Apprenticeship Training Programs

More than 3,000 apprentices from over 50 different trades attend classes weekdays, evenings and Saturdays at the Georgetown Campus of South Seattle College. All apprenticeship training programs listed below partner with South Seattle College to receive college credit for the related supplemental instruction portion of the programs.

South Seattle College offers a pathway for Apprentices to earn an Associate of Applied Science - Transfer (AAS-T) Degree in Multi-Occupational Trades. See Degree Options for Apprentices.

Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC)

AJAC offers seven adult and two youth apprenticeship programs for Washington State's booming aerospace and advanced manufacturing industries. Length of program listed below and program description listed on website links below.

Eligibility

AJAC apprenticeships are only available to employees who work for one of their partnering companies. If you currently work for a manufacturing company AJAC has not partnered with, contact AJAC to see if that company would like to join the apprenticeship program.

Washington State aerospace and manufacturing employers who participate in AJAC's apprenticeship program are looking for candidates who have the skills and knowledge necessary to qualify for entry-level jobs in advanced manufacturing. If you don't have these skills or need a refresher course, you can get these skills in 10 weeks with a pre-apprenticeship training program that is free for most students. AJAC offers the Manufacturing Academy at the South Seattle College Georgetown Campus.

Lan West, Apprentice Services Coordinator
Phone: 206.737.8341
Email: info@ajactraining.org
Website: ajactraining.org

IAM/Boeing Joint Apprenticeship

IAM/Boeing Joint Apprenticeship program offers twelve trades related to aircraft fabrication and equipment maintenance. Length of program listed below. IAM/Boeing Joint Apprenticeship website.

  • Blue Streak Mechanic – 4 year
  • Composite Manufacturing Technician – 4 year
  • Industrial Electronic Maintenance Technician – 5 year
  • Machine Tool Maintenance Mechanic – 4 year
  • Maintenance Machinist – 4 year
  • Manufacturing Machinist – 4 year
  • Metal Structures Technician – 4 year
  • Model Maker – 4 year
  • NC Skin Mill Operator – 4 year
  • NC Spar Mill Operator – 4 year
  • Tool & Cutter Grinder – 4 year
  • Tool & Die Maker – 5 year
  • Tooling Inspector – 4 year

Eligibility and application information is located on the website.

Phone: 253.657.2518
Email: apprenticeship@boeing.com
Website: iam-boeing-apprenticeship.com

International Brotherhood of Boilermakers

Boilermakers are complete metal fabricators who build and repair ships, fishing boats, ferries, barges, cranes, offshore drilling platforms, boilers, tanks, pressure vessels, plate and structural fabrications. Boilermakers perform welding, automatic and manual burning, blueprint reading, layout and template making, CAD (computer aided drawings), rigging, operation of mobile and stationary cranes, operation of shears, brakes, rolls, drill press, saws and all other metal fabrication equipment. 

Program length 3 years.

Eligibility and application Information is located on the website.

Mark Eaton, Training Trust Coordinator
Phone: 206.624.4707
Email: apprenticeship@boilermakerslocal104.org
Website: local104apprenticeship.org/

CITC - Construction Industry Training Council of Washington

Technological advances have created new improvements, ideas, and processes. The construction industry is in need of individuals with a complete knowledge of the practical and technical aspects of their trade. Regardless of the trade you choose, CITC’s apprenticeship training will prepare you for a career in which individual ability and skill is recognized and rewarded. CITC offers ten building trades apprenticeships.  Length of program listed below and program descriptions can be found at, citcwa.org/apprenticeship/

  • Carpentry – 4 year
  • Electrical 01 – Commercial Inside Wireman – 2 year
  • Electrical 02 – Residential Inside Wireman – 2 year
  • Electrical 06 – Low Energy/Sound & Communication Technician – 2+ year
  • Heavy Equipment Operator – 3 year
  • HVAC – 4 years
  • Construction Craft Laborers – 3 year
  • Painting – 3 year
  • Plumbing – 5 year
  • Sheet Metal – 4.5 year

Eligibility and application information is on the website.

