Trade and Apprentice

About Our Program

Our goal is to provide related trades and instructional classes for registered Department of Labor and other industrial apprentices involved in transportation-based manufacturing technologies that benefit both the employer and the apprentice. Our apprentices are students who have identified to their existing employer that they want to increase their skill-set through classroom learning and on-the-job training.

Apprentices in these skilled trade classifications take courses identified by their employer or joint apprentice committee. We cover how to develop skills in the following areas of concentration: industrial, electrical, mechanical, robot maintenance, welding, and hydraulics. Coursework and laboratory experiences are provided to support skills in the self-directed work teams.

Apprentice certificate education programs typically have a minimum duration of 38 credit hours. Skills certification and on-the-job work hours are also required to qualify for the journey-person certification or its equivalent. Each major curriculum leads to a certificate of completion and verification to the apprentice’s employer that the required, related instruction is complete. A student must finish at least 576 contact hours of coursework in an approved curriculum to be eligible for a certificate.

Most students can complete a program of instruction in 3-4 years by attending 1-2 day or evening classes per week, although this varies by curriculum. Apprentice or journey-person students may also be eligible to apply credits earned in their respective trade's educational program toward the 60 credit hours required for a degree. 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 Pattern-maker
  • Millwright
  • Plumber
  • Plumber/Pipe Fitter
  • Sheet Metal Worker
  • Tool & Die Maker
  • Tool Maker
  • Welding
  • Wood Pattern Maker

NOTE: Skilled upgrade courses and retraining courses may be customized to suit the requirements of individual corporate clients.


Patricia Chatman
Dean, School of Business, Entrepreneurship and Professional Development, Trade and Apprentice
B.S., Oakland University*; Ph.D., Walden University
Kathleen Fox
Manager, Career and Technical Education
B.S.A., University of Michigan, Dearborn; M.P.A., University of Michigan 313-845-9833