Trade and Apprentice

About Our Program

Provides the related trades instructional classes for registered Department of Labor and other industrial apprentices involved in the manufacturing technologies of transportation based manufacturing. Apprentices in these skilled trade classifications take courses defined by their employer or joint apprentice committee. They also must complete the on-the-job hours of work and skills certification to qualify for journey-person certification or the equivalent. Apprentice certificate educational programs are typically 38 credit hours or longer in duration. Apprentice or Journeymen students may also be eligible to apply credits earned in their trade's educational programs toward the 60 credit hours required for the degree.

Covers how to develop skills in areas such as industrial electrical, mechanical, robot maintenance, welding, and hydraulics. Course work and laboratory experiences will be provided that support skills in the area of self-directed work teams.

Each major curriculum leads to a certificate of completion and verification to sponsoring companies that the apprentice or trainee has completed the required related instruction. A student must complete at least 576 contact hours of course work in an approved curriculum to be eligible for the certificate. Most students can complete a program of instruction in three to four years by attending one to two days or evenings per week, although this varies by curriculum. The names of the major available curricula are listed below:

  • Automotive/Truck Mechanic
  • Die Maker
  • Electrician/Commercial & Residential
  • Electrician/Industrial
  • Industrial Truck Repair
  • Instrumentation
  • Machine Repair/Maintenance
  • Machine Repair/Machinist
  • Machinist
  • Maintenance
  • MAT2® Michigan Advanced Technician Training Program
  • Metal Model Maker
  • Metal Patternmaker
  • Millwright
  • Plumber
  • Plumber/Pipe Fitter
  • Sheet Metal Worker
  • Tool & Die Maker
  • Tool Maker
  • Welding
  • Wood Pattern Maker
  • Skilled upgrade courses and retraining courses may be customized to suit the requirements of individual corporate clients.


Joseph Skupin
Trade and Apprentice Coordinator
B.S., Wayne State University; M.S., Wayne State University