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.
- Machinist (aircraft oriented) – 4 year
- Precision metal fabricator – 2 year
- Tool & die maker – 5 year
- Industrial maintenance technician – 4 year
- Plastic process technician – 4 year
- Industrial Manufacturing Technician – 18 months
- CNC Programmer – 3 year
- Production Technician and Maintenance and Automation Technician (Youth) – 1 year
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.
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 Robotics Technician – 4 year
- Model Maker – 4 year
- NC Spar Mill Operator – 4 year
- Tool & Cutter Grinder – 4 year
- Tool & Die
- Tooling Inspector – 4 year
Eligibility and application information is located on the website.
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.
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/
Eligibility and application information is on the CITC website.
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.
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.
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
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.
Jack Laher, Apprenticeship Coordinator
Western Washington Masonry Trades (Bricklayers, Pointer/Cleaners/Caulkers, Terrazzo Worker, Marble and Tile Setters)
The Masonry trades include six programs listed below along with the length of the program.
- Bricklayer – brick, block and stone – 4 years
- Tile layers – all types of ceramic – 4 years
- Marble Masons – marble, granite and other stones – 4 years
- Pointer, Cleaner and Caulker – all types of masonry restoration – 4 years
- Finishers – Brick, tile, marble, terrazzo – 2.5 years
- Terrazzo Workers – Floors, steps, and more - 4 years
Eligibility and application information can be found on the Western Washington Masonry Trades Brochure.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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
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
Glaziers & Glassworkers – Residential & 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
Painting – Commercial & Industrial
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
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
Eligibility and application information is located on the website, ftinw.org/.