Apr 24, 2024  
College Catalog 2023-2024 
    
College Catalog 2023-2024

Apprenticeship Programs


 

Apprenticeships Webpage

In partnership, Renton Technical College serves over 1500 apprentices each year, or nearly 20% of the total number of apprentices in Washington State. There are currently 16 apprenticeship programs affiliated with RTC offering classroom and on-the-job training in the building and construction trades, manufacturing, and public utilities. Apprentices work full time in their field, between two and five years, and attend related schooling part-time, a few weeks per year or evenings per week. In several programs, you have the option of earning an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in addition to a journey-level certificate. 

Each program has an apprenticeship coordinator and a joint apprenticeship and training committee (JATC), made up of equal members of labor and management. Because the JATC is from industry, it makes sure that the training meets industry standards. It also determines how  many people to let into the program, based on how many job openings are expected. Some programs - Custodial, Machinists, and Stationary Engineers - are only open to current employees in participating companies. Other programs accept applications from the broader community. 

 

The JATC also determines the length of training, the process used to select candidates, and wage progression. Although apprentices are students, they are also workers, and they get paid for their time on the job. Apprentice wages begin at a percentage of the journey-level rate and increase based on an apprentice’s satisfactory progress in class and on the job. Tradespeople typically start at $15/hour plus benefits, and by the end of the apprenticeship (two to five years, depending on the program) earn $25-30/hour or more. 

 

 Generally, applicants must be at least 17 or 18 years old, have a valid Washington state driver’s license, and go through a selection process which might include a written test, physical test, drug test, and interview. For more information on specific programs, please contact the apprenticeship coordinators listed with each program below or search the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries Catalog

 

Apprenticeship Partner Programs

Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee

Lynn Strickland, Executive Director
6811 S. 204th St. Suite 380

Contact: (206) 764-5359, info@manufacturingacademy.org 

ajactraining.org

Program Hours Years
Machinist  600 hours 4 years

Ardagh Group Apprenticeship

Jason Noble, Manager
Human Resources
5801 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle, WA 98134
Contact: (206) 768-6295

Program Hours Years
Maintenance Mechanic/Repairer 576 hours + 4 years
Mold Maker 576 hours + 4 years

Construction Industry Training Council (CITC) 

Carpentry Apprenticeship 

 Robin Brown, Craft Training Coordinator 
Direct: 425.285.2329 | Main: 425.454.2482 | Toll-free: 1.877.707.2482 | Fax: 425.462.7391 
robin@citcwa.com 
https://citcwa.org/ 

Culinary Arts Apprenticeship

Tony Parker, CEC, AAC
Renton Technical College
3000 NE 4th Street, Renton, WA 98056
Contact: (425) 235-2352, ext. 2437
tparker@rtc.edu

http://www.washingtonstatechefs.com/apprenticeship.html 

Program
Hours
Years
Culinary Arts
396 hours+
2-3 years

Northwest Carpenter’s Institute (NWCI) Carpenters Apprenticeship

Cindy Gaudio Coordinator, training@nwci.org 
King County Carpenters
P. O. Box 2020, Renton, WA 98056-4195
Contact: (425) 235-2465

https://www.nwci.org/northwest-carpenters-institute-of-washington/

Program Hours Years
Carpenters 640 hours + 4 years
Residential Carpenters 640 hours + 4 years
Scaffold Erector 640 hours + 4 years

Northwest Carpenter’s Institute (NWCI) Lathing, Acoustical, Drywall Systems (LADS) Apprenticeship

Nate Diller, Coordinator, NDiller@nwci.org 
Carpenters Specialty Training Center 
20474 72nd Avenue South, Kent, WA 98032 
Contact: (253) 437-5235, training@nwci.org 
https://www.nwci.org/northwest-carpenters-institute-of-washington/
 

Program Hours Years
Acoustical Applicator 640hours 4 years
Drywall System Installer 640hours 4 years
Leather 640hours 4 years
Residential Drywall Applicator 360 hours 3 years

Northwest Carpenter’s Institute (NWCI) Millwrights and Pile Drivers Apprenticeship

Nate Diller, Coordinator, NDiller@nwci.org 
Carpenters Specialty Training Center 
20474 72nd Avenue South, Kent, WA 98032 
Contact: (253) 437-5235, training@nwci.orgtraining@nwci.org   

https://www.nwci.org/northwest-carpenters-institute-of-washington/

Program Hours Years
Millwright 640 hours 4 years
Pile Driver 640 hours 4 years

MITAGS 

Jenny Pitzen, Student Instructional Services Manager 
1729 Alaskan Way South, Seattle, WA 98134 
Contact: (206) 739-0720 
mitags-pmi.org 

Program Hours Years
Officer in Charge of Navigational Watch  811 hours 2 years
Pile Driver 640 hours 4 years

 

Seattle Area Heat & Frost Insulators & Asbestos Workers JATC 

Brian Kinsman, Coordinator 
Renton Technical College 
3000 NE Fourth Street, Bldg. L, Renton, WA 98056-4195 
Contact: (425) 235-7827 
https://wwwAsbestoslocal7insulators.org/ 

Program Hours Years
Heat and Frost Insulator/Asbestos Worker 800 hours 5 years
Fire Stop Containment Worker  480 hours 4 years

