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Maintenance Technician Apprenticeship

Work Description

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. They perform preventative and predictive maintenance functions on motors, generators, air compressors, and conveyors; starters and motor control centers; programmable logic controllers, computer-based controls, control panels and electrical control systems; and fluid power systems.

Additional duties may include servicing high voltage electrical systems; aligning and balancing new equipment; and performing repair welding, pipefitting, and machining tasks.

With all duties, maintenance technicians perform their work in accordance with relevant codes.

Working Conditions

Today, most modern industrial facilities are relatively clean, well lit, and ventilated. Maintenance Technicians are typically not limited to a specific work area; rather, they are highly mobile and active throughout the facility, going wherever their skills are needed. However, they must be able to stand for long periods of time and work in cramped or uncomfortable positions and on ladders and lifts. They often work with their hands above their heads, in confined spaces, and in a variety of conditions and temperatures, both hot and cold.

Working around machines and equipment and with high voltage presents certain dangers. Maintenance technicians must vigilantly follow safety precautions and wear personal protective equipment, such as high-voltage suits and gloves, safety belts, protective glasses, and/or hard hats, to avoid common hazards.

Maintenance technicians typically work a 40-hour week, and overtime is common.


  • 5-year training program
  • 9,280 hours of on-the-job learning
  • 864 hours of paid related instruction
  • Additional related instruction as may be required


Application Requirements

  • Meet entry requirements of employer (varies)
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Applicants apply directly to participating employers

How can I apply to be a Maintenance Technician Apprentice?

  1. Obtain direct employment through a company that operates an apprenticeship program.
  2. Complete apprentice application.
  3. Have your employer complete employer application.
  4. Submit Applications 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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