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Manufacturing Apprenticeship Program

The Pittsburgh Chapter National Tooling & Machining Association is pleased to provide the Related Instruction portion for Pennsylvania’s manufacturing apprenticeship program.  Each year, we accept approximately 50 new apprentices into the four-year training program.  Apprentices complete 144 hours of classroom training and 2000 hours of hands-on application at his or her job site annually.  While the instruction is open to anyone who would like to register for the program, apprentices who would like to earn their journeyman’s papers must also be registered with his or her employer’s qualified Pennsylvania apprenticeship program for on-the-job training.

Since 1976, the Pittsburgh Chapter NTMA has provided regional manufacturers with a proven apprenticeship training program for individuals seeking metalworking educational opportunities with standards focused on world-class tooling and machining.

What are the Benefits of the Manufacturing Apprenticeship Program?

  • Apprentices typically earn pay-for-skills promotions during their apprenticeship training. Entry-level apprentices earn between $32,000 and $63,000 in wages and benefits in their first year of training. Apprentices who have completed the program typically earn between $52,000 and $79,000 annually.
  • The Pittsburgh Chapter NTMA offers the training component to complement the on-the-job training necessary to achieve Journeyperson certification.  Apprentices can also earn NIMS (National Institute for Metalworking Skills) credentials in specialty areas.
  • The Pittsburgh Chapter NTMA Apprenticeship program is an affordable solution for both employers and students. Companies can combine the NTMA Apprenticeship program with structured OJT hours and avoid the cost and time of managing self-run apprenticeship instruction courses.
  • Many of our students are sponsored by their companies. Special financing opportunities are available for students paying for the manufacturing apprenticeship program out of their own pocket, including those who have been laid-off.
  • Classes are offered at convenient locations in Allegheny and Westmoreland county.
  • 2024-2025 Apprenticeship Training begins:

Central Westmoreland CTC (New Stanton)

  • Years 1 & 2 Tues., Sept. 10th at 5:30PM
  • Years 3 & 4 Thurs., Sept. 12th at 5:30PM

Northern Westmoreland CTC (New Kensington)

  • All years: Wed., Sept. 11th at 5:30PM

BotsIQ Training & Education Center (Bellevue)

  • Years 1 & 4 Tues., Sept. 10th at 5:30PM
  • Years 2 & 3 Thurs., Sept. 12th at 5:30PM

Questions regarding your state registered apprentice program or about RAPIDS? Please contact Marshall Palmer – [email protected] and include your program number in the subject line of the email.

General questions regarding registered apprenticeship? Contact the state’s resource account at [email protected].

Don’t have a registered program and want to learn more about the PGH NTMA’s Group Sponsored Program? Contact Liz Blashock, Apprenticeship Program Manager – [email protected], (412) 212-6868, or (412) 443-0793

 Training dollars are available to subsidize the cost of manufacturing apprenticeship program classes!

Questions about WEDnetPA? contact Judy DeWitt at [email protected]

Pittsburgh Chapter NTMA Apprentice Training Program is a program of the Pittsburgh Chapter National Tooling & Machining Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization.

2024-2025 enrollment is open:

Monday, July 15 – Monday, August 26

Register online here!

For your registration forms, click one of the links below:

New Apprentices


Returning Apprentices

Advanced placement opportunities are available:

  • Wednesday, August 28th at 5:30 PM at Northern Westmoreland CTC
  • Thursday, August 29th at 5:30 PM at Central Westmoreland CTC
  • Tuesday, September 3rd at 5:30 PM at the BotsIQ TEC

Register for advanced placement online here!

Interested in seeing our apprentice program in action?

Come check out our annual Apprentice Competition in February 2025, when our apprentices battle for the title of Best Metalworking Apprentice in Southwestern PA!