Metalworking Apprenticeship

The metalworking industry apprenticeship is an innovative competency-based training system, approved by the U.S. Department of Labor, that prepares workers for highly skilled and specialized occupations. The apprenticeship program is unique because it provides training in multiple areas of a highly skilled professions through on-the-job training and classroom instruction. The employer sponsor of the apprentice provides full-time employment and tailors the apprenticeship focus to meet their specific business requirements.

Employers

What is an employer sponsor?

An employer sponsor is an employer seeking to “grow their own” skilled work force. The Department of Labor (DOL) registered apprenticeship is business driven; the employer decides who to hire and sponsor in the apprenticeship. The employer sponsor may request the apprentice take additional technical courses in order to best match the company needs and determines an appropriate progressive wage scale for the apprentice.

Why become an employer sponsor?

  • Training standards are industry-driven; industry works directly with Northeast Iowa Community College, the program sponsor, to determine and maintain skill requirements.
  • Apprenticeships are the best of all worlds! It is a first class training system that combines on-the-job learning with hands-on technical instruction.
  • Apprenticeship training builds employee loyalty and dedication to the employer.

Students

Why be an apprentice?

  • Best way to become a highly skilled craftsmen
  • Guaranteed wage increases
  • High salaried careers
  • Current shortage of skilled trades workers means opportunity are available
  • The apprentice is guaranteed an increasing wage.
  • Improved skills and competencies.
  • Career advancement for registered apprentices.
  • Alignment with industry and workforce system goals and performance outcomes.
  • Provides technical and practical training
  • Establishes standards of proficiency through proven methodology
  • Provides training and certifications that meet industry standards

How do students learn more and register?

Students who are currently employed should talk to their employer about becoming an apprentice. Students who are not employed in manufacturing but are interested may enter the Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Operator Career Pathway Certificate or Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machinist Technician program. Completion of either of these programs will provide leverage toward receiving an employer apprenticeship sponsorship.

Acceptance Requirements

  • Submit registration and payment for class.
  • Attend the mandatory orientation.
  • Apprentice students are required to have an employer sponsor in order to participate in a metalworking apprenticeship.

Program Length

The length and pace of the apprenticeship is dependent on previous experience, aptitude and ambition, though the average length is four to five years, including a minimum of 144 hours of classroom training per year. Students with previous industry experience or who have taken related courses may enter the apprenticeship program with advanced standing and can expect to reach journey worker status more quickly.

Register or Become an Employer Sponsor

To participate in a current apprenticeship program or to create a new registered apprenticeship, contact:

Gregory Willging
District Economic Development Director

  • Email: willgingg@nicc.edu
  • Phone: 800.728.7367, ext. 128

Apprenticeship Options

Award

DOL Journey Worker Card

Location

Varies

Tuition and Fees

$3,000** per year

Salary Range

$34,268 - $47,333**

Description

Apprentices study sixteen subjects with the guidance of mentors and experts in advanced manufacturing processes and production, jig and fixture building, CNC turning and milling and other aspects of metal working. To successfully complete the program, the apprentice will demonstrate competence in all sixteen areas of instruction.

Coursework

CNC Set- Up Programmer
CourseHours
Safety 32
Quality Practices and Measurement 32
Manufacturing Process and Production 32
Maintenance Awareness 32
Blueprint Reading 64
Inspection 64
Bench Work 64
Manual Turning 64
Manual Milling 64
CNC Turning 64
CNC Milling 64
Surface Grinding 64
CAD Design and Modeling 64
CAM Programming 64
Jigs and Fixtures 32
Total Hours 800

**This amount reflects the estimated tuition and student fees based on rates at the time of publication. These rates do not include additional expenses (books, tools, supplies, living expenses, licensures, remedial or pre-requisite coursework or partnership tuition and fees, etc.) related to your NICC education. These rates are subject to change.

Award

DOL Journey Worker Card

Location

Varies

Tuition and Fees

$3,000** per year

Salary Range

$22,873 - $33,997*

Description

Apprentices study seventeen subjects with the guidance of mentors and experts in advanced manufacturing processes and production, mold componentry, surface grinding, turning and milling and other aspects of metal working. To successfully complete the program, the apprentice will demonstrate competence in all seventeen areas of instruction.

Coursework

Mold Maker
CourseHours
Safety 32
Quality Practices and Measurement 32
Manufacturing Process and Production 32
Maintenance Awareness 32
Blueprint Reading 64
Inspection 64
Bench Work 64
Manual Turning 64
Manual Milling 64
CNC Turning 64
CNC Milling 64
Surface Grinding 64
CAD Design and Modeling 64
CAM Programming 64
Jigs and Fixtures 32
EDM 64
Mold Componentry Trouble Shooting and Repair 128
Total Hours 992

**This amount reflects the estimated tuition and student fees based on rates at the time of publication. These rates do not include additional expenses (books, tools, supplies, living expenses, licensures, remedial or pre-requisite coursework or partnership tuition and fees, etc.) related to your NICC education. These rates are subject to change.

Award

DOL Journey Worker Card

Location

Varies

Tuition and Fees

$3,000** per year

Salary Range

$35,771 - $39,861*

Description

Apprentices study seventeen subjects with the guidance of mentors and experts in advanced manufacturing processes and production, tool and die componentry, surface grinding, turning and milling, CAD design and other aspects of metal working. To successfully complete the program, the apprentice will demonstrate competence in all seventeen areas of instruction.

Coursework

Tool and Die Maker
CourseHours
Safety 32
Quality Practices and Measurement 32
Manufacturing Process and Production 32
Maintenance Awareness 32
Blueprint Reading 64
Inspection 64
Bench Work 64
Manual Turning 64
Manual Milling 64
CNC Turning 64
CNC Milling 64
Surface Grinding 64
CAD Design and Modeling 64
CAM Programming 64
Jigs and Fixtures 32
EDM 64
Die Componentry Trouble Shooting and Repair 128
Total Hours 992

**This amount reflects the estimated tuition and student fees based on rates at the time of publication. These rates do not include additional expenses (books, tools, supplies, living expenses, licensures, remedial or pre-requisite coursework or partnership tuition and fees, etc.) related to your NICC education. These rates are subject to change.


*Source: EMSI; Salary range represents 10th percentile - median annual wage for related occupations ​within a 100-mile radius from the center distance between Calmar and Peosta campuses.