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Industrial Engineer

What is an Apprenticeship?

Not all careers require a degree. 

Some jobs either require or can benefit from career and technical training that can include on-the-job learning and formal learning. Several tracks in manufacturing, for example, have programs you can complete, become certified, and "earn while you learn."

CAREER EXPLORE NW OVERVIEW

A great career resource - CareerExploreNW - prepared great information about apprenticeships:

"An apprenticeship is the original 4-year degree and the oldest method of training used to learn a skilled trade. You get to earn while you learn, gaining valuable experience in your chosen occupation. Generally, a 3-5 year program with job site and classroom time. In most apprenticeships, you can expect to gain ninety percent of your education working on the job. You will learn the rest in a classroom and shop from skilled instructors. These classes sometimes earn college credit as well, depending on the organization. Upon graduation, apprentices continue their careers completely debt free."

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SOURCE: ApprenticeshipUSA - US Department of Labor - www.apprenticeship.gov/

Industrial Engineer

Pre-Apprenticeships /
Youth Apprenticeships

You don't have to wait until you graduate to begin an apprenticeship. Many programs can begin while you are in high school. Pre-apprenticeships allow you to begin working in your desired field, giving you the knowledge and skills you need to get a head start - often right after graduation.

 

Apprenticeship Preparation Programs

Learn about programs that can help you prepare for apprenticeships. 

Examples:

 

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Apprenticeship Programs

Examples of Registered Apprenticeship programs in the State of Washington include: 

Machinist Apprenticeships
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Related Resources

The following are additional resources that may provide you with more information to help you learn about available apprenticeships and training you need for a career in your desired field. 

Industry

Program

Description

Comments

MANUFACTURING

Resources provided by WA State Dept of Labor and Industries for the latest policies and opportunities. 

Sponsored by the WA State Dept. of Labor & Industries

MANUFACTURING

A "one-stop shop" to connect career seekers, employers, and education partners with apprenticeship resources. 

Sponsored by the US Dept. of Labor

MANUFACTURING

Click here to find an apprenticeship program within the State of Washington. 

Sponsored by the US Dept. of Labor

MANUFACTURING

Get the information you need about available apprenticeship opportunities in several career fields. 

MANUFACTURING

Get information on programs and how to find them throughout Washington. 

CONSTRUCTION

Spokane Community College partners with 18 apprenticeship programs throughout Washington. Learn more about how to prepare for them. 

GENERAL INFO

Spokane Workforce Council offers several resources for local apprenticeships and information to begin.

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Careers that Use Apprenticeships

Several industries rely on apprenticeships to train their workforce for high-paying technical careers. For example, careers in aerospace, automotive, machining, and manufacturing industries can include several positions, such as those identified in the following resources.

(More job summary information can be found here.)

Industry

Position

Training Available

Info Source

MACHINING

(Jobs apply to many industries)

O-NET (Job Overview)

Career One Stop (Video)

O-NET (Job Overview)

Career One Stop (Video)

CareersNW Information

MANUFACTURING

(Jobs apply to many industries)

O-NET (Job Overview)

Career One Stop (Video)

CareersNW Information

O-NET (Job Overview)

Career One Stop (Video)

CareersNW Information

MANUFACTURING

(Jobs apply to many industries)

O-NET (Job Overview)

Career One Stop (Video)

CareersNW Information

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Frequently Asked Questions

CareerExploreNW prepared the following FAQs about apprenticeships. You can find these and much more about apprenticeships on their website. Visit it now for additional information on how to begin your apprenticeship journey. 

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

(For details, go to the CareerExploreNW website here)

Who is eligible to apply for an apprenticeship program?

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