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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 three 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—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.
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. In this program, related classroom instruction, technical training or other certified training is provided by TMCC or WNC. The goal is to provide workers with advanced skillsets that meet the specific needs of employers.
The company offering the apprenticeship program will recruit, interview and hire eligible candidates. Once a student joins the company as an employee, they will facilitate the student's enrollment in the TMCC or WNC classroom education portion of the program.
Apprentices earn competitive wages - the average starting wage is $15 per hour. Apprentices can enjoy incremental pay increases as they become more proficient. The average wage for a fully proficient worker who completed an apprenticeship translates to approximately $50,000 annually. 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.
Apprenticeships are highly active in traditional industries such as construction and manufacturing, but they are also instrumental in the training and development for new high-tech, hands-on advanced manufacturing jobs like the ones we see moving to northern Nevada.

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.
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).
Locally, Nevada's Apprenticeship Project is just launching. Select companies in the region have expressed interest in sponsoring an apprenticeship program including Renown Health, Lincoln Electric, Alsco, Gyford Standoff Systems, and many others.

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.
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 WNC Financial Assistance and GI Bill benefits
Currently, none of the apprentice programs offered require students to purchase any special equipment.
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 student advisor, he/she determines that the company culture, the responsibilities, skills or work required by the apprenticeship position do 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, which, ideally, has developed 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 Industrial Maintenance:

  • Home Care Aide
  • Home Health Aide

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