Apprenticeship Program

The four-year Apprenticeship Program —governed and administered at the local level by each Fleet Readiness Center (FRC) —seeks to produce a steady pipeline of qualified mechanics ready to generate combat airpower for the Warfighter.  At the end of the four years, apprentices who successfully complete the program will have earned an academic certificate, trade theory certificate, and certification recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor.  In return, the Apprentice agrees to provide the Depot with two years of skilled labor.  The program offers participants the opportunity to work as full-time federal employees, receiving pay and benefits, as they pursue a combination of education and on-the-job training.  Apprentices learn and work in the FRCs, training in trades including Machining, Component Manufacturing, Electrical and Electronic systems repairs, Pneudraulics, Aircraft Systems repair, Mechanical Parts repair technician, and Airframe repairs.

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