There are over 1,200 apprenticeable occupations recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor. Schoolcraft College has assisted over two dozen companies in becoming apprenticeship employer-sponsors and placed 70 students in 21 different career pathways. Examples of these careers are:
- Mechatronics Technician
- Electronics Technician
- CNC Programmer
- CNC Operator
- Precision Machinist
- Medical Assistant
- Machine Repairer, Maintenance
- Construction Craft Laborer
- Mold Maker
- Injection Mold Builder
- Die Setter
- Manufacturing Technician
- Automotive Technician Specialist
- Woodworking Manufacturing Specialist
As of June 2022, Schoolcraft has…
- Assisted 28 employers in becoming apprenticeship employer-sponsors in cities including:
- Farmington Hills
- Placed 69 students into apprenticeship programs
- Recognized successful program completion for 23 apprentices since 2019
Schoolcraft College can assist employers in sectors ranging from Information Technology and Computer Information Systems to Business to Health Professions. For the last few years, however, the highest demand for apprenticeship is in the professional trades (such as Advanced Manufacturing, Electronics Technology, Welding and Mechatronics) and the health professions.
Students: Is Apprenticeship the Right Career Path for You?
Am I choosing the company/industry/job because I am passionate about it? Or does it seem like a quick way to make a lot of money?
Registered Apprenticeships are designed for individuals that are passionate about a specific career and willing to make the commitment to completing the apprenticeship. They are not for people who want to make ‘quick money,’ who jump from job to job because they are looking for the ‘next best thing,’ or who easily get bored.
How hard am I willing to work?
An apprentice goes to school all year on his or her own time while working full time. It is a demanding pathway.
Can I make a 3-4 year commitment to work full time while taking 1-2 classes per semester?
Some apprenticeships are competency based, but many are time-based and last 4 years.
Am I prepared to commit to the employer beyond the apprenticeship, or will I be looking for a new job that seems better?
Employers invest time, training and wages. They do this with the expectation that the apprentice will remain with the company beyond the apprenticeship. Some companies ask apprentices to sign letters of intent.
On the job, am I open-minded, willing to learn from the expert who will be training me? Am I cooperative, do I work hard, and am I willing to give help where help is needed knowing I am always going to be learning?
Or am I the type of person that likes to learn on my own, who likes to work without having to interact much with others, and who likes to ‘stay in my own lane?’ If so, a Registered Apprenticeship is not the right path for you.
Many employers are looking for people willing to be cross-trained and want team-players who will ask for help, and who will help others.
How are my ‘soft skills’?
The ability and openness to hear directions and constructive feedback without ‘taking it personally’.
If you are open-minded, passionate about your career, and willing to make a commitment, learn and work hard, then Registered Apprenticeship may be the right path for you!