Phone: 425.452.1950
Email: citc@citcwa.org
Website: citcwa.org/apprenticeship/

Cement Masons & Plasterers

Cement Masons are responsible for all concrete construction and repair, including pouring apprentices laying cement and finishing of slabs, steps, curbs, sidewalks and other structures requiring specific grades, slopes, and shapes. They also work with terrazzo, polymers and other synthetics for topping, repair, and injection. Cement Masons are responsible for all preparation and repairing of concrete. They also set forms and pins for slabs, steps, curbs, gutters, and paving.

Program length 3+ years.

View eligibility and application information.

Plasterers provide the interior and exterior finishes of buildings and houses, using primarily hand tools and a wide variety of materials. Machines are also used to apply plastering materials, but handcraft skills are the majority of the work. Conventional plaster, veneer plaster, stucco, exterior insulated finish systems, and fireproofing are but a few of the products that are used in the plastering industry.

Program length 3.5 years.

View eligibility and application information.

Tommy Parson, Training Director
Phone: 206.762.9286
Email: concretetraining@trowelout.org
Website: opcmialocal528.org

Puget Sound Electrical

Construction electricians and residential electricians work in all phases of the electrical construction and service industry, including low voltage/sound and communication. Their work includes repair and maintenance on all electrical installations. Puget Sound Electrical has three programs. Program length listed below and program descriptions can be found on the Puget Sound Electrical Apprenticeship website

  • Inside Wireman (construction) Electrician – 5 year Associate Degree
  • Residential Electrician – 2 year
  • Limited Energy/Sound and Communication Electrician – 3 year

Eligibility and application information located on the website.

Clay Tschillard, Training Director 
Phone: 425.228.1777 
Email: clay@psejatc.org 
Website: psejatc.org/default.aspx 

Snohomish County PUD #1

  • System Operator – 4.5 year
  • Lineman – 3.5 year
  • Maintenance Mechanic – 3 year
  • Meterman – 3  year
  • Utility Mechanic – 4 year
  • Utility Wireman – 4 year

Contact program administrator for eligibility and application information.

Julie Mainstone, Program Administrator
Phone: 425.783.5035
Email: jkmainstone@snopud.com
Website: careers.snopud.com

Iron Workers

Ironworkers erect the structural framework for high rise buildings, bridges, power plants and towers. They also place reinforcing steel in concrete forms for roadways, foundations and structures. Welding, ornamental, rigging and machinery moving are also a part of this trade.

Program length 4 years.

Eligibility and application information is found on the website.

James Owens, Apprenticeship Coordinator
Phone: 206.244.2993
Email: local86@local86.org
Website: iw86appr.org

Western Washington Masonry Trades (Bricklayers, Caulkers, Marble and Tile Setters)

The Masonry trades include seven programs listed below along with the length of the program.

  • Bricklayer – brick, block and stone – 3 year
  • Tile layers – all types of ceramic – 3.5 year
  • Marble Masons – marble, granite and other stones – 3 year
  • Pointer, Cleaner and Caulker – all types of masonry restoration – 3 year
  • Finishers – Brick, tile, marble, terrazzo – 2.5 year
  • Terrazzo Workers – Floors, steps, and more - 3.5 year

Eligibility and application information can be found on the Western Washington Masonry Trades Brochure

Lowell Glodowski
Phone: 206.768.8333
Email: wwmtrades@msn.com

Meat Cutters

Retail meat cutters are involved in the production of fresh and frozen meat products, such as beef, pork, lamb, fish, poultry and cured and smoked items. Also learn merchandising, customer relations and management.

Contact Coordinator for information regarding program length, eligibility and application process.

Greg Brooks, Coordinator
Phone: 206.816.4576
Email: gregr.brooks@gmail.com
Website: ufcw21.org/meat

Seattle City Light Electrical Workers

Electrical utility workers construct and maintain electric transmissions and distribution facilities that deliver electricity to residential and commercial buildings.  City Light offers five apprenticeship programs listed below along with program length.

  • Cable Splicer – 4 year
  • Electrician Constructor – 4 year
  • Generation Electrician Constructor – 4 year
  • Hydroelectric Maintenance Machinist – 4 year
  • Meter Electrician – 3 year

Eligibility and Application information is located on the website.

