Student apprenticeships

Apprenticeships for current and future students

Apprenticeships at KCC prepare the next generation of tradespersons for the Klamath Basin and beyond. Apprentices are trained by current industry professionals through strategic partnerships with community businesses. Apprenticeships options include carpentry, cement mason, drywall taper/finisher, interior/exterior specialist, electrical, millwright, painter, and plumbing. Click the tabs to check the available apprenticeship programs offered at Klamath Community College.

Carpentry

Current partners

Students will identify and demonstrate the use of materials, fasteners, and adhesives in the trade, as well as, the use and care of basic hand and power tools. They will learn OSHA standards for safety and will leave the program with several industry certifications.

Employment info

2020 median pay: $23.81 per hour

Carpenters construct, repair, and install building frameworks and structures made from wood and other materials.

Carpenters work indoors and outdoors on many types of construction projects, from installing kitchen cabinets to building highways and bridges.

Cement Mason

Students will be required to understand the methods of properly placing concrete, as well as, the tools and techniques used in spreading, consolidating, and striking off concrete. They will demonstrate the use of floats, trowels, edgers, and groovers, in finishing concrete. They will be introduced to methods of curing and protecting concrete using various methods in different weather conditions. Students will be able to troubleshoot basic problems in placing, finishing, and curing concrete, and be able to articulate the symptoms, causes, and remedies for failures.

Employment info

2020 median pay: $22.94 per hour
 

Masonry workers use bricks, concrete and concrete blocks, and natural and man made stones to build structures.


Masonry work is physically demanding, requiring heavy lifting and long periods of standing, kneeling, and bending. Most masons work full time.

Drywall taper/finisher

Students will receive an overview of the commonly used materials and techniques used in building and finishing residential and commercial buildings, including wood- and steel-framed structures, masonry construction, and concrete-formed structures. They will learn to read the basic elements of construction drawing and know common components of drawings, the most common drawing types, and the use of drawing scales.

Employment info

2020 median pay: $23.47 per hour

Drywall and ceiling tile installers hang wallboard and install ceiling tile inside buildings. Tapers prepare the wallboard for painting.

Drywall installers, ceiling tile installers, and tapers work indoors. Workers spend most of the day standing, bending, or reaching, and they often must lift and maneuver heavy wallboard.

Electrician

Current partners

Students will have an understanding of Electrical Fundamentals, Basic Electricity, Basic Electrical Circuits, Electrical Systems and Protection, Alternating Current, Motors, Generators, and Transformers.

 

Employment info

2020 median pay: $27.36 per hour

Electricians install, maintain, and repair electrical power, communications, lighting, and control systems.

Almost all electricians work full time. Work schedules may include evenings and weekends. Overtime is common.

Interior/Exterior specialist

Current partners

Students will receive an overview of the materials and techniques used in building and finishing residential and commercial buildings, including wood and steel framed structures, masonry construction, and concrete-formed structures. They will learn to read the basic elements of construction drawing and know common components of drawings, the most common drawing types, and the use of drawing scales.

Employment info

2020 median pay: $23.81 per hour

Commercial finish carpentry

Carpenters work indoors and outdoors on many types of construction projects, from installing kitchen cabinets to building highways and bridges.

Millwright

Millwrights install conveyor systems, escalators, giant electrical turbines and generators. Millwrights are skilled construction mechanics who study and interpret blueprints, and use machine tools and precision instruments, working to specifications requiring tolerances to a thousandth of an inch. They work primarily with metals using precision machinery and equipment.

Employment info

2020 median pay: $26.40 per hour

Industrial machinery mechanics, machinery maintenance workers, and millwrights install, maintain, and repair factory equipment and other industrial machinery.

Workers in this occupation must follow safety precautions and use protective equipment, such as hardhats, safety glasses, and hearing protectors. Most work full time in manufacturing facilities. However, they may be on call and work night or weekend shifts. Overtime is common.

