Here are some common questions and information on how to get started.
While some courses still maintain a regular semester-based enrollment schedule, several other apprenticeship programs—including the popular production technology program—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.
Career areas offered in this program include production technology, mechatronics, welding, and technical departments such as HVAC repair and industrial machine maintenance. Additional program options will continue to become available as new businesses and companies open in northern Nevada and register as apprenticeship sponsors.
We anticipate that as more business locate or relocate their warehousing, manufacturing and headquartered operations in northern Nevada, the diversity of available programs will continue to grow.
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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.
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.
Applying to the apprentice program is highly competitive. Applying is easy and involves a few steps which are outlined below.
- 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.
- Include a resume with your Interest Form, outlining any relevant work experience or skills related to your preferred apprenticeship program.
- 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)
- CNC Machine Operator
- Industrial Maintenance Mechanic
- Personal Care Aide
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.
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
- 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.
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
- 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.
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.
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 Industrial Maintenance:
- Home Care Aide
- Home Health Aide