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Federal Programs in Washington

Federally registered apprenticeship programs in Washington State

Many apprenticeship programs that exist in federal agencies, on Native American tribal lands, and for multi-state non-building trades apprenticeships are overseen by United States Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship (DOL/OA) Washington State office in Boise, Idaho.

For more information, contact:
US Department of Labor
Apprenticeship Training Employer and Labor Services (ATELS)
1387 S. Vinnell Way #110
Boise, ID 83706

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  • Expand/collapse Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Naval Intermediate Facility Pacific Northwest, Bangor and Bremerton

    1400 Farragut Ave
    Bremerton, Wash. 98314

    PSNS, is the 2nd largest employer in the northwest, having over 9,000 civilian employees, of which approximately 25% completed the apprenticeship program, which includes a two year transferable degree from Olympic College.

    For more information, go to (Puget Sound Naval Shipyard) or (Department of Navy Civilian Human Resources). Apprentice openings when available are posted at and click on job opportunities.

    Apprenticeship Occupations include: Boilermaker, Plastics Fabricator, Canvas worker, Tool Maker,  Heating and Air-conditioning installer/servicer, Carpenter, Molder, Pattern Maker, Shipwright, Maintenance Mechanic, Diesel Mechanic, Boiler Operator, Electrician (ship and boat); Electrician, maintenance;  Marine Electrician; Electronics Mechanic; Machinist; Marine Machinist, Production Machinery Maintenance Mechanic; Painter; Pipefitter; ElectroPlater; Rigger; Sheet Metal Worker; Shipfitter; Welder-Combination; Insulation Worker; Shipwright, Non-Destructive Test Examiner.

    The majority of apprentices are hired from the helper classifications, which are posted. Recruitment and hiring of apprentices is done once a year, usually starting in December-January. The apprentices don’t start their apprenticeship until the following fall. A job fair is held at the Kitsap Pavilon usually in January or February each year that has information on each apprenticeship and other opportunities at the PSNS and their educational partner, Olympic Community College.

  • Expand/collapse U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Chief Joseph Dam, Albeni Falls Dam, Libby Dam)

    PO Box 1120
    Bridgeport, Wash. 98813
    Apprenticeship Occupations:  Electricians, Powerhouse; Power Plant Operator; Powerhouse Mechanic.
    Apprenticeship openings for this program will be listed at USAJOB's

  • Expand/collapse AVISTA Corporation

    PO Box 3727
    Spokane, Wash. 99220

    Apprenticeship Occupations:  Cable Installer Repairer; Electric Meter Repairer; Electrician, Powerhouse; Hydroelectric Station Operator; Gas Meter Mechanic; Powerhouse Mechanic; Relay Tester; Gas-Main Fitter, Line Worker.
    Application process: To be considered for an apprenticeship at AVISTA, you must be a current employee of the AVISTA Company to apply. If you are interested in working for AVISTA, go to and click on jobs for external openings.

  • Expand/collapse Naval Undersea Warfare Center

    610 Dowell St
    Keyport, Wash. 983345

    Apprenticeship Occupation: Electronic Mechanic
    Application process: Apprentice openings when available are posted at and click on job opportunities. Apprenticeship positions are posted under the job title of student trainee. Temporary jobs are also posted there. Recruitment and hiring of apprentices is done yearly, along with the following process at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.

  • Expand/collapse Bureau of Reclamation - (Grand Coulee Dam)

    PO Box 620
    Grand Coulee, Wash. 99133

    Apprenticeship Occupations: Electrician, Powerhouse; Power Plant Operator
    Application process: Apprentice openings are posted as they are open at 1-877-USA-2JOBS (1-877-872-5627) and listed at Click “search jobs”, enter "apprenticeship", and click the location for Washington State or other areas of interest. This site will list any apprenticeship and also any temporary job openings there.

  • Expand/collapse Bonneville Power Administration

    PO Box 491
    Vancouver, Wash. 98666

    Apprenticeship Occupations: Power System Electrician, Lineworker, Substation Operator.
    Go to for information on apprenticeship openings.

  • Expand/collapse Inland Power and Light Company
  • Expand/collapse U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District Hydropower Apprenticeship

    PO Box 1230
    Umatilla, Ore. 97882

    Apprenticeship Occupations:  Powerhouse Operator, Powerhouse Mechanic, and Powerhouse Electrician.
    Apprenticeship openings for this program are listed at and recruiting seminars at Spokane, Columbia Basin, and Walla Walla Community Colleges.  USAJOBS is the Federal Government's official one-stop source for Federal jobs and employment information.

  • Expand/collapse Yakima Power Apprenticeship Program

    111 Fort Rd
    Toppenish, Wash. 98948

    Apprenticeship Occupation: Line Erector

    Apprenticeship applications are not being taken at this time.

  • Expand/collapse Pacific Maritime Institute

    1729 Alaska Way S
    Seattle, Wash. 98136
    Gregg Trunnell, Director

    There are maritime employers that offer apprenticeship training for the occupation, “Officer in Charge of a Navigational Watch” in partnership with Pacific Maritime Institute. There are no current openings at this time but for more information for future apprenticeships contact Gregg Trunnell.

  • Expand/collapse Seafarers

    An apprenticeship program for “Able Seaman” is available nationwide with training at the Seafarer Union training center in Piney Point Maryland. They are also not taking applications for apprenticeship as there are no openings at this time. For more information log on to

  • Expand/collapse Home Care Aide

    What is a home care aide?
    Home care aides provide non-medical assistance to aging persons and those with disabilities living in their homes. Job duties include supportive services such as housework, grocery shopping, laundry and dishes, as well as personal care services such as dressing, bathing, and transfer to and from the bed. Home care aides may have just one or several clients for whom they provide services. These personal and supportive care services provided by home care aides serve to both sustain and empower their consumers in the home setting they cherish.

    What is a home care aide apprentice?
    Those accepted into the new Home Care Aide Apprenticeship program will take part in a total of 140 hours of classroom learning, a peer mentorship program and paid on-the-job training. Depending on the circumstances, you will complete Basic Training and Advanced Training in between 4 and 8 months.

    At the end of that time period, and once you fulfill all program requirements, you will receive a certificate from the Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship and see an increase in salary at your employer.

    Apprenticeship breakdown:
    Basic Training: 70 hours of classroom time
    Advanced Training: 70 hours of classroom time
    Peer Mentorship: Runs concurrently throughout apprenticeship. 24 hours total contact time

    Application process:
    (1) Complete an online application form. The application deadline is rolling, but the sooner you apply, the better.
    (2) If you are accepted into the apprenticeship program, you will be referred to a participating home care agency and will be subject to their hiring procedures and standards. Final acceptance into the apprenticeship program is contingent upon successful hire by a home care agency.

    For additional questions, please contact:
    Project Manager – Strategic Initiatives
    SEIU Healthcare NW Training Partnership
    Phone number: 206-254-7138

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