Machinist at work

Machinist Apprenticeship

Work Description

Machinists 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. They 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.


  • 4-year training program
  • 7,888 hours of on-the-job learning
  • 432 hours of paid related instruction
  • Additional related instruction as may be required


Application requirements:

  • Meet entry requirements of employer (varies)
  • Have high school diploma or equivalent

Note: Applicants apply directly to participating employers.

How can I apply to be a Machinist Apprentice?

  1. Obtain direct employment through a company that operates an apprenticeship program.

  2. Complete and submit the apprentice application and have your employer complete and submit the employer application to:

    Cole Schmidt
    Apprenticeship Advisor & Pathways Navigator
    Mid-State Technical College / Wisconsin Rapids Campus
    500 32nd Street North
    Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494

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