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Student FAQs

It is a unique, flexible training system that combines job related technical instruction with structured on-the-job learning experiences. Registered Apprenticeship is a leader in preparing American workers to compete in a global 21st century economy because the system keeps pace with advancing technologies and innovations in training and human resource development. The Registered Apprenticeship system provides the opportunity for workers seeking high-skilled, high-paying jobs and for employers seeking to build a qualified workforce. In this regard, the Registered Apprenticeship system effectively meets the needs of both employers and workers.
Depending on the program, an apprenticeship can last anywhere from one to five years. Upon successfully completing an apprenticeship, you will transition to a full-time employee with the company with which you've been working.
Since apprenticeship programs are a combination of classroom and hands-on education, the schedules are moderately flexible.

While some courses still maintain a regular semester-based enrollment schedule, several other apprenticeship programs have open entry modular coursework options, meaning the apprentice can start classes at any time. As other programs develop, their formats may be converted.

Shifts at the jobsite are at the discretion of the apprentice's employer.
The "Earn and Learn" training model of Registered Apprenticeship provides a unique combination of structured learning with on-the-job training from an assigned mentor. The mentor is someone at the company that is fully competent in the occupation of the apprentice. He/she provides guidance and supervision to the apprentice for the On-the-Job training portion of the apprenticeship.
The company offering the apprenticeship program will recruit, interview and hire eligible candidates. On certain occasions, Nevada’s Apprenticeship Project will handle the recruitment and initial interviews.
Apprentices earn competitive wages - the average starting wage is about $15 per hour. Apprentices enjoy incremental pay increases as they become more proficient. Research shows that apprentices who complete their program earn approximately $300,000 more over their career than non-apprenticeship participants.
Compensation and benefits are at the discretion of the apprentice's employer. It is likely that the employer will offer benefits if the apprentice is meeting the employer's definition of a full-time employee (either through hourly work at the company or as a combination of classroom work and job-site work). The employer may require that the apprentice complete a probationary period of 90 days, for example, before the apprentice is eligible for benefits.
Accepted applicants with work with the Apprenticeship Navigator to complete the necessary enrollment process, if needed. An apprenticeship program orientation will also be required.
TMCC and WNC both offer career counseling services. You can learn more about TMCC's offerings and WNC's programs to understand how they can help you choose the right apprenticeship path. You may also find some career aptitude resources online or by visiting Nevada's Department of Education, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR).
Select companies in the northern Nevada are offering apprenticeship programs including Panasonic, Renown Health, Lincoln Electric, Alsco, Gyford Standoff Systems, and others.

We also have apprenticeship programs available in southern Nevada. We anticipate that the diversity of available programs will continue to grow in the coming years.
One of the most attractive benefits of an apprenticeship is the cost to students. As an apprenticeship participant, you'll pay nothing for the classroom-based training, nor for the hands-on learning. All costs associated with your training and education are the responsibility of your employer.
Despite the no-cost-to-the-student model for this form of education, some apprentices may be eligible for government-funded grant programs or private foundation scholarships to assist with living expenses or childcare costs during your program. More information is available:
TMCC Financial Aid and GI Bill benefits
Currently, none of the apprentice programs offered require students to purchase any special equipment. However, apprentices might be required to purchase items specific for the occupation in certain circumstances.
Yes. The company will make a significant financial and human resource investment in training and education for the apprentice. If a company does not see progress or evaluates the apprentice as a less-than-ideal fit for the position or company culture, the employer can terminate the apprentice at any time.
Yes. Just as the company is making an investment, so is the apprentice. If, after consulting with the apprentice's mentor and the Apprenticeship Navigator, he/she determines that the apprenticeship position does not match their desire, interest or abilities, they are free to leave the program. Apprentices should be aware that oftentimes employers require that employees remain in their position for a certain amount of time if they have received education or training at the employer's expense. Each apprentice should understand their specific employment contract or agreement policies.
One of the most important incentives to a company sponsoring an apprenticeship is workforce development. Ideally, the participant would remain with the sponsoring company. The apprentice and the employer have progressed and invested in each other throughout the program, developing a sense of loyalty and appreciation.

Apprentices should also be aware that often, employers require that employees remain in their position for a certain amount of time if they have received education or training at the employer's expense. Each apprentice should understand their specific employment contract or agreement policies.

Getting Started

Combining a relevant education with critical on-the-job experience provides the makings for a successful career. In fact, apprenticeships are the pinnacle of work-based learning opportunities. That's the formula that drives Nevada's Apprenticeship Project.

Opportunities

Applying to the apprentice program is highly competitive. Applying is easy and involves a few steps which are outlined below.

  1. If you are interested in working as an apprentice, please fill out the Interest Form which will be sent directly to Nevada's Apprenticeship Project Office.
  2. Include a resume with your Interest Form, outlining any relevant work experience or skills related to your preferred apprenticeship program.
  3. Nevada's Apprenticeship Project is ready to help you find a job with a participating company.* Connect with us to be connected to area employers.

