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ABOUT.

EARN MONEY WHILE YOU LEARN.

NCTAP is an apprenticeship program designed to develop experts needed in the modern workforce. The program, based in North Carolina’s Triangle area, focuses on integrated basic training which develops technical, methodological, and social skills. The core training program utilizes a hands-on approach to develop skills across a wide range of disciplines.

Starting in the 11th grade of high school, this 4-year program is divided into modules, with classes leading to an Associate’s Degree (AAS) in Mechanical Engineering Technology at Wake Tech Community College or Mechatronics Engineering Technology at Vance Granville Community College and paid, on-the-job training at participating Triangle employers.

NCTAP is proud to be associated with Apprenticeship 2000, a highly-successful program in the Charlotte area, and with the NC Department of Commerce’s Apprenticeship & Training Bureau.

LEARN MORE – PRESENTATION
Experience

Experience.

LEARN FROM THE BEST.

At NCTAP prepares you for high-demand careers such as…
01. MECHANICAL ENGINEERING.

Design, develop, build, and test mechanical and thermal sensors and devices, including tools, engines, and machines.

02. MACHINIST.

Machinists use machine tools, such as lathes, milling machines, and grinders, to produce precision metal parts.

03. ELECTRICIANS.

A tradesperson specializing in electrical wiring of buildings, stationary machines, and related equipment.

04. OTHER EXCELLENT FIELDS.

Careers in fields such as design, metal fabrication, machine coding, machine learning, automation and more.

Skill

Skills.

RESULTS DRIVEN DESIGN.

In most cases, apprentices, due to their superior education, assume managerial responsibility early in their careers. Not surprisingly, most NCTAP partner businesses were founded by former apprentices; some are world leaders in their field..
DESIGN 85%
MACHINE LEARNING 90%
ELECTRICAL 78%
FABRICATION 93%
ENGINEERING 85%
AUTOMATION 94%

SKILLS TO LAUNCH YOUR CAREER.

Getting excited yet? Find out what it takes to get into the NCTAP program.

Prerequisites

Prereqs.

YOUR CAREER IS WAITING.

We want you to succeed. To give you the best foundation for that success, NCTAP has a selective process for applicants…
SELECTION PROCESS
TIMELINE
Schools

Schools.

FIND OUT WHEN WE’LL BE AT YOUR SCHOOL.

NCTAP Partner companies visit High schools in the Fall to speak to interested students about the NCTAP program.

For more information you can contact your schools Career Development Coordinator.

FAQs

FAQ.

LET’S ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS.

Is this something new? 2017-09-18T18:49:57+00:00

No! Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Henry Ford, Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, the Wright Brothers and many others entered their careers through apprenticeships. NCTAP is returning this time-tested means of career development to the Triangle

What if I want to earn a four-year degree later? 2017-11-11T16:07:26+00:00

NCTAP Apprentices earn a two-year Associated Degree (AAS) in Mechanical Engineering Technology.  Credits earned at Wake Tech or Vance Granville Community College are transferable to in-state four-year colleges with Engineering Technology curriculums.  Many employers support continued studies, and it is not unusual for former apprentices to pursue further degrees.

How much will I be paid as an NCTAP apprentice? 2017-09-18T18:45:45+00:00

NCTAP apprentices are paid a competitive hourly wage which increases annually. Bonuses and benefits are typically included but these vary by employer.

How long does it take? 2017-09-18T18:45:28+00:00

Starting in the last year of high school, an NCTAP apprenticeship takes four years. NCTAP apprentices start their careers as rising high school juniors, years ahead of those who pursue a traditional four-year college degree before gaining real-world skills

What skills are learned in NCTAP? 2017-09-18T18:45:13+00:00

Apprentices will receive training at Wake Tech in the following areas: machining, welding, sheet metal fabrication, computer controls & automation (PLC), machine assembly and repair, plastic molding/forming, composites, electrical circuitry and electronics, all part of the Associate’s Degree (AAS) in Mechanical Engineering Technology they earn. While at work you will receive further training specific to your employer’s needs, which may include certification in these skills, These skills are in great demand in the U.S. and abroad.

What are the outcomes of NCTAP? 2017-09-18T18:44:32+00:00

A high school diploma, an Associate’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology at Wake Tech (paid by your employer), a Journeyman’s Certificate, four years of paidwork experience and in most cases a guaranteed job.

What is NCTAP? 2017-09-18T18:44:11+00:00

A partnership between NC Triangle Region industry, community colleges, high
schools (public, charter, private, and home) and the North Carolina Apprenticeship and Training Bureau.

What is a Master Craftsman? 2017-09-18T18:43:45+00:00

The ultimate achievement of a skilled tradesman, a Journeyman can only achieve this distinction following years of work under another Master Craftsman and successful completion of an array of written, oral and skills examinations. In many countries, only a Master Craftsman may be permitted to establish a business in his trade, assuring a high standard.

What is a Journeyman? 2017-09-18T18:43:26+00:00

The name for the graduate of an apprenticeship program such as NCTAP, “Journeyman” is derived from the German “Wanderschaft”, the age-old practice of apprentices traveling (‘wandern’) between several Master Craftsman during their training.Within NCTAP, apprentices will gain a similar variety of skills from their employer and while attending classes at Wake Tech.

What is an apprenticeship? 2017-09-18T18:43:04+00:00

An apprenticeship combines on-the-job training with formal lectures and hands-on learning. NCTAP apprenticeships are based on the best examples found in Europe, especially Austria, Germany and Switzerland.

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“NCTAP has been such an incredible experience for me. I am pumped to have my education paid for, gain skills to take into my career and have a job lined up after my apprenticeship!”

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Our Partners.

PROUD TO WORK WITH THE BEST.

Click on the image of any of our partners to learn more about each company.

Events.

EXPERIENCE IT FOR YOURSELF.

Our Facility tours are held in December and January. They are a fantastic way to learn more about NCTAP and gain insight into the Manufacturing environment at the companies. This is the first step towards your future career.
Contact

Contact.

LET’S TALK.

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