Painter

Current partners

Students will describe and demonstrate preparation methods for all common surfaces and the functions of sealants and fillers. They will exhibit the ability to follow manufacturer’s instructions, understand the function of various paints and coatings, demonstrate proficiency in the selection and use of all common paint applicators, and recognize the symptoms, cause, and remedies of coating failures.

Employment info

2020 median pay: $20.25 per hour

Painters apply paint, stain, and coatings to walls and ceilings, buildings, large machinery and equipment, and bridges and other structures.

Painters work indoors and outdoors. Painting is physically demanding and requires a lot of bending, kneeling, reaching, and climbing. Those who paint bridges or buildings may work at extreme heights or in uncomfortable positions.

Plumbing

Current partners

Plumbers assemble, install and repair pipes, fittings, medical gas systems and fixtures of heating, water and drainage systems, such as sinks, commodes, bathtubs, water heaters, hot water tanks, garbage disposal units, dishwashers and water according to specifications and plumbing codes. They locate and mark the position of pipe, pipe connections and passage holes for pipes in walls and floors using ruler, spirit level and plumb bob.

Employment info

2020 median pay: $27.08 per hour

Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters install and repair piping fixtures and systems.

Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters work in factories, homes, businesses, and other places where there are pipes and related systems. Plumbers are often on call for emergencies, so evening and weekend work is common.
What are the minimum educational requirements for apprenticeship?
Most apprenticeship programs require applicants to have a high school diploma or GED certificate. Some occupations require completion of specific subjects such as algebra.
 
Who can apply for apprenticeship?
Anyone who meets the apprenticeship committee's qualifications may apply.
 
Who pays for classroom training?
It varies among different occupations, industries and employers. In some cases, apprentices pay the cost of related training. In other cases, employers pay the training costs.
 
What other costs must be paid by the apprentice?
Costs vary depending on the program. It's important for apprentices to have reliable transportation available in order to get to a job on time, travel from job site to job site or run errands associated with the job. Many programs require that apprentices have a basic tool kit and/or appropriate work clothes, work boots and safety equipment, such as gloves or goggles. Some programs supply or pay for these requirements and others do not. It's important to talk with the committee about the requirements, the costs to the apprentice and whether there is any financial help available.
 
What are some of the career opportunities open to journey workers?
Highly trained journey workers are sought by industry for well-paying jobs. Many journey workers advance to become supervisors or superintendents. Others, with additional years of advanced studies, go on to become technicians and engineers. Many opportunities for advancement exist, depending on the ability, attitude, and ambition of the individual.
 
How do I prepare for apprenticeship?
Today's competitive industries require employees, who are able to perform technical tasks, exercise good judgment and possess a strong work ethic. The importance of a well-rounded high school education cannot be over emphasized. A strong background in math and science is important. Good attendance is a necessity.
 
How do I receive my on-the-job training?
After becoming indentured as an apprentice, you'll be assigned to an employer who is registered as a training agent with the committee. Such "training agents" have promised to provide the on-the-job training and supervision according to approved industry standards. The employer evaluates progress and makes recommendations to the apprenticeship committee regarding your advancement in the program.

 
What is my relationship with the apprenticeship committee?
As an apprentice, you make a registration agreement (become indentured) with your apprenticeship committee. The committee's responsibility is to provide the opportunity for you to become a skilled journey worker in the occupation you've chosen. The committee must assure that you're treated and evaluated fairly during your apprenticeship. The committee decides what employer you are assigned to, when you advance in the program and what rules and policies you must follow. You have the responsibility to fully participate in the apprenticeship program by working cooperatively with the training agent you've been assigned to, to complete all of your related training classes, and to follow the committee's rules and policies. If you have any questions, please contact the apprenticeship coordinator.

 

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Contact the Director of Apprenticeships

Mark Griffith
griffithm@klamathcc.edu
541-880-2261