What is an apprenticeship?
- On-the-job training and education program using a planned, closely supervised combination of hands-on, on-the-job training, and classroom education
- Overseen by a joint labor-management committee
- Wage increases as apprentices learn more demanding skills
- Successful completion will result in a journey-level position at Metro
Journey-level means that an individual is recognized by a state/federal registration agency or industry, as being fully qualified to perform the work of the occupation.
Important skills for trades apprenticeships:
- An interest in learning
- Mechanical aptitude
- Use of safety practices
- Good communication (reading, writing, and verbal)
- Problem-solving and creativity
Preparing a strong application
King County Metro apprenticeship programs involve a competitive application process, including skill tests. The following resources can help you prepare a strong application.
Prepare for skill and aptitude tests
Mechanical Aptitude MultiCraft tests are designed to measure the ability of an apprentice or trainee to learn and perform mechanical and electrical production and maintenance job activities.
Electrical Aptitude tests are designed to determine whether an apprentice or trainee candidate possesses the abilities that will help them succeed within the electrical construction industry. A test may measure both an ability to solve problems (using algebra and basic math functions) as well as a reading comprehension section.
Most of these books are available from your local public library.
- "ARCO Teach Yourself to pass Civil Service Exams in 24 Hours" by Shannon R. Turlington.
- "Basic math and Vocabulary for Civil Service Exams" by Learning Express LLC Editors.
- Duran, T. (2015). Barron’s ASVAB: armed services vocational aptitude battery. 11th ed. Hauppauge, NY: Barron's Educational Series.
- Martin, Jack. & Serich, M. (2006). Pre-apprentice “Basic Skills” training: A test preparation manual for the skilled trades. Grand Blanc, MI: Jack Martin & Associates.
- McGraw-Hill Education Editors. (2014). McGraw-Hill Education preparation for the GED test. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.
- Van Slyke, C. (2015). Kaplan GED Test 2015 strategies, practice, and review with 2 practice tests. 12th ed. New York, NY: Kaplan Publishing.
- Wiesen, J. (2015). Barron’s mechanical aptitude and spatial relations test. 3rd ed. Hauppauge, NY: Barron’s Educational Series.
Strengthen your application materials and interviewing skills
WorkSource Washington - All Washington residents may access career support, including career interest and strength exploration.
King County Career Support - Current King County employees may access resume, cover letter and interview assistance.
CareerOneStop - Explore different types of careers and find out what’s in demand through the Department of Labor.