 

Seattle Area Roofers Apprenticeship Committee 

Anthony Bergeson, Director, Tony@rooferslocal54.com 
30245 148th Ave South East, Kent, WA 98042 
Contact: (206) 728-2777 
https://www.rooferslocal54.com/

 

Program Hours Years
Roofer 168 hours 2 years

 

Western Washington Plasterers JATC 

Rosie Bernard, Director 
Renton Technical College 
3000 NE Fourth Street, Bldg. E, Renton, WA 98056-4195 
Contact: (425) 235-7879 
https://www.lni.wa.gov/licensing-permits/apprenticeship/_docs/0106.pdf 

 

Program Hours Years
Plasterer 504 hours + 4 years

Western Washington Stationary Engineers Apprenticeship Committee 

Andrea Major, Training Coordinator 
18 E St. S.W., Auburn, WA 98001 
Contact: (253) 351-0184 
lni.wa.gov/TradesLicensing/Apprenticeship/files/standards/0227.pdf 
iuoe286.org 

Program Hours Years
Facilities Custodial Technician 144hours + 2 years
Facilities Maintenance Mechanic 144hours + 4 years
Stationary Engineer  576hours 4 years


Multi-Occupational Trades Degree

General Occupational Degree 

Associate of Applied Science Degree 

This degree is an option for apprentices who have completed a specific, RTC-affiliated apprenticeship program of at least 432 classroom hours and 6,000 on-the-job training hours in construction and machining trades. The following programs are eligible: 

  • Asbestos Workers 

  • Carpenters 

  • Fire Stop Containment Workers 

  • LADS 

  • Marine Service Technicians (Mate Limited or Unlimited) 

  • Millwrights  

  • Pile Drivers 

  • Plasterers 

Completion of a registered apprenticeship program affiliated with Renton Technical College, including documentation such as apprenticeship completion certificate from the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries. 

See a counselor if you have transferable credits from other colleges. 

Requirements for Degree 

 

Apprenticeship Hours 

70 

 

General Education Suggestions for Carpenters, CWU Transfer Option 

Carpenters apprentices can take advantage of RTC’s special agreement with Central Washington University (CWU) and their Bachelor of Applied Science in Information Technology and Administrative Management (BAS-ITAM), with a Project Management specialization. 

  • Related instruction CARP classes can earn up to 45 lower-division credits. 

  • Apprentice work hours earn 14 credits of upper-division internship and elective credits. 

  • General Education classes add 15 to 20 lower-division credits, depending on the level of mathematics completed. 

The following classes are recommended for the AAS degree for the best transfer experience (at least 74 total credits towards the 180 required for the BAS degree). CWU requires a cumulative GPA of 2.3 or higher for these four classes to qualify for their agreement. 

Interested carpenters apprentices can learn more about the CWU ITAM partnership by speaking with an academic counselor or adviser. 

 

Course # 

Course Title 

Credits 

 

Apprenticeship Hours 

70 

AMATH 175 

Financial Math or another General Education Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning math class (may be waived if program includes sufficient classroom hours in mathematics) 

PSYC& 100 

General Psychology or another General Education Social Science class 

CMST& 101 

Introduction to Communication or another General Education Humanities class 

COMP 100 

Applied Composition or ENGL& 101 English Composition 

 

Total 

90 

 

Please see the detailed Multi-Occupational Trades, AAS for class recommendations  

 

Use this instead, already in the catalog: 

 

General Occupational Degree 

Associate of Applied Science Degree: 90 credits  

This degree is an option for apprentices who have graduated from Renton Technical College in apprenticeship programs of at least 432 classroom hours and 6,000 on-the-job training hours in construction and machining trades. The following programs are eligible: 

Carpenters 

Pile Drivers 

Fire Stop Containment Workers 

Plasterers 

LADS 

  

Millwrights 

  

Requirements 

Completion of a registered apprenticeship program affiliated with Renton Technical College, including documentation such as apprenticeship completion certificate from the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries. 

Apprentices may need to meet residency requirements (a certain percentage or number of credits completed at RTC). Apprentices may begin taking general education coursework before, during, or after their apprenticeship. 

See a counselor if you have transferable credits from other colleges. 

 

Program Requirements 

 General Education Requirements for AAS Degree 

These are the standard requirements for the Associate of Applied Science. 

General Education Suggestions for Carpenters, CWU Transfer Option 

 Carpenters apprentices can take advantage of RTC’s special agreement with Central Washington University (CWU) and their Bachelor of Applied Science in Information Technology and Administrative Management (BAS-ITAM), with a Project Management specialization. 

  • Related instruction CARP classes can earn up to 45 lower-division credits. 

  • Apprentice work hours earn 14 credits of upper-division internship and elective credits. 

  • General Education classes add 15 to 20 lower-division credits, depending on the level of mathematics completed. 

The following classes are recommended for the AAS degree for the best transfer experience (at least 74 total credits towards the 180 required for the BAS degree). CWU requires a cumulative GPA of 2.3 or higher for these four classes to qualify for their agreement. 

Interested carpenters apprentices can learn more about the CWU ITAM partnership by speaking with an academic counselor or adviser.