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Apprenticeship Trades

Gain skills with on-the-job training. Have an occupation earning a family-wage and receive related instruction. As an apprentice, you have options for lifelong learning and advancement in a variety of construction trade careers.

Potential Salary$60,000

topics Trades

Skills & InterestWorking with your hands

CareersService Professions


  • Woman screwing in a electrical socket
  • A man installing duct work on a ceiling
  • Four men working on electrical systems

Why choose Apprenticeship Trades?

Apprenticeship programs at Chemeketa Community College open the door to abundant career opportunities in Oregon. Rigorous four-year programs that combine part-time instruction and full-time on-the-job training in partnership with industry committees are offered. Programs are competitive and include an application process and committee approval.

These apprenticeship programs cover four occupations, and are designated as primary workforce needs in our area –

What will you learn?

  • Repair, install and maintain a variety of projects using trade-specific tools and techniques
  • Comply with current building codes
  • Comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations
  • You may earn a Certificate of Completion by completing three required general education courses plus twelve courses in one area of specialization
  • You may earn an AAS degree by completing six required general education courses plus 12 additional courses in one area of specialization and receiving a journey-level card

What will you do?

  • Obtain a skilled-trade
  • Advance your career
  • Successful HVAC/R apprentices qualify for LE/B licensure and earn their journey-level card
  • Successful plumber apprentices qualify for state licensure and earn their journey-level card
  • Successful sheet metal apprentices earn their journey-level card
  • Successful electrician apprentices qualify for state licensure and earn their journey-level card


Classes for the HVAC/R, Sheet Metal and Plumbing Apprenticeship Programs are offered at the Salem Campus.
The Electrician Apprenticeship Program are at the IETC Independent Electrical Training Center on Portland Road in Salem.