Apprentices

Earn While You Learn

  • As an apprentice, you earn money from day one. You gain skills and knowledge to succeed and be employed sooner than degree- seeking students.
  • Apprentices earn wages from full-time employment while attending college part-time, taking an average of 7 credits per semester. 
  • The average loan amount for undergraduates at the University of Alaska Anchorage is $6,723 per year (UAA Cost of Attendance).
  • Apprentices have access to federal funding that traditional students are not eligible for. This is available to all federally registered apprentices regardless of their social or economic status. The Workforce Investment Opportunities Act (WIOA) pays toward books, tuition, parking, and tools, and can also be used for transportation, childcare and other services.

Work Advancement and Wage Increases

  • In addition to a steady job, work advancement and wage increases are integral to apprenticeship.
  • Once you have successfully completed the required number of hours, training and coursework, you will receive an annual wage increase of approximately 10%. 
  • First year apprentices make 60% of journey worker wages or $16.20 to $19.20 per hour depending on the occupation.

Nationally Recognized Certificate and College Credit

  • Upon completion of the apprenticeship program, you will receive a nationally recognized journey worker credential from the Department of Labor, and 49 to 52 college credits towards Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Technology or Diesel Power Technology.
  • Journey worker automotive and diesel mechanics earn an average of $27 to $32 per hour in Alaska.