The process, detailed below, starts with determining if there is a CTMAA certified college machine technology CERTIFICATE program available near where you live or work. NEXT, at a meeting with your employer and you - we'll walk you both through each of your responsibilities and determine if your prior experience or background might enable your employer to ACCELERATE from a 4-year program to a shorter period. If you have taken any machining courses or have performed shop duties with manual or CNC machines - it is this initial meeting where CTMAA and your employer determine the length and elements of the 4-year program you'll be required to complete.
How to Enroll
Your Apprenticeship is sponsored and paid by Your Employer. If you do not have an employer - or your employer is not willing or able to sponsor - we cannot enroll you in this program.
What if I'm NOT currently employed?
Under SOME circumstances, CTMAA may know of our sponsor employers LOOKING for motivated, responsible entry-level trainees. Contact us, provide a resume and work experience, and most of all, show you are serious by enrolling on your own at a local college beginner machine shop course.
The list of colleges (to the left, or above on a phone) will direct you to that college web page. CTMAA has certified these college Machine Technology Certificate programs meet the standards set forth for apprenticeship. You are responsible for enrolling in the college and completing each class to earn the college certificate - with a 'C' or better grade. Apprentice employers are required to reimburse apprentices in good standing for their college tuition, books and necessary fees.
CTMAA Apprenticeships are Registered and authorized by the State of California and the U.S. Department of Labor. Rules have been laid down governing both the Employer's and the Apprentice's responsibilities. Your employer should meet in person with CTMAA in order to understand all of his or her obligations as a sponsor of your apprenticeship.
Once you and your employer have determined to enroll you in the program - it is a good idea to download the APPRENTICE AGREEMENT and the EMPLOYER AGREEMENT as well as the STANDARDS for the Job Certification you will be pursing. Both of you should review them in advance - so you each have the opportunity to ask us questions or get further clarification. Then, contact us to arrange an appointment to assist you to complete the items of information and for us to make an assessment of whether your program should be 4-years or some other appropriate, shorter term.Preview the Paperwork ---------------
After the initial meeting with CTMAA to go through all of the paperwork and the information we are required by law to collect - we'll prepare final documents that you and your employer will sign, and we will provide you with additional items like the record-keeping BLUE BOOKS (to record your on-the-job portion of your training) and the NIMS proficiency project and test guides you'll be required to complete (during the first two years of your apprenticeship).Call/Email Us When You're Ready
As a recent service member, you may have prior training, and certainly have related job-skills that manufacturers would like to make you aware of great civilian careers. The place to start is the VA "TAP" program Link above. Then contact us (Get in Touch) below.