Maintenance Technician Apprenticeship
About the Career
Maintenance technicians work in industrial manufacturing and safely perform mechanical and electrical duties to keep machines, equipment, or the structure of a facility in repair. The Maintenance Technician Apprenticeship program is employer-sponsored. This program combines the on-the-job hands-on training with related training at the technical college. Some hands-on training is used to reinforce the related training. Thus, skills are developed to help the technician keep machines and equipment operating and productive. If you like to maintain, repair, and troubleshoot problems and put theory to work, a career as a maintenance technician may be your ticket to success. According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities for Maintenance Technicians are expected to be good as demand outpaces the supply of trained workers.
About this apprenticeship
The Maintenance Technician Apprenticeship requires 10,000 work hours - 8,704 on the job and 1,296 in paid-related instruction. In addition, 8 hours of unpaid-related night school is required.
To get an idea of current wages in the construction trades, visit www.newbt.org. 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 ($6,500) and books ($4,000).
Companies in the Lakeshore district who currently employ Maintenance Technicians include:
- Ariens Company
- Johnsonville Sausage LLC
- Lakeside Foods, Inc
- Masters Gallery Foods Inc.
- Rockline Industries
- SACO Polymers
- Sargento Foods Inc.
- Sartori Co.
- Skana Aluminum Co
- The Vollrath Co. LLC
- Wisconsin Aluminum Foundry
Upon successful completion of this apprenticeship, you will receive:
- A Certificate of Completion of paid-related Instruction from Lakeshore
- A Certificate of Completion of the Apprenticeship from the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards
- A Journeyworker card from the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards
- Eligibility to transfer 39 credits into a Journeyworker Technical Studies Associate Degree
What are the steps to apply?
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
Specifics for the apprenticeship contract are worked out between you, your employer, and the ATR (Apprenticeship Training Representative).
Once everything is in order, a Wisconsin Apprentice Contract is issued and you will then be invited to school.