 
15

Third Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
APM 201
GD&T  
5
APM 202
CNC Programming Mill  
5
APM 203
CNC Programming Lathe  
5
Total Credits
 
15

Fourth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
APM 221
Materials, Processes, and References  
5
APM 222
Inspection  
5
APM 223
Advanced Machining Technology  
5
Total Credits
 
15

Estimated costs for completing this program

 
WA Resident
Non-Resident
International
Tuition
$ 6,161
$ 7,640
$ 14,094
Books
$ 702
$ 702
$ 702
Course Fees
$ 0
$ 0
$ 0
Institutional Fees
$ 2,141
$ 2,141
$ 2,141
Total Costs
$ 9,004
$ 10,483
$ 16,938

Costs for completing a degree or certificate can vary. For more information about costs, visit our How Much Does it Cost? page.

Program start: Varying
Pre-requisites: No
Program length: Varying
Number of students each start: Varying
Contact: Mindi Bayley 509-533-7178
Please note: An 11 week program (Skilled Trades Preparation) is recommended prior to beginning any trade program ($25)

Have a question? Let's hear it.

Apprenticeship Office 509-533-7178

Department of Labor and Industries - Apprenticeship Section Offices 509-324-2590