As a CAP apprentice, you will be paid while you learn – both on the job and in the classroom. Advantages of the Career Accelerator Program:

  • Associates in Applied Science degree from Alamance Community College
  • Journeyman Certificate from the NC Department of Commerce/
    US Department of Labor
  • Benefits and tuition from the employer
  • 8,000 hours of training
  • 6,400 hours of on-the-job learning manufacturing skills
  • 1,600 hours of college education
  • Guaranteed job opportunity upon completion

What is Mechatronics?

Mechatronics is an emerging field integrating the principles of mechanical and electrical engineering and computer science offering a new approach to design and development in the manufacturing industry.

Click here to find out more about Mechatronics.

Career training available for:

  • CNC Machinist
  • Electrical Maintenance technician
  • HVAC technician
  • Machinist
  • Mechanical Maintenance Technician
  • Mechanical Technician
  • Mechatronics Technician
  • Mold/Plastic Technician
  • Tool and Die Maker


Selection requirements

  • Minimum GPA 2.8
  • For home schooled students, community college placement test
  • Math 1, Math 2 & Math 3
  • Attendance (No more than 5 absences per year)
  • Commitment of parent/guardian and student

Recommended courses

    • Physics
    • Drafting or Engineering
    • Computers (MSITA, Programming, MaWD)
    • Any Related Hands-On Courses (Automotive, Electronics, Agricultural Mechanics, Machining, Welding, etc.)

Application Process (Click here for a printable Program Highlights Handout 2018-19)

Information Sessions and Applications (October)

  • Information sessions held at high schools and Alamance Community College in October
  • High school juniors and seniors may apply
  • Contact your Guidance Counselor or Career Development Coordinator for questions
  • Apply from mid-October to February 15th by completing the application and following ALL submission instructions

Facility Tours (Nov-Jan)

Application (by Feb.15)

  • Application submission must include an official copy of the student transcript and attendance record

Orientation (Mid March)

  • Selected students will be invited to attend orientation classes
  • Four evenings in March
  • Hands-on activities
  • Teamwork, collaboration and communication scenarios
  • Written exercises and evaluations

Summer Internship Program

  • Selected students will be invited to participate in a summer internship/pre-apprenticeship
  • Six-weeks at a partner company
  • Hands-on in depth trial period
  • Evaluations from a trainer
  • Paid 40 hour work week, including two days at Alamance Community College
  • Must meet physical requirements of job and pass substance abuse screen


  • Selected students will be invited to become Apprentices and participate in a signing ceremony in mid-August. Apprentices will start their official on-the-job training with a mentor, and start classes towards their degree in Mechatronics Engineering Technology at Alamance Community College.