General Service Technician (ITAC)
Select this application if you would like to apply to the Independent Technician Automotive Committee (ITAC) General Service Technician Youth Apprenticeship.
Please note: This program is only available to current sophomores and juniors in the following school/districts:
- Yakima Valley Tech
- Puyallup High School
- Pierce County Skills Center
IMPORTANT: There is a section on this application to upload your documents including your Resume, Personal Essay, and Official High School Transcript.
When Will The Next Cohort Begin?
Each spring, ITAC and its partnering employers will hire and enroll the next cohort of Youth Apprentices across Washington State. If you're interested in becoming a General Service Technician Youth Apprentice in Spring 2019, you can submit an application at any time. Application approval by ITAC staff may not occur until a deadline has been established. Have any questions or concerns? Please email us anytime.
The Independent Technicians Automotive Committee (ITAC) have developed a registered General Service Technician (GST) Youth Apprenticeship Program for Washington State. This 2,000 hour apprenticeship is designed for high school students to develop career-ready skills in the automotive repair industry.
This apprenticeship program combines structured, paid on-the-job training at an ITAC employer and college-level classroom instruction which can lead to a high school diploma, journey-level credential and tuition-free college credits.
A General Service Technician (GST) performs a wide-variety of basic automotive maintenance, repair, and diagnostic duties used in the trade. GST’s identify and interpret suspension and steering concerns, and determine automotive corrections. GST’s inspect and diagnose brake systems and replace components. GST’s will also determine fluid levels, leaks, and perform preventative maintenance measures.
Where Will I Work and How Much Will I Earn:
ITAC has partnered with independent automotive repair shops to provide supervised and structured paid on-the-job training. Apprentices will work 10-20 hours per week during the school year and full-time during the summer. Pay will vary by number of hours worked and employer.
Where Are Classes Held:
Apprentices will attend class one day a week during which they will learn the theory behind the art of automotive repair from the industry’s top instructors. Additionally, the apprentices will earn 15 total college credits (at no-cost) from a local community or technical college
To launch your career as an General Service Technician, you will need to meet the minimum qualifications:
- 16 years or older enrolled in a school district ITAC has partnered with
- A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0
- Letter of Recommendation from a partnering school district teacher
- Participated in an Automotive Career and Technical Education (CTE) course
- Must have transportation to and from worksite
- Social security card or green card
- Picture identification (Driver's License or School ID Card)
Prior to the start of each cohort, ITAC and potential Youth Apprentices will have a designated day to be interviewed by ITAC's partnering employers. Employment and enrollment in Youth Apprenticeship Program is solely determined by the hiring employer.
Cost of Program:
ITAC's Youth Apprenticeship is a no-cost program for qualified apprentices or employers.
What Does it Take to Succeed:
You should be detail-oriented, a problem-solver and capable of working independently and as part of a team. You should also have a good work ethic, basic math skills and an interest in working with your hands.
Will I Earn College Credits:
Yes! All Youth Apprentices will earn 15 tuition-free college credits from a local community or technical college
REQUIRED DOCUMENTS TO SUBMIT:
- Personal Essay (Download Personal Essay Template Here)
- Educator Recommendation (Educator Must Complete Online Recommendation)
- Official High School Transcript
There is an area after you apply to upload these documents. For your letter of recommendation and transcript, please utilize the general document upload portal.