Apprenticeship Program


The Krueger Apprenticeship Program provides on-the-job training to anyone new to machining or to individuals looking to upgrade their current skills and are already working as a machinist.

If you’re looking for a long-term career and enjoy working with tools and high-tech machinery, then a profession in machining may be what you’re looking for, and an apprenticeship is the way to get there.

As an apprentice, you work at a full-time job while training with a mentor and earning wages and benefits. In addition, you attend classes typically one day a week at a local community or technical college to learn the theory behind the training.


A machinist is a skilled craftsperson who can transform a block of metal into an intricate part such as a bearing or shaft that meets precise specifications. Machinists set up and operate a variety of machine tools to produce precision parts. The trend in the last decade has been toward computerized numeric control (CNC) machines where the machinist uses computers to direct the machine’s operations.


  • Read drawings to learn the details of what needs to be created
  • Think creatively to determine the most effective and efficient way to cut the material into the desired shape and size
  • Select the proper materials and tools to get the job done, such as calipers, micrometers and drills
  • Set up and program the high-tech cutting machines to make the part, using CAD and CNC software
  • Estimate and measure sizes and distances accurately and lay out work pieces
  • Work with numbers; have a good math backgroundInspect finished product to ensure accuracy
  • Work independently at tasks that require concentration as well as physical effort

Apprenticeship program details

  • 4-year training program
  • 7,568 hours on-the-job training
  • 576 classroom instruction sponsored and paid by Krueger Qualification


  • High school diploma or GED equivalent
  • Acceptable rating on Krueger Profile Test
  • Successfully pass the Accuplacer Test (administered by MATC). Must achieve minimum scores for passing in Reading, Arithmetic, Sentence Skills, and Elementary Algebra
  • Successfully pass pre-employment drug screen


The beginning salary for an apprentice is 60% the salary of a fully trained worker who has completed their on-the-job training and are skilled machinists. Apprentices receive pay increases as they learn and perform more complex tasks proficiently.


A long-term career with a good salary, job advancement opportunities and the chance to work with your hands and cutting-edge technology. Become a machinist through the Krueger Apprenticeship Program. Get paid while learning on the job and building a future for yourself.