Apprenticeship is a structured training program based on a written agreement between the apprentice and a training committee. It combines on-the-job training and classroom coursework, leading to journeyperson status in that trade.   Training committees contract with COCC to provide classroom coursework to their apprentices in the following trades:

  • Boiler/Turbine Operator
  • Industrial Maintenance Millwright
  • Limited Maintenance Electrician
  • Manufacturing Plant Electrician
  • Sheet Metal

The prescribed courses are taught two nights a week for two or three terms each school year, and depending on the trade, will continue for two to four years.  All classes are taught by local journeypersons, so students receive a great education from experienced professionals.
How to Get Started
To inquire about becoming an apprentice in any trade, contact the Bureau of Labor and Industries/Apprenticeship and Training at 541.322.2435   

or visit their Web site at  

The Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) representative will talk with students about what is needed to be accepted as an apprentice.

Once accepted, students will begin their on-the-job training, as well as COCC supplementary coursework.
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Certificate and Degree Options

COCC is part of the statewide consortium of colleges offering a Certificate of Completion or an Associate of Applied Science degree in three different career pathways for apprentices:

  • Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology
  • Construction Trades, General Apprenticeship
  • Electrician Apprenticeship Technologies

Certificate of Completion
Certificates of Completion are offered in these trades:  boiler operator, boiler/turbine operator, industrial maintenance millwright, limited maintenance electrician, manufacturing plant electrician, and sheet metal and may require only a few more classes in addition to the related training course work.
Associate of Applied Science
An Associate of Applied Science degree may be earned in the same trades by taking some additional trade-specific training, 25-30 general education credits and presenting a valid journeyperson's card.
Journeypersons who have completed their related training in a registered Oregon apprenticeship program outside of COCC may earn an Associate of Applied Science degree from COCC in one of the three career pathways.   To begin the process a student must be admitted to COCC and transfer any earned related training credits to COCC by submitting a College transcript or by submitting course syllabi for credit evaluation.  To earn a degree under these pathways, a student must have 46 to 57 credits of trade specific related training (depending on the trade), complete all required general education classes and obtain 11 or 22 credits for on-the-job training, awarded after presenting a journeyperson's card and all other requirements have been met.

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