Automotive/Diesel Pre-Apprenticeship

Program Duration: January 25th - May 21st, 2021
Times: 1-8PM M, T, W & Th

Location:  Online Courses through Zoom offered by College of Alameda & JVS

Program Overview: Get prepared to perform well on apprenticeship and civil service exams with this free 16-week pre-apprenticeship program. Union apprenticeships and careers at public agencies (ex. Automotive and transit agencies) offer great benefits and opportunities for advancement.  Skilled trades jobs like mechanic & machinists are in high demand.  Women and job seekers with previous conviction histories are encouraged to apply. 

This part-time program provides: 

  • Preparation for success in the union apprenticeship and civil service process 
  • Instruction in math, test-taking strategies, and spatial and mechanical reasoning 
  • Paid on-the-job training at Bay Area Transit / Automotive public agencies 
  • Referral to local apprenticeship and civil service testing opportunities 
  • Job search skills, interview prep, and resume assistance 
  • Site tours of potential employment sites at water and wastewater agencies 
  • Stipend and financial assistance for books, transportation, GED preparation, and childcare  
  • Post-training assistance with job placement and referral to apprentice testing opportunities 

Application Process: 

  1. Fill out the online application below 
  2. Eligible applicants will be contacted for a phone screen 
  3. Attend a math test prep class (strongly recommended) 
  4. Attend a required math assessment and in-person interview 
  5. High-scoring applicants will be accepted  
  6. Selected candidates will be invited to attend a mandatory Welcome Orientation & On-boarding Session.


  • Age 18 or older by January 25th, 2021?*
  • Authorized to work in the US by January 25th, 2021
  • Able to obtain a driver’s license 
  • GED or HS Diploma (preferred)  
  • Interest in the skilled trades in the Automotive / Diesel Industry
  • Able to register at Collegeof Alameda for Spring 2021 classes 
  • Proof of Selective Services Registration (males only) 

Application Deadline

The application for the Automotive / Diesel Pre-Apprenticeship program will close on November 20th, 2020 at midnight.

Will you be 18 years of age by January 25, 2021? *
Will you be authorized to work in the United States by January 25, 2021? *
How do you identify your gender? *
Which of the following options best describes your race/ethnicity? *
Do you have proof of Selective Services Registration (males only)? *
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