Seattle City Light offers a class called Basic Electricity and Applied Math (BEAM) for applicants who feel they do not meet ONE of the conditions listed under ‘Minimum Requirements and Conditions”. Successful completion of a BEAM class qualifies you to apply for a City Light apprenticeship if you meet the eligibility requirements.  More information about the program is located on the website.

Michiko Starks, Apprenticeship Manager
Phone: 206.386.1603
Email: michiko.starks@seattle.gov; SCL_Apprenticeship@seattle.gov
Website: City Light Apprentices

Sprinkler Fitters

The principle function of a Sprinkler Fitter is the installation of Fire Protection systems. This includes underground supply piping, which is connected to an integrated overhead piping system for suppression of fire. Safety is first and foremost; therefore you will be trained in the care and proper use of tools and equipment. These will range from pipe wrenches and pipe threading machines to welding equipment and man lifts.  Program length is 5 years.

Eligibility and application information is located on the website.

Steve Miller, Apprenticeship Coordinator
Phone: 206.764.0395
Email: school699@outlook.com
Website: sprinklerfitters669.org

Finishing Trades Institute Northwest

FTINW offers registered apprenticeship and journey training and testing in the Finishing Trades, Commercial and Residential Glazing and Architectural Metal, Commercial and Marine/Industrial/Certified Application Specialist Painting, Floor Covering, Drywall Finishing, and Traffic Control Striping.

Drywall Finishing – 3 year

Drywall Finishers fill joints between drywall panels with joint compound, tape joints, and corners, and specially prepare drywall and other surfaces to be painted. Walls, soffits, columns, and curved and arched work areas are prepared to high levels of finish. The work of a drywall finisher is physically demanding. To work on ceilings and elevated areas, installers and tapers stand on stilts, ladders, or scaffolds.

Eric Palmer, Drywall Coordinator
Phone: 425.750.3353
Email: ericp@ftinw.org

Floorcovering – 4 year

Floor Coverers measure, cut, and install carpet, artificial turf, linoleum, soft tile, vinyl, wood, and laminate flooring, laminate countertops, and wainscoting. Work is often completed in office, homes, hospitals, stores, restaurants, athletic fields, and many structures.

Todd Pierce, Apprenticeship Coordinator
Phone: 206.794.2393
Email: todd@ftinw.org

Glaziers & Glassworkers – 3  year residential, 4 year - commercial

Architectural metal and glass workers, called glaziers, are responsible for selecting, cutting, installing, replacing, and removing all types of glass and architectural metal. Glaziers work in all sections of construction including commercial, industrial, and residential. Skills needed to become a Glazier include manual dexterity, eye-hand coordination, the ability to solve arithmetic problems quickly and accurately, physical fitness, and a good sense of balance.

Doug Wagner, Training Coordinator
Email: DougW@ftinw.org
Phone: 206.930.7992

Painting – 4 year

Painters and Decorators apply decorative and protective finishes in residential, commercial, and institutional settings. They prepare a variety of surfaces (wood, masonry, drywall, plaster, concrete, synthetics, stucco, and metal) prior to the application of materials such as paint, high-performance coatings, waterproofing, fireproofing, varnish, shellac, wall coverings and special decorative finishes. Marine/Industrial/CAS Painters apply protective finishes in marine, industrial, highway, bridge, pipeline, and institutional settings. They clean, wash, blast, and prepare a variety of surfaces (often concrete and metal) prior to the application of materials such as epoxies, urethanes, and other high performance coatings.

Dave Jones, Training Coordinator
Email: davej@ftinw.org

Striping – 4 year

A striper prepares surfaces and applies paint on asphalt. Projects include painting traffic directional signs and lines on streets and highways, painting bike lanes, school crossing and crosswalks, runways, and play surfaces. Stripers work outdoors and work can be weather dependent. Traffic control painters may be required to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License to drive and operate on-the-road striping equipment.

Eric Palmer, Striping Coordinator
Email: ericp@ftinw.org
Phone: 425.750.3353

Eligibility and application information is located on the website, ftinw.org/.