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.


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