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Apprenticeships

With an apprenticeship, you start with a job and build a career. An employer hires you and then you enroll in an apprenticeship program. Over the next two to five years, you'll learn everything you need through in-class and on-the-job training. The best part – you get paid! 

Explore all of FVTC's apprenticeship options below.

Apprenticeships

Electrician Apprentice (ABC) (A)

16 Credits Location: Appleton

Electricians work on residential, commercial and industrial projects providing electrical service. Once employed, you can enroll in this apprenticeship and will learn how to install new wiring and other fixtures such as breaker boxes, switches and motor controls. Through a combination of on-the-job training and classroom instruction, you’ll gain skills to install equipment for generating, transforming and distributing electricity. You’ll also learn to plan and lay out electrical systems around the work of other trades. This program involves some paid and some unpaid instruction. The electrician apprenticeship is a multiple year commitment that leads to a stable, well-paid career.

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Operating Engineer Apprentice (A)

11.75 Credits Location: Wautoma

Want to learn to operate heavy equipment and work outdoors? This apprenticeship prepares you to operate cranes, dozers, scrapers, loaders, motor graders, tractor loader backhoes and more. As an operating engineer, you’ll work on construction projects such as commercial and residential developments, dams, roadways, etc. Or you could work in plants that produce rock, sand and gravel, or clean up hazardous waste sites. You’ll learn blueprint reading, how to maintain your equipment and safe work site procedures. This program requires you to first be employed before starting your on-the-job and classroom instruction.

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Plumbing Apprentice (A)

16 Credits Location: Appleton

Plumbers work on residential, commercial and industrial projects providing potable water and sanitary drain and vent systems. In this program, you will learn the proper installation techniques for these systems, and through a combination of on-the-job training and classroom instruction, you’ll gain the skills to install the associated piping, fittings and fixtures, and the code knowledge related to the trade. You’ll also learn to plan and lay out plumbing systems around the work of other trades. This program involves both paid and unpaid instruction and requires you to first be employed before starting your on-the-job and classroom instruction.

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Steamfitting Apprentice (A)

16 Credits Location: Appleton

A steamfitter constructs, installs and repairs pipes and equipment made to withstand high pressure. You'll learn how to install wet heating systems, ventilation, refrigeration and air conditioning in residential, commercial and industrial buildings. You’ll gain welding and pipefitting skills, along with a thorough knowledge of the principles of heating and cooling and all temperature controls. This program requires you to first be employed and involves five years of on-the-job training and classroom instruction.

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Cosmetology Apprentice (A)

9.5 Credits Location: Appleton

Have you decided on a career as a barber or cosmetologist? Are you already employed in the field? If so, this apprenticeship can provide two years of on-the-job training and classroom instruction that will prepare you for Wisconsin's licensure exam. In addition to legal and safety issues, you'll learn about skin care, manicuring, coloring, perming, waving and hair styling. You'll also study and practice hair cutting and styling techniques along with the proper use of equipment.

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Industrial Electrician Apprentice (A)

20 Credits Location: Appleton

If you enjoy solving problems and have a strong work ethic, this might be a good career fit for you. Industrial electricians maintain and repair many different types of electrical equipment. In addition, you will install and modify electrical equipment on motors, transformers, generators, controls, instruments, lighting systems and power distributers. You’ll learn how to use devices like test lamps, volt-ohm meters and oscilloscopes, and will gain skills working from blueprints, drawings and diagrams. You’ll also learn to make mathematical computations to determine the current carrying capacities of electrical wire and equipment. Other skills for this career include troubleshooting AC and DC drives and programmable logic controllers. This program requires you to first be employed and involves four years of on-the-job and classroom instruction.

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Machinist Apprentice (A)

12 Credits Location: Appleton

There are many employment opportunities for skilled machinists in the Fox Valley region. Machinists operate various machine tools like lathes, milling machines, drill presses, planers and grinders. Many of today's machine tools are operated using computer numeric control (CNC) technology. As a fully trained machinist, you will program, edit and operate CNC machine tools. You'll also learn how to read and interpret blueprints, troubleshoot problems and understand manufacturing processes. This program requires you to first be employed and includes four years of on-the-job training and classroom instruction.

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Maintenance Mechanic/Millwright Apprentice (A)

16 Credits Location: Appleton

The maintenance mechanic/millwright is the key person in many metalworking and manufacturing plants that use heavy equipment and machinery. As a maintenance mechanic/millwright you will install, dismantle, repair and replace units to keep production running smoothly. You may also plan the layout of new machinery or construct or repair machine parts. You’ll learn how to safely use machine tools such as engine lathes, drill presses and hand tools. You’ll also learn how to repair equipment in the plant, as well as estimate the cost of moving jobs or installations of new equipment. This program requires you to first be employed and involves four years of on-the-job training and classroom instruction.

