Maintenance Apprenticeship Training Programs

APS designs and develops job-specific apprenticeship training programs for skilled trades.

The mission of the maintenance apprenticeship training program is to fill gaps in the skills and knowledge of entry level and new hire maintenance technicians. This may include electrical, mechanical, and maintenance technicians. 

APS will work with training and maintenance personnel to assess the training needs of the maintenance workforce and design programs based on the specific job performance needs of the maintenance department. 

APS will then develop the training program materials based on the approved design. 

The program consists of courses that are conducted on a schedule that meets the needs of the facility. Each course is divided into modules that cover a specific topic. These topics incorporate plant-specific equipment and instrumentation as practical examples. “Homework” assignments for each module include actual job performance under the supervision of an experienced maintenance technician. Mid-course and end of course exams include written portions to assess knowledge retention and practical performance portions to determine skills attainment. Each module contains:

An APS assessment of a company’s training typically includes:

  • Instructor Guides

  • Lesson Plans

  • Assignments

  • Assignment Answer Keys

  • Practical Exercises

  • Examinations

Electrical and mechanical curricula can include cross-training for job flexibility.

Typical Electrical Maintenance Apprentice Training Courses are:

  • Electrical Fundamentals (DC and AC theory, resistance, capacitance, inductance, etc.)

  • AC Motor Controls (motor theory, motor control circuits, etc.)

  • Basics of Instrumentation and Process Control (pressure, temperature, level, flow, etc.)

  • PLC Maintenance and Troubleshooting (ladder logic, PLC components, programming, etc.)

  • Mechanical Fundamentals for Electricians (valves, pumps, heat exchangers, etc.)

  • Fluid Power for Electricians (pneumatics, hydraulics, etc.)

As an example, the AC Motor Controls Course for an Electrical Maintenance Apprenticeship Training program typically includes the following modules:

  • Module 1: Circuit Protection Equipment (fuses, circuit breakers, etc.)

  • Module 2: AC Motors

  • Module 3: AC Motor Starters and Protection Devices

  • Module 4: Motor Control Devices (switches, pushbuttons, etc.)

  • Module 5: Motor Control Circuits (low voltage release, low voltage protection, etc.)

  • Module 6: Motor Control Centers and Large Motor Control

  • Module 7: Variable Frequency Drives

  • Module 8: Servo Motors and Drives

  • Module 9: AC Motor Maintenance

  • Module 10: Typical Plant Control Schemes (plant specific)

Typical Mechanical Maintenance Apprentice Training Courses are: 

  • Mechanical Fundamentals (simple machines, measuring devices, lubrication, etc.)

  • Mechanical Power Transmission (belt drives, chain drives, bearings, couplings, etc.)

  • Pumps, Valves, and Heat Exchangers (pump principles and maintenance, valve principles, etc.)

  • Fluid Power (pneumatics, hydraulics, etc.)

  • Electrical Fundamentals for Mechanics (DC and AC theory, resistance, capacitance, etc.)

  • Electrical Controls for Mechanics (motors, motor controls, PLCs, process instrumentation, etc.)

As an example, the Mechanical Fundamentals Course for a Mechanical Maintenance Apprenticeship Training program typically includes the following modules:

  • Module 1: Introduction to Mechanical Fundamentals

  • Module 2: Measurement Devices (scales, calibration, rulers, calipers, etc.)

  • Module 3: Measuring Devices (dial indicators, torque wrenches, etc.)

  • Module 4: Mechanical Principles (physics – mechanical advantage, levers, screws, etc.)

  • Module 5: Mechanical Principles (math, force, motion, work and energy, etc.)

  • Module 6: Power Transmission (gears, couplings, and bearings)

  • Module 7: Fluid Power Systems (pneumatic and hydraulic principles and equipment)

  • Module 8: Pumps and Valves

  • Module 9: Troubleshooting Principles

Read a summary of one of our apprenticeship programs.

For a free budgetary cost estimate for apprenticeship program design and development or for more information including examples, email us at or call us at 610-987-4050.

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