*Additional steps may be necessary for those accepted into the program. Those will be provided by the companies as needed.

Available Apprenticeship Opportunities

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) are among the most important staff members in the health care team. Their role is to assist not just the medical staff, but patients as well. There is an incredibly high demand for CNAs and they have highly varied duties in many settings. They are vital to daily operations in hospitals and nursing care facilities. Your compassion and skill in patient care will help minimize the stress of those who are sick or unable to care for themselves. The Certified Nursing Assistant Apprenticeship is a one-year, competency-based program in which students attend classes and receive CNA training from a dedicated mentor at the hiring company.

Nursing assistants completing this program will have earned a Skills Certificate-Nursing Assistant, Nevada State Board of Nursing CNA credential, and a certification from the Department of Labor verifying that they are fully qualified for their occupation.

Job Functions

Certified Nursing Assistants provide intimate, hands-on care to patients in medical settings. They help with medical procedures, document patients' health issues, measure vital signs, and help patients with their basic needs. This is a field of high demand, good pay, and excellent growth opportunities.

Salary Outlook: $25,630 to $45,990

Job Titles in Certified Nursing Assistant:

  • Nursing Assistant
  • Orderlies
  • Nurses' Aide
  • Home Health Aide

CNC Machine Operator

Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) Precision Machining is an expanding field requiring specific, technological skills in working with metals and plastics. Precision machining creates very precise parts from various materials, components that typically will need to fit into other larger machines or products. This skill involves accuracy, measurements and math, some programming, ability to read schematics, and to understand what part is being created. The CNC Machine Operator Apprenticeship is a two-year competency-based program in which students attend select courses and receive CNC machine operator training from a dedicated mentor at the hiring company.

Machine operators completing this program will have earned a Certificate of Achievement in Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) Machining, OSHA 10 card, National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) credentials, and a certification from the Department of Labor, verifying that they are fully qualified for their occupation.

Job Functions

CNC Machine Operators perform essential functions in manufacturing. They set up, operate, or tend lathe and turning machines to turn, bore, thread, form, or face metal or plastic materials, such as wire, rod or bar stock. This is a field of high demand, good pay, and excellent growth opportunities.

Salary Outlook: $25,290 to $51,100

Job Titles in CNC Machine Operator:

  • CNC Operator
  • Production Worker
  • Machinist
  • Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setter, and Operator
  • Engine and Other Machine Assembler
  • Electronics Engineering Technician

Industrial Maintenance Mechanic

Industrial Maintenance is a growing, in-demand field. All manufacturing companies require staff dedicated to maintaining the equipment on the shop floor in order to reduce downtime. Maintenance Technicians need a wide range of skills, from electrical and hydraulic, to welding, to precision machining, and everything in between. The Industrial Maintenance Mechanic Apprenticeship is a two-year competency-based program in which students attend select courses over the two-year period and receive industrial maintenance training from a dedicated mentor at the hiring company.

Industrial maintenance mechanics completing this program will have earned a Certificate of Achievement in Industrial Maintenance, OSHA 10 card, National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) credentials, and a certification from the Department of Labor, verifying that they are fully qualified for their occupation.

Job Functions

Industrial maintenance mechanics perform essential functions in manufacturing. They build, test, repair, adjust, train, and troubleshoot technical systems. These systems include turning and grinding machines, milling, drilling, and computerized inventory and process control systems. This is a field of high demand, good pay, and excellent growth opportunities.

Salary Outlook: $31,810 to $81,070

Job Titles in Industrial Maintenance:

  • Maintenance Supervisor
  • Maintenance Technician
  • Industrial Engineering Technician
  • Equipment Technician
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Heavy Equipment Mechanic

Personal Care Aide

Personal care aides work with physically or mentally challenged individuals who need help with daily tasks and chores, working in places such as residential care facilities, hospices and clients' homes. Personal care aides generally are responsible for light cleaning, cooking, running errands, and doing laundry, as well as assisting clients with bathing, showering, grooming, and other personal hygiene tasks. They also engage clients in activities like reading, talking, and playing games. Additionally, personal care aides might consult with a client's family members to address their concerns regarding the client's health, nutrition, and overall well-being.

The Personal Care Aide Apprenticeship is a one-year, competency-based program in which students attend classes and receive training from a dedicated mentor at the hiring company. Personal Care Aides completing this program will have earned a Certificate of Completion from UNLV and a certification from the Department of Labor verifying that they are fully qualified for their occupation.

Job Functions

Personal Care Aides provide intimate, hands-on care to patients and work in a variety of settings. They assist clients with personal hygiene tasks and help patients with their basic household needs. This is a field of high demand.

Salary Outlook: $20,980 to $29,760

Job Titles in Personal Care Aide:

  • Home Care Aide
  • Home Health Aide

Production Operator

Production Operators are in high demand, especially in northern Nevada. The Production Operator apprenticeship is a one-year competency-based program in which students attend select courses from TMCC and receive production operator training from a dedicated mentor at the hiring company.

