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Registered Apprenticeships combine structured on-the-job training with related classroom instruction, giving you access to careers that typically require experience. To complete an apprenticeship, you’ll start by partnering with a sponsor who offers paid on-the-job training.

Apprenticeships often take several years to complete and are based on hours earned on the job and in the classroom. Choose from a variety of apprenticeship programs—plumbing, carpentry, arborist, millwright/maintenance mechanic, and more. You can also continue your education with the Technical Studies - Journey Worker associate degree.

Why Choose Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship is a mutually beneficial arrangement for both apprentice and employer.

Advantages for Apprentices
  • Earn while you learn. Learn a skilled trade while earning a good wage and establishing a sense of job security.
  • Gain entry. Apprenticeship can serve as an entry point into a career that might have otherwise been closed due to lack of experience.
  • Acquire lasting expertise. Provided with a lifetime skill and comprehensive knowledge of the trade.
  • Learn transferable skills. The skills you learn are transferable from one employer to another and generally from one area of the country to another.
  • Prepare for advancement. Apprenticeship enhances your economic security in that graduate apprentices are often promoted to supervisory positions.
Advantages for Employers
  • Reduces turnover.
  • Offers a long-term solution with measurable results.
  • Apprentices are usually highly productive workers.
  • Apprentices are among the most technologically up-to-date workers.
  • Structured training fosters quality and teamwork.
  • Creates a pool of highly skilled workers from which future managers may be selected.
  • Gives production workers a path for upward mobility.
  • Serve as an effective recruitment method for graduates of the Wisconsin Technical College System.
  • An employer’s costs to begin an apprenticeship program are minimal.
  • Provides state and national recognition.

Apprenticeship Opportunities

Mid-State’s apprenticeship programs offer opportunities in the construction, manufacturing, service, and IT industries. Explore the options below.


Arborists are knowledgeable about the needs of trees and use of sophisticated climbing and rigging techniques to provide proper care. 


Carpenters use carpentry hand and power tools to construct, erect, install, or repair structures and fixtures made of a variety of materials.

Construction Electrician (ABC)

Construction electricians install, connect, test, and maintain electrical systems for a variety of purposes, including climate control, security, and communications.

Construction Electrician (IBEW-NECA)

Construction electricians install, connect, test, and maintain electrical systems for a variety of purposes, including climate control, security, and communications. 

Electrical & Instrumentation Technician

Electrical and instrumentation technicians test or modify electrical machinery or control equipment in industrial and manufacturing settings.


Ironworkers fabricate, produce, erect, and construct the metal components of buildings, bridges, and other structures.

IT Software Developer

Software developers analyze user needs and develop computer software solutions, often customized for client use and optimal efficiency.


Machinists set up and operate a variety of machine tools to produce precision parts and instruments.

Maintenance Technician

Maintenance technicians are highly skilled individuals who safely perform mechanical and electrical duties to keep machines, equipment, or the structure of a facility in repair.

Millwright/Maintenance Mechanic

Millwrights and maintenance mechanics install, dismantle, or move machinery and heavy equipment to keep machines, mechanical equipment, or the structure of an establishment in repair.


Plumbers install, repair, and maintain the water supply, waste water treatment, drainage, and gas systems in homes as well as commercial and industrial buildings.

Steamfitter and Steamfitter Service

Steamfitters assemble, install, alter, and repair pipelines or pipe systems required for processing, manufacturing, heating, and cooling.