Machinist Career Programs

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Machinists and tool-and-die makers are highly-skilled, highly paid professionals who combine excellent mechanical aptitude with the latest software programming and design tools. It’s a good profession that’s in demand. An apprenticeship – most often paid by your employer – is the way to advance your career – and your salary. Where do today’s machinists work?

  • Aerospace & Defense
  • Medical Devices
  • High Tech Machine Shops
  • Energy & Alternative Energy
  • Automotive & Transport
  • Public Utilities
  • Telecommunications
  • Consumer Products

Apprenticeships consist of two to four years’ on-the-job training in the workplace (employer’s shop) for hands-on learning during the day and attending a local community college for classroom learning during the evening for one or two nights a week – depending upon your program and class schedule. Upon completion of the apprenticeship on-the-job training and school requirements, you will receive a State Trade Certificate issued by the Division of Apprenticeship Standards, State of California and NIMS Certifications.

Apprentices – union or non-union – benefit by receiving employer paid training, wage advancement (according to the minimum wage schedule by trade/occupation category) and opportunities for career advancement.

The minimum age requirement for the program is 18 years; there is no maximum age for the program. In addition, you must have a high school diploma or have passed the GED exam. You must also have a valid California Driver’s License and you must pass an entrance examination.

A new apprentice, just starting out, can expect to make 50% of the fully-experienced Journeyman wage – as determined by an average of all employers in your region. From there, you can expect rapid wage-advancement up to and sometimes beyond 90% of the fully experienced average wage, in accordance with (1) completing your 4-year program in good standing; and (2) maintaining your employment.

Choose a program to find out more about what courses, schedules, pre-requisite(s), counselor/how-to-contact and enrollment information is available. Check with your employer first – most employers require apprentices to enroll and then reimburse for tuition, books and fees upon successful Quarter or Semester course completion.

Once you’ve selected your program – complete the Enroll Online forms for the apprenticeship program – located under the Apprentice tab above.