Production operators completing this program will have earned a Panasonic Preferred Pathway (P3) Skills Certificate from TMCC, OSHA 10 card, and a certification from the Department of Labor, verifying that they are fully qualified for their occupation.

Job Functions

Production operators monitor equipment during operations in manufacturing facilities. Attention to detail while monitoring gauges and lines is required, as well as the ability to troubleshoot and maintain production line machinery and conduct performance testing. Auxiliary tasks may include housekeeping, inspections, safety walkthroughs, organization, and transport. Responsibilities may include direct handling of products including during production, specification checks, and packaging.

Salary Outlook: $28,080 to $95,360

Job Titles in Production Operator:

  • Production Technicians
  • Manufacturing Operators

Buyer-Purchasing

Buyers and purchasing agents buy products and services for organizations to use or resell. They evaluate suppliers, negotiate contracts, and review the quality of products. Buyers and purchasing agents buy products, durable and nondurable goods, and services for organizations and institutions. They try to get the best deal for their organization: the highest quality goods and services at the lowest cost.

Buyers are responsible for administrative and financial related tasks for their organization. They manage different aspects of supplier products, inspecting quality and arranging shipping costs. They also coordinate company purchases with other departments and authorize use of resources. Buyers must maintain accurate records of current and prospect suppliers and their performance, and so they need to possess strong data entry skills.

Buyers must be excellent team players and also work well independently. They must possess strong communication skills, as they report and deliver status reports to the supervisor or president in their department. These buyers must have strong analytical abilities and work well under pressure.

Job Functions

Evaluating suppliers is one of the most critical functions of a buyer or purchasing agent. They ensure the supplies are ordered in time so that any delay in the supply chain does not shut down production and cause the organization to lose customers.

One of the buyer's main responsibilities is managing physical and digital purchasing records. Buyers work to obtain quotes and find specific requirements for their organization's needs. They negotiate pricing, as well as other conditions with vendors to ensure the best pricing and profit margin for their organization. They follow strict purchasing policies and procedures, as well as expedite orders and track deliveries to ensure company satisfaction. One of the buyer's main tools include a personal computer to create daily purchasing requisitions and reports, as well as send documents and orders for approval.

Salary Outlook: $37,850 to $123,460

Job Titles within the Buyer - Purchasing field:

  • Purchaser
  • Buyers
  • Purchasing Agents
  • Logisticians

Metal Fabricators

The Metal Fabricator - Welder performs a variety of duties and utilizes multiple skill sets. Fabricators are required to follow detailed instructions and drawings carefully, have basic mechanical knowledge, manual dexterity, good eyesight and the ability to perform repetitive tasks. Craftsmen are primarily responsible for various types of weld preparation, welding and fabrication of weldments, including cutting, grinding and finish welding operations.

The Metal Fabrication Technician has three levels of competency to be determined by performance, certifications, and supervisor discretion:

Basic metal fabrication skills
Proficient in metal fabrication
Proficient in metal fabrication with Welding Certification(s)

Job Functions

Metal fabricators are responsible for conducting fabrication work for their facilities, as well as maintaining equipment, keeping work areas clean, and ensuring that safety standards are met at all times. Basic daily duties include positioning and fitting parts to weld, reading blueprints to fabricate parts accurately, performing welds, and operating other fabrication equipment. These tools used by metal fabricators include grinders, drill presses, plasma cutters, shears, flame cutters, and others.

Salary Outlook: $25,940 to $59,040

Job titles in Metal Fabrication:

  • Assemblers
  • Industrial Machinery Mechanics
  • Machinery Maintenance Workers
  • Millwrights
  • Ironworkers
  • Sheet Metal Workers
  • Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers

Electro-Mechanical Technicians

Electro-mechanical technicians combine knowledge of mechanical technology with knowledge of electrical and electronic circuits. They operate, test, and maintain unmanned, automated, robotic, or electromechanical equipment. Electro-mechanical technicians test and operate machines in factories and other worksites. They also analyze and record test results, and prepare written documentation to describe the tests they performed and what the test results were.

Electro-mechanical technicians also test, operate, or maintain robotic equipment at worksites. This equipment may include unmanned submarines, aircraft, or similar types of equipment for uses that include oil drilling, deep-ocean exploration, or hazardous-waste removal. These technicians also work on energy projects involving solar power and wind. Demand for electro-mechanical technicians is likely to grow as demand increases for engineers to design and build new equipment in various fields.

Job Functions

Electro-mechanical technicians install, maintain, and repair automated machinery and computer-controlled mechanical systems in industrial settings. This kind of work requires knowledge and training in the application of photonics, the science of light. The technological aspects of the work have to do with the generation, control, and detection of the light waves so that the automated processes can proceed as designed by the engineers.

Salary Outlook: $36,550 to $87,970

Job Titles in Electro-Mechanical Technologies

  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians
  • Electrical and electronics Installers and Repairers
  • Machinists
  • Tool and Die Makers
  • Mechanical Engineering Technicians
  • Mechanical Engineers

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