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Maintenance Technician Apprentice (A)

24 Credits Location: Appleton

If you enjoy working with your hands, this could be a good career choice for you. Maintenance technicians work on mechanical and electrical equipment and machines in paper mills, foundries, production mills, food processing, schools and hospitals. Your work could include installing equipment, repairing and replacing units, and maintaining equipment. You’ll learn how to use measuring devices, lathes, drill presses and various hand tools. You’ll also learn about electrical drawings, electrical motors, programmable logic controllers and solid state devices. This program requires you to first be employed before starting your on-the-job and classroom instruction.

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Pipe Fabricator Apprentice (A)

12.5 Credits Location: Appleton

A pipe fabricator typically works in a fabrication shop with overhead cranes and hoists, a variety of hand tools, grinders and cutting equipment. In this apprenticeship program, you’ll learn how to install pipe, weld carbon steel and stainless steel pipe, and do layout work for pipe, vessels and tanks. You’ll also learn heat treating and weld inspection, along with blueprint reading, math, metallurgy, spool drawings, pipe flanges and arc flash. Your training will help you become a skilled welder. This program requires you to first be employed and involves five years of on-the-job training and related instruction.

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Pipefitting Apprentice (A)

16 Credits Location: Appleton

In the Fox Valley area, pipefitters are primarily employed in the papermaking industry, though there are other businesses that require the installation, repair and servicing of pressure piping and similar equipment. A pipefitter will lay out, cut and bend pipes. You will learn how to install, test, maintain and repair high- or low-pressure piping systems. You’ll also learn how to cut, heat and bend metal. Your training will give you a thorough knowledge of pipe characteristics, particularly related to high or low pressure and chemicals. You’ll also learn the principles of hydraulics and gain welding and soldering skills. This program requires you to first be employed and involves four years of on-the-job training and classroom instruction.

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Tool & Die Apprentice (A)

16 Credits Location: Appleton

Tool and die makers produce the tools, dies and special guiding and holding devices used for mass production in metalworking industries. You’ll learn to use computer numerical control (CNC) and computer-aided design (CAD) technology to design and manufacture these products. Other skills you’ll gain include blueprint reading, machine techniques and welding. This program requires you to first be employed and involves five years of on-the-job training and classroom instruction.

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Steamfitting Service Apprentice (A)

16 Credits Location: Appleton

Steamfitters doing refrigeration and service work will install, maintain, troubleshoot, diagnose and service systems for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration. You could work in a variety of industries on equipment and controls for piping systems that carry water, steam, chemicals, compressed air, liquid gasses or fuel. You’ll learn about blueprint reading, specifications and rigging equipment. You’ll also learn how to measure, cut, bend, prepare and join all types of pipe. Your training will cover pressure testing for leaks, as well as the detection of problems in electronic, pneumatic, digital, electrical, software or programmable logic controls. This program requires you to first be employed and involves five years of on-the-job training and classroom instruction.

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Lubrication Technician Apprentice (A)

9.2 Credits Location: Appleton

As a Lubrication Technician apprentice, you'll work with industrial machinery and equipment components. You'll learn to adhere to safety and industry standards, and demonstrate safe work practices. In related training, you'll learn to compare greases, oils, hydraulic fluids and other lubricants; perform general lubrication, operate hydraulic and central lube oil systems; and perform preventative maintenance. This program requires you to first be employed before starting your on-the-job and classroom instruction.

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Electrical & Instrumentation Apprentice (A)

28 Credits Location: Appleton

As an Electrical & Instrumentation Technician, you’ll be the one who installs, services, troubleshoots, and performs preventive and predictive maintenance functions on equipment. Your training will include maintenance and installation of motors, starters, motor control centers, programmable controllers, control panels, electrical control systems and transformers. You’ll also learn how to repair, test, adjust, calibrate and install industrial controls. This apprenticeship-training program requires you to first be employed so you can get the most out of on-the-job learning with related instruction in a classroom

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Industrial Manufacturing Technician Apprentice (A)

7.5 Credits Location: Appleton

As an entry-level industrial manufacturing technician, you’ll operate industrial production-related equipment, work with manufacturing-related tools and perform work processes related to a wide variety of manufacturing settings. As an apprentice, you’ll learn to set up, operate, monitor and control production equipment, as well as, help improve manufacturing processes and schedules to meet customer requirements. This apprenticeship-training program requires you to first be employed so you can get the most out of on-the-job learning with related instruction in a classroom. When you complete the program, you’ll be ready for journey-level work.

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