Advanced MHDT Electrical/Electronics, Pre-Apprentice

Advanced MHDT Electrical/Electronics, Pre-Apprentice

Potential earnings range:
Per year after graduation

Do you use various electronics on a regular basis? Ever wonder how those electronics work? Do gauges, batteries and circuits interest you? 

Then you may be a good fit for Job Corps’ Advanced MHDT Electrical/Electronics, Pre-Apprentice training program. Pre-apprenticeships are focused on preparing students for a successful experience in a Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP). That means your hands-on training will be based on industry standards in order to prepare you for high-skill, quality employment. 

On the job, you will ...

  • Identify problems (often by using computerized diagnostic equipment)  
  • Plan work procedures, use charts, technical manuals and experience   
  • Test parts and systems to ensure that they work properly  
  • Perform basic care and maintenance, including changing oil, checking fluid levels and rotating tires 
  • Knowledge of computer controls and the ability to diagnose electrical and hydraulic problems are needed to work on these complex components 

Some of the career options you will have ...

Most Advanced MHDT Electrical/Electronics, Pre-Apprentice graduates go to work for body shops, including independently owned body shops and those found in car dealerships. Graduates may also be qualified to work in certain automotive manufacturing plants. 

The credentials you will earn ...

This is the first level of Advanced Training offered in the Medium Heavy Duty Truck (MHDT) series. In the Advanced MHDT Electrical/Electronics, Pre-Apprentice program, you can earn industry-recognized credentials, from such organizations as the United Auto Workers (UAW), upon completion of the program. Students will also have the opportunity to earn other nationally recognized credentials from such organizations as:   

  • National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)  
  • National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) 
  • Safety and Pollution Prevention (SP2) 

Students should also earn a state-issued learner’s permit and driver’s license upon completion of the program. 

What you’ll need to start training ... 

  • High school diploma or the equivalent (can be earned at all Job Corps centers)
  • Complete a basic Job Corps Automotive and Machine Repair career technical training program
  • Passing scores on all written and performance tests
  • Meet academic (math and reading) requirements
  • At least 17½ years old
  • Positive attendance and progress record
  • Written recommendation from Job Corps center personnel
  • Health clearance at current center
  • Strong work ethic and determination to succeed
  • Have a valid driver’s license or no barriers to receiving a license while enrolled 
  • Complete a successful phone, in-person or videoconference interview 
* Salary information comes from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics Program and is provided for planning purposes only. Actual salary will depend on student skill level, credentials earned, experience level and location.