The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is accepting applications for its new Transportation Mechanic Apprenticeship Program (TMAP) from students enrolled in an automotive or diesel technology program with the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS).
The apprenticeships would involve working with local Kentucky Department of Highways maintenance garages. The TMAP program is the state’s first automotive technician apprenticeship registered with the Kentucky Labor Cabinet’s Division of Apprenticeship.
“Partnering with KCTCS to provide an automotive technician apprenticeship program benefits Kentucky’s workforce and assists our KYTC mission,” says Transportation Secretary Greg Thomas. “TMAP apprentices will help maintain and repair the equipment our road crews use to provide a safe and reliable transportation system for all who travel Kentucky’s roadways. TMAP also offers opportunities for Kentuckians to improve their quality of life through practical training as they work toward their associate’s degree.”
KYTC reports apprentices will gain 2,000 hours of combined coursework and hands-on experience in two years and will have a four-month probationary period.
“Work ethic and willingness to learn and take direction are necessary for satisfactory completion of the program,” the agency says. “TMAP apprentices will receive increasing pay opportunities, starting at $9.50 per hour and potentially advancing to $14.42 upon graduating. After satisfactorily completing TMAP, graduates will receive a nationally recognized credential in addition to their two-year college degree.”
More details about the TMAP, as well as a downloadable application, are available at transportation.ky.gov/Education or by emailing Ramona.Brock@ky.gov. The deadline to submit an application is Sept. 15.