One of the greatest challenges facing the industry today is a shortage of candidates with the technical skills necessary to qualify for key roles now available in the manufacturing sector. In response to this challenge, Dow expanded the apprenticeship program in 2015 to its U.S. operations sites by creating new apprenticeships. Since then it has grown to include nine U.S. based locations. The Dow U.S. Apprenticeship Program has begun to provide a pipeline of talent which will ensure that we maintain our highly skilled technical workforce to support business growth and advance skill development in Manufacturing and Engineering.

Dow’s fully paid Apprenticeship Program offers three-plus years of on-the-job experience while earning a two-year Associate’s Degree in some of the most sought after and highest earning technical specialties in the industry. Apprentices work for Dow, earning competitive wages and full college tuition while gaining in-depth, specialized training in one of America's most in-demand manufacturing specialties to enhance their marketability for today's lucrative manufacturing roles like:

  • Chemical Process Technician
  • Instrument Electrical Technician
  • Millwright
  • Electrician
  • Laboratory Technician

Through partnerships between Dow and local community colleges, this program combines classroom training and hands-on learning to build in-depth skills and experience. Upon successful completion of the program, apprentices will be evaluated for full-time employment opportunities at Dow.
Participants in the Dow U.S Apprenticeship Program must have:

  • High school degree or GED
  • Minimum of 2.5 grade point average
  • Completed coursework in algebra
  • Preferred coursework in natural or physical science

Learn more about our program from Rich Wells, Vice President & Site Director for Dow's Michigan Operations, as he introduces you to Dow's U.S. Apprenticeship Program offering you a glimpse of what is involved with the Instrument Electrical Technician and Process Operator roles.

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