Apprenticeship and Trades - Program Overview

At PCC more than 1,500 men and women attend evening or Saturday classes as a part of their training program. PCC provides approximately 10% of an apprentice’s training through in-class work, while 90% of the student’s training is received on the job.

PCC provides classes in accordance with the Apprenticeship and Training Laws for the State of Oregon. These classes present technical instruction for the trades and are intended to complement on-the-job skills for both men and women. Each apprenticeship trade has a joint apprenticeship training committee (JATC), which outlines the procedures to become a journey person. This outline usually consists of two to five years of supervised, on-the-job experience in various aspects of the trade, combined with PCC classes. The training committees outline the type of supportive courses needed to prepare qualified journey persons in addition to working with PCC for related training classes.

While in an apprenticeship program, students must:
  • Meet JATC Standards for both OJT and Related Training compliance.
To obtain an Industrial Technology degree, students must:
  • Meet college graduation requirements including general education, math and English competencies as well as technical education, including a journey card. See Catalog for details.
A typical apprenticeship is:
  • 2 to 5 years of academic studies and working the trade
    • 144 hrs/year at community college
    • 2000 hrs/year with a journeyman

Electrical Trades

To obtain an electrical license in Oregon, you must be enrolled in an electrical apprenticeship, which is a two-step process. You must

  1. work the trade during the day, and
  2. go to school in the evening

After your educational and apprenticeship requirements are met, you will apply to the State Building Codes Division to take the appropriate test for the specific license you are seeking. 

Apply through Oregon State Apprenticeship and Training, 800 NE Oregon Street #32, Portland, Oregon, or call them at 971-673-0760.

PCC is also an approved continuing education training agent for journey person electrical license renewal through the State of Oregon Electrical Licensing Division.

Refrigeration, HVAC and Trade Related

Students may enter any term and choose from the following formats:

  • Selected individual classes
  • EST (Employment Skills Training Certificate)
  • Certificate program
  • Facilities Maintenance Technology Associate’s degree

EST certificates are designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in the HVAC/R industry. The certificate and Associate’s degree are designed to prepare individuals for skilled positions and changing technology in the HVAC/R industry. Training is varied, and you may enter at different levels, depending on your background. Summer term selections are limited.