University of Arizona

Apprenticeship Program FAQ's

Q: What is the University of Arizona apprenticeship program?

The apprenticeship program is designed to provide an apprentice with on-the-job training and classroom instruction over a period of time that trains the apprentice to be a Journey Worker in their designated trade.

Q: What trades programs are being offered?

At this time, FM has apprentice positions available in each of the following trades:


• Plumbing

• Electrical

Q: What is the difference between a Registered Apprenticeship and other types of training?

The Registered Apprenticeship system of training is unique in that it is the only formal, structured, and nationally recognized education and training program available that combines the two most common forms of career and occupational learning: classroom instruction with on-the-job training.

Apprentices not only learn occupational skills in the classroom, their learning is expanded to include hands-on, paid, on-the-job training! Students learn and practice all phases of the trade/occupation in real-world applications. The program must be registered with the Arizona Apprenticeship Office.

Q: Who is eligible to enroll in the apprenticeship program and is there a deadline to enroll?

The minimum qualifications include:

• Candidate must be at least 18 years of age

• One year of experience working in construction, maintenance or other trades setting; OR,

• Any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education approved by Human Resources.

Interested applicants will submit their application on the University's Career Center, Career Track. Interested applicants should continually check our website to find out when the next class will open. Click here for instructions on how to apply on Career Track.

Q: What is the length of time an apprentice is in the program?

The time in the program is dependent upon the hours that the employee works in an on-the-job training capacity. It is estimated that the Plumbing and Electrical apprenticeship programs will be four year programs while the HVAC apprenticeship program will take 4 and a half years to complete.

Q: Can an apprentice work for the University of Arizona after the program ends?

The goal of the University of Arizona Facilities Management Apprenticeship Program is to create a pool of candidates for future Journey Worker positions within our department. The purpose of this program is to enable the University to fill upcoming vacancies due to an increasing volume of retirements. As the program nears completion, apprentices' will be evaluated for placement into positions within the department. The apprentice classification is an Extended Temporary Employment classification; please click here for more information on this classification. There is no guarantee of continued employment with the University, but apprentices will be encouraged to apply to open positions.

Q: How will I progress through the Apprenticeship Program as an Extended Temporary Employee?

Each apprentice will receive a one year ETE assignment for each year of the apprenticeship.  An apprentice will move from a Year 1 apprentice role as a one year ETE, followed immediately by an additional ETE assignment for year 2, and so on assuming that the on-the-job performance and classroom work are successfully completed.

Q: Will I still have a probationary period as an Extended Temporary Employee?

Yes, apprentices will have a six month probationary period at the beginning of each ETE assignment.

Q: Are apprentices paid?

Yes, apprentices are paid for on-the-job training while in the apprenticeship program.

Q: What pay rate does an apprentice earn while in the program?

The workday and workweek for apprentices shall be the same as that for Journey Workers, and shall be subject to the same conditions. Each apprentice shall receive progressively increasing wages in accordance with the following schedule:

4 year Apprenticeship Program


Q: Are apprentices benefit eligible?

Yes, Extended Temporary Employees are eligible for the University of Arizona benefits. For more information on benefits, click here.

Q: Will the apprentice have an on the job mentor during program?

Yes, each apprentice will be assigned to a department and will work in rotation with several Journey Workers to complete all on-the-job training.

Q: Will there be a set schedule to follow throughout the program?

Yes, each apprentice will work a set schedule, Monday through Friday, and will attend class two nights per week.

Q: Is classroom time paid while in the apprenticeship program?

No, classroom time is uncompensated time.

Q: What grade criteria will I need to follow to stay in the program?

Apprentices must satisfactorily complete all coursework with a passing "C" grade or above.

Q: Are apprentices required to attend school?

Yes, apprentices must attend Related Technical Instruction which is combined with on-the-job training experience. Our programs require approximately 144 hours of Related Technical Instruction per year.

Q: Can apprentices earn college credit for their Registered Apprenticeship experience?

Yes, the courses are routed through Pima Community College and the apprentice will get credit for the classes taken and successfully passed. Apprentices will not earn a degree upon the completion of the program, but they will be able to continue at Pima Community College to earn their Associates

Q: How are apprentice candidates selected?

All recruitment and employment activities for Classified Staff are conducted in accordance with applicable University, State and Federal laws, regulations, and polices concerning equal employment opportunity and affirmative action. The University of Arizona's Classified Staff Policy Manual, policy #103 "Recruitment and Employment of Classified Staff" will govern our selection and hiring process. Human Resources and hiring authorities work together to develop recruitment and selection strategies for Classified Staff positions. Human Resources is responsible for advising departments about the University's Recruitment Policy in order to ensure compliance. Human Resources is also responsible for ensuring that position announcements comply with established policies and announcing openings to appropriate community and governmental agencies. Hiring authorities are responsible for the selection of candidates.

Both internal and external applicants will be evaluated for apprenticeship positions. Facilities Management will generate the job requisition based on the job description and will post the position on our online recruiting portal and the department's selected advertising strategy. All applicants must apply on line. Once the application materials are submitted, the search committee will review them anytime after the review date or after the job posting closes. Based on review of both minimum and preferred qualifications, and other criteria pre determined by the search committee, the hiring department will select candidates for further consideration and will contact them directly for testing, an interview or additional information. Click here for instructions on how to apply on Career Track.

Q: Are students who have not had formal training in HVAC, Electrical or Plumbing able to apply?

Yes, the minimum requirement is that the candidate have at least one year in a vocational training, but it does not necessarily have to be in the specific trade identified. The selection committee will be looking for people who are interested in a career in the field in which they are applying.

Q: Will there be an aptitude test of basic academic skill and/or an interview?

Yes, selected applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be invited to come and take a test on reading, writing, math, and mechanical or electrical skills. Candidates who score well on the test and their application materials will be invited to an in person interview.