Because the electrical and plumbing industries are constantly changing, apprentices are now more important than ever! Apprenticeships are formal learning programs that emphasize on-the-job training under the supervision of qualified tradespeople along with classroom instruction at Southwest Tech. Terms of apprenticeships vary but usually are four to five years and require specified hours of day school, night school, and prescribed work experience.

Southwest Tech's Electrical and Plumbing Apprenticeship Programs combine classroom learning with hands-on training. Southwest Tech instructors are State of Wisconsin Certified Master Electricians and Plumbers as well as Certified instructors by the State of Wisconsin Technical College (WTCS) system.