Apprenticeship & Trades

Swan Island Trades Center | Administrative Assistant: Shawna Brown | 971-722-5650 | FAX: 971-722-5656 |

A World of Opportunity

Sheetmetal worker student

Careers in the trades are booming. As the current population of experienced tradespeople nears retirement age, companies are scrambling to train and hire skilled workers.  Trades jobs are an important part of Oregon’s economic history and present economic recovery. The State of Oregon March 2015 Economic and Revenue Forecast continues to identify construction as among the major industries with the highest number of job gains (3.6%). Well beyond its completion, all construction requires maintenance, which continues to employ trades workers including inside electricians, millwrights, industrial mechanics, facilities maintenance technicians and many more.

PCC Options


Entry into the trades can seem daunting for students without prior experience. The pre-trades program at PCC is designed to give these students an overview of the industry and the knowledge they need to choose a trade that works for them. The coursework also builds skills students will need to progress into a registered apprenticeship program or employment in the trades.


Apprenticeship offers the opportunity to earn while you learn and become a highly paid, skilled worker with potential for long-term stability and growth into management positions. PCC offers a number of apprenticeship classes that are open to the general public and provide training in a variety of trades. All apprenticeship classes are held at the Swan Island Trade Center. Although apprenticeship classes at PCC are open to the public, in order to officially register for and earn hours through the registered industrial apprentice programs that partner with PCC, students must be currently employed and sponsored by a participating employer. Participating employers select apprentices from their existing employees. PCC is not currently able to place students in employment for apprenticeship purposes. You can learn more about these programs by exploring the Registered Apprenticeship page.

After you have completed a registered Apprenticeship Program you may be eligible for the following degrees and/or certificates:

Please refer to the Apprenticeship FAQ or contact the Apprenticeship Administrator if you have additional questions.