Although the following apprenticeship programs are affiliated with Renton
Technical College, each program has its own coordinator, joint labor-management
committee, and selection procedures. Generally, applicants must be at least 17
or 18 years old (depending on the program), have a valid Washington State
driver's license, and go through a selection process which might include a
written test, physical test, drug test, and interview.
Apprenticeships Provide Opportunities for Students to Earn While They Learn
Renton Technical College serves over 1500 apprentices each year, or nearly 20%
of the total number of apprentices in Washington State. There are currently 16
apprenticeship programs affiliated with RTC offering classroom and on-the-job
training in the building and construction trades, manufacturing, and public
utilities. Apprentices work full time in their field and attend related
schooling part-time, a few weeks/year or evenings/week. In several programs,
apprentices have the option of earning an Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
degree in addition to their journey-level certificate.
Each program has an apprenticeship coordinator and a joint apprenticeship and
training committee (JATC), made up of equal members of labor and management.
Because the JATC is from industry, it makes sure that the training meets
industry standards. It also determines how many people to let into the program,
based on how many job openings are expected.
The JATC also determines the length of training, the process used to select
candidates, and wage progression. Although apprentices are students, they are
also workers, and they get paid for their time on the job. Apprentice wages
begin at a percentage of the journey-level rate and increase based on an
apprentice’s satisfactory progress in class and on the job. Trades people
typically start at $15/hour plus benefits, and by the end of the apprenticeship
(two to five years, depending on the program) earn $25-30/hour or more.
You may be a good candidate for an apprenticeship program if you:
Pluses about Apprenticeship
Like to work with your hands as well as your mind
Can show up every day, ready and eager to work—and go to school
Have an aptitude for math and spatial relations
Are at least 17 or 18 years old, depending on the program
Have at least a high school diploma or GED
Have a valid Washington State driver's license
Can pass a drug test
Meet other minimum qualifications for your chosen trade
Minuses about Apprenticeship
Good for people who like to learn by doing
Real pride in your work
Excellent wages and benefits
Eligible to work anywhere in the U.S.
Often physically demanding
May have to work outside in bad weather
Work may not be year round (seasonal work)
Work sites may vary quite regularly
Apprentices must provide their own transportation and tools
If you would like more information about vocational opportunities at Renton
Technical College, give Student Services a call at (425) 235-5840 to schedule
an appointment with a counselor.
Associate of Applied Science Degree: Multi-Occupational Trades
This degree is for people who are graduating or have graduated from
apprenticeship programs of at least 432 classroom hours and at least 6000
on-the-job hours. The requirements of the degree are:
Completion of a registered apprenticeship program affiliated with RTC,
including documentation such as an apprenticeship completion certificate from
the Department of Labor & Industries.
Psychology (PSYC& 100)
Speech Communications (CMST& 101)
Applied Algebra for Business and Industry (AMATH 185)
English Composition (ENGL& 101) or Applied Composition (ENGL 100)
In addition, all English and math classes require acceptable scores on the
COMPASS test before entering. Apprentices who have already taken college
classes elsewhere should make an appointment with a counselor to see if these
classes will transfer. For more information or to make an appointment, call the
RTC Student Services Department at 425-235-5840.
Renton Technical College is committed to non-discrimination in all of its
educational and employment activities, and to provide equal access to each of
its educational programs and activities, and employment opportunities. This
policy shall apply to all students and applicants for admission, as well as all
employees and applicants for employment, without regard to race; color; creed;
religion; national origin; sex; sexual orientation; marital status; age; the
presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability; or whether a
Vietnam-era or disabled veteran. Questions regarding the college affirmative
action policies, harassment or discrimination should be directed to the
Director of Human Resources Development at (425) 235-7873.
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