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Apprenticeship Programs

Opportunities to learn

At Cox Manufacturing we strive to live up to our Vision Statement. We feel that part of "being a positive influence for Christ" is doing our part to help educate and pass along the knowledge we have learned to the next generation of manufacturers. With our Apprenticeship Program certified by the US Department of Labor we have the skills and know how to achieve maximum results.

The Apprentice Program is a 3 year program for individuals seeking a career as a professional machine technician. Starting pay for the program is $12.00 per hour. Requirements for the Apprentice Program are the following: Have a High School Diploma or GED, have a stable work history for the past 10 years, take a personal inventory survey, pass a math test, background check, and drug test. Applicants must be mechanically inclined and capable of working independently. You can achieve Journeyman status in the 4th year and it takes an additional 2 years of training to become a Master Machine Technician.

Apprentice Machinist Training Program



Related Training Instructions (RTI)

  • In House Training
  • Tooling U SME Training                 



On the Job Learning (OJL)

  • 3 Year Program
  • 40 hours a week for 150 weeks


Financial Peace University (FPU)


Wellness Program

  • Education
  • Physical Assessments



Total Hours


Apprentice - Frequently Asked Questions

Will I get paid like an employee?

Yes. All of our apprentices are full time employees.

How long is the program?

It is a three year program.

Am I still employed after the three year program?

Yes. After completing the three year program, a person is a journeyman.

Can I finish quicker?

Yes. Some of our apprentices have finished a year of training in eight or ten months.

Do I have to pay for anything?

No. We will sponsor the program. Apprentices don't pay for anything out of pocket.

Do I need to have machining experience?

No. The program is designed to train apprentices without any experience. A person does have to be mechanically inclined.

What if I already have machining experience?

The employee's experience and competency will be assessed and then they will be placed in the appropriate level of the apprenticeship program.

Is the program accredited?

Yes. It is registered and certified with the Department of Labor. Also, in most cases, the program will transfer to some college credit.

How do I get started?

The first step is to come in and apply at the company. Office hours are Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Are there multiple schedules and/or shifts?

Yes. We have three shifts:

7:00am - 4:00pm

3:30pm - 12:00am

11:00pm - 7:30am

Can I start working on 2nd or 3rd shift?

No. First shift is required for initial training. It typically takes employees 6 months to go to an off shift.

Can I work part time?

No. All of our positions are full time.

What if I want to go to college?

We currently offer 100% reimbursement for tuition and books. First shift is required for initial training. It typically takes employees 6 months to go to an off shift. The shifts are:

7:00am - 4:00pm

3:30pm - 12:00am

11:00pm - 7:30am

Do I need to travel to take the apprenticeship classes?

No. Our classes are completed on-site or on-demand using the internet.

Do I need to have internet?

No. While you can do the classes in the comfort of your own home, we also have computers available on-site.

Will I be eligible for raises before I complete the program?

Yes. Year 1 apprentices receive $12/hour; Year 2 receives $14/hour; Year 3 receives $16/hour, and Journeymen receive $18/hour.

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