Machinist Apprenticeship

About the Career

Machines allow industry to produce large quantities of materials quickly, precisely, and cost-effectively. But without high-skilled operators, the machines are useless. That's where you come in. The Machinist Apprenticeship program is an employer-sponsored, hands-on training program in which you'll learn all phases of the machinist occupation. If you're interested in working with mechanical equipment and following precise plans to produce materials of the highest quality, becoming a journey-level machinist may be the perfect career for you. According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities for machinists will be good, especially for those with strong mechanical and math skills. As experienced machinists leave the workforce for retirement or other careers, job opportunities will continue to be available.

About this apprenticeship

2023-2024 Program Courses

2024-2025 Program Courses


The Machinist Apprenticeship requires 8,000 work hours - 7,568 on the job and 432 in paid-related instruction. In addition, 8 hours of unpaid-related night school is required.


You can get an idea of what other Lakeshore program graduates are paid by reviewing the Lakeshore graduate follow-up survey.


Approximate costs include tuition ($2,100) and books ($600).


Companies in the Lakeshore district that employ machinists include:

  • Alaark Tooling & Automation Inc.
  • Ariens Company
  • Curt G. Joa Inc.
  • H. G. Weber & Co. Inc.
  • Jagemann Stamping Co.
  • LDI Industries Inc.
  • Manitowoc Tool & Machining
  • Rhine Machining & Fabricating
  • Wisconsin Aluminum Foundry
  • Wisconsin Steel and Tube Corp

Upon successful completion of this apprenticeship, you will receive:

  1. A Certificate of Completion of paid-related Instruction from Lakeshore
  2. A Certificate of Completion of the Apprenticeship from the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards
  3. A Journeyworker card from the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards
  4. Eligibility to transfer 39 credits into a Journeyworker Technical Studies Associate Degree

What are the steps to apply?

Step 1:

You must have a sponsoring employer before receiving an apprentice contract and being invited to school. Discuss with your employer your desire to enter the apprenticeship for this trade. Your employer should contact the local Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards - Apprenticeship Training Representative (ATR) and discuss next steps and procedures. The ATR for our area is:

Ryan Herber - Apprenticeship Training Representative
Lakeshore Technical College
1290 North Avenue
Cleveland, WI 53015-1414
Work: 920.693.1102

Step 2:

Specifics for the apprenticeship contract are worked out between you, your employer, and the ATR (Apprenticeship Training Representative).

Step 3:

Once everything is in order, a Wisconsin Apprentice Contract is issued and you will than be invited to school.

Frequently Asked Questions about apprenticeships