McDowells apprenticeship training should be considered as comparable to a professional education… not just a job. It will be a long hard grind to finish the three years of training, meet your obligations at work and at home, and still give what it takes to get the job done. But, for those who complete the task – the monetary rewards and pride of accomplishment are well worth the effort! Idaho registered apprenticeship programs are Equal Opportunity Programs – all applicants will be treated equally without regards to: Race * Religion * Color * Sex * National Origin

General Information

McDowells Registered Apprenticeship programs meet the skilled workforce needs of American Specialty Repair industry, training alot of qualified individuals for lifelong careers since 2002. Apprentices earn competitive wages, a paycheck from day one and guaranteed incremental raises as skill levels increase. Apprentices also complete a combination of industry-specific classroom education and hands-on career training leading to nationally recognized certifications.

Apprenticeship Qualifications

  1. All applicants shall be at least (18) years of age.
  2. Applicants shall be high school graduates or provide proof of equivalent educational attainment such as successful completion of the General Education Development (GED) tests. Each applicant shall submit, with the completed application, a high school diploma or official report of GED test results.
  3. All applicants shall pass an examination resigned to test the applicant’s reading and math skills and aptitude for employment in the specialty repair industry.
  4. Upon selection, pass a valid drug test (paid for by employer).
  5. Be capable of performing the physical requirements of the job without posing a direct threat to the health and safety of themselves or others.
  6. Consent to a post offer pre-hire medical exam.

Application Process

Interested individuals must apply through an open recruitment and complete the recruitment process, which consists of an application, an aptitude test, and an interview. Application requests are made in person or by mail. Applications are only accepted during open recruitment periods. For open recruitment information, visit McDowells website.

Application materials, including the completed Apprenticeship application and a copy of your high school diploma or GED certificate.

Application deadlines vary per recruitment. Upon submission of application, there are two more steps before one can be considered for apprenticeship: the Specialty Repair Industry Aptitude Test (SRIAT) and the interview.


What is a registered apprenticeship?

Registered Apprenticeship is a formal system of employee training that combines on-the-job training with related technical instruction. It is designed to produce craft-workers that are fully competent in all aspects of an occupation, including: knowledge, skill and proficiency on the job. Registered Apprenticeship programs meet the skilled workforce needs of American industry, training millions of qualified individuals for lifelong careers since 1937. Registered Apprenticeship helps mobilize America’s workforce with structured, on-the-job learning in traditional industries such as construction and manufacturing, as well as new emerging industries such as vinyl, leather and hardplastic repair, paint-less dent repair, paint repair and clear coat correction, auto window tint and more.

The U.S. Dept. of Labor’s Apprenticeship Program allows employers to design their own apprenticeship program which provides apprentices with specific skills, training and job-related instruction tailored to the company’s needs.

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