Apprenticeships with SFMTA

What is an Apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is a combination of on the job training (OJT) and related classroom instruction under the supervision of a journey level craft person or trade professional in which workers learn the practical and theoretical aspects of a highly skilled occupation. An Apprenticeship offers opportunities to earn a salary while learning the skills necessary to succeed in high demand careers within the City and County of San Francisco.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Must possess a high school diploma (GED or California High School Proficiency Certificate)
  • Must be 18 years of age by the end of the selection process
  • Possession of a valid CA Class C Driver’s license
  • Successfully pass City & County pre-employment drug test
  • Proof of 1 year of High School Algebra or 1 term of college Algebra with a passing grade of “C” or better.

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Position descriptions

Apprentice Maintenance Machinists (7327)

Maintenance machinists repair or make new parts for existing machinery. After an industrial machinery mechanic or maintenance worker discovers the broken part of a machine or vehicle, they give the broken part to the machinist. To replace broken parts, maintenance machinists refer to blueprints and perform the same machining operations that were needed to create the original part.

Machinists use machine tools, such as lathes, milling machines, and grinders, to produce precision metal parts. Many machinists must be able to use both manual and CNC machinery. CNC machines control the cutting tool speed and do all necessary cuts to create a part.

Apprentice Automotive Machinists (7320)

Automotive machinists repair cars, trucks, buses, motorcycles, all two or four-cycle engines (air or liquid-cooled) and all other work associated with automotive mechanics, including brakes, chassis, clutch, transmission, drive lines, rear-axle assembly and all phases of engine repair. They also work on electrical systems, cooling systems, smog controls, fuel systems, and exhaust systems. Machine shop automotive machinists do crankshaft grinding, cylinder boring, bench work, machine tool maintenance, engine reconditioning and automatic unit rebuilding. Other work processes cover auto body repair, auto painter, fork lift mechanic, and heavy-duty equipment mechanic. Other automotive apprenticeships are more specific towards their area of interest, such as parts technician, auto body repair and diesel mechanic.

Apprentice Automotive Body & Fender

Traffic accidents result in thousands of damaged automobiles each day. While some automobiles may be totaled, many can still be repaired and fixed up to look and run like new. An automotive body worker will remove fixable dents, replace parts damaged beyond correction, and straighten out bent bodies. These repairers work on a variety of different vehicles such as buses, trucks and trains.

If you have a love for vehicles, a steady hand and an eye for detail, you might find a career as an automotive body & fender worker. Auto body technicians fix vehicles after they've been damaged in an accident or other incident. They use a wide array of tools to cut off old parts, connect new parts to the car, fill holes, repair scratches, dents and dings, and make the car look as good as new.

Apprentice Car & Auto Body Painter

In preparation for a painting project, auto body painters remove rust and other debris from surfaces to be painted, fill cavities and dents in vehicles to create an even surface, mask or tape off details and components to avoid contamination and select the proper colors and substances for the project. The painting process itself involves using paint sprayers and brushes to apply paint to a vehicle, determining the necessary application of paint for a thorough coat and checking for runs or sags in the paint to ensure a quality product.

Apprentice Automotive Mechanic

Automotive mechanics are professionals who are skilled in the repair and maintenance of motor vehicles of all types. An auto mechanic may be called upon to work with cars, trucks, and buses. Because the skills of the mechanic are required in so many different settings, an individual with an aptitude for mechanics can usually find work with ease.

An auto mechanic may choose to provide services in a general setting or focus on a particular aspect of the function of motorized vehicles. For example, the mechanic may pursue the acquisition of knowledge that makes it possible to repair cars and trucks that utilized any type of engine and transmission. Others may choose to focus on a subcategory of auto repair, such as becoming proficient in working on diesel engines or manual transmissions.

Pre-Apprentice Automotive Mechanic (9940)

Pre-Apprentice Automotive Mechanic performs semi-skilled trainee work designed to introduce career options and role models in connection with the operation, maintenance and repair of automotive vehicles. As part of a Pre-Apprenticeship program, incumbents learn about the work environment, required skilled mechanical work, and real-life experience to help them find employment as an apprentice and eventually as a journey mechanic.


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