Engine Technician Apprentice Program


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Program Description

The Cummins Technician Apprentice Program is a four-year, government-registered apprentice program. A collaboration between Cummins, community colleges, the U.S. Department of Labor and, in some states, the local Department of Labor. With both on-the-job training to embed skills in a real-world context and formal education in a classroom setting, apprentices achieve the highest recognized industry standards. The first two-and-a-half years will be dedicated to engine fundamentals. After that, you will have the opportunity to focus on one of several specialties:

  • DIESEL ENGINES: Light-duty, MidRange, heavy-duty and natural gas
  • POWER GENERATION: Consumer and commercial products


A formal written apprenticeship agreement with Cummins ensures you receive the following upon successful completion of the program:

  • Hired as a full-time employee with benefits on your date of hire.
  • No college debt. All tuition and travel costs are paid for by Cummins.
  • Progressive wage scale
  • Snap-onĀ® tool box and tools when you begin the program
  • Earn an Associate of Applied Science degree during first 2.5 years
  • Last 18 months of program is career-focused
  • Assigned mentor to support career development

When in the program, you will graduate from college with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Diesel Engine and Heavy Equipment Technology.

Following college graduation, you will take additional classes at one of our Service Training Centers for advanced training providing you an opportunity to:

  • Continue in the shop as a technician for diesel and natural gas engines
  • Attend service leadership training classes to prepare for leadership opportunities
  • Move into a service truck as a field service technician for agriculture, construction, logging, mining or power generation planned maintenance


Students must successfully complete a mechanical assessment, have an unweighted high school GPA of 2.8 to participate, or score 22 or higher on ACT.