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Machinist Apprentice

What is an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships provide paid on the job and classroom learning opportunities.  Apprenticeships help to develop, grow, and retain a skilled workforce in technical areas to produce qualified, highly productive employees for careers requiring precision skills. Through combined on-the-job training plus education, you’ll gain both practical experience and education to become a Journeyman Machinist.


As a Machinist Apprentice you learn to set up and operate a variety of machine tools to produce precision parts and instruments. This includes precision instrument makers who fabricate, modify, or repair mechanical instruments. You may also fabricate and modify parts to make or repair machine tools or maintain industrial machines, applying knowledge of mechanics, mathematics, metal properties, layout, and machining procedures.

Required courses through MCC

Basic CNC operations, Metallurgy & Heat Treatment, Industrial Safety, Industrial First Aid, Basic Machine Operations, Industrial Quality Control, Various math courses, Industrial Communication, Reading Engineering Drawings, Layout & Precision Measurement, Fundamentals of Welding and MIG Welding

Hands on Training

GrindersBench Work, LatheManual Milling MachinesCNCMachine MaintenanceSawsDrill PressPower mills and General Toolmaking

Benefits of Being an Apprentice

  • MCC tuition is paid for by Aggressive Tooling, provided a grade of C or better is obtained

  • Frequent pay increases

  • Comprehensive benefit package after 60 days of employment including: medical, dental, vision, long term disability, short term disability, life, paid time off and holiday pay

  • Flexible work schedule so you can work and complete school requirements


  • High school diploma

  • A minimum of 18 years of age

  • Willingness to learn and take initiative

  • Ability to lift 25 pounds repetitively and be physically capable of performing the essential functions of the position, with or without a reasonable accommodation

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