2023 Apprenticeship Graduates

Governor Mike Parsons meeting apprentices and learning about the apprenticeship program at Fort Zumwalt East High Metals Lab.

U.S. Department of Labor Nationally Recognized Apprenticeships

The U.S. Department of Labor defines apprenticeship as an “earn and learn” training model that combines work-based learning with related classroom instruction using the highest industry standards. It is a means to formalize work-based learning, so workers know exactly how to progress toward their career goals, and companies know who is on the path toward promotion into new positions or to replace retiring workers.

Businesses, workforce professionals, educators, and others are looking to apprenticeship programs as an effective way to start high school students and other youth on a career pathway that leads to good wages and opportunities for advancement.

What is the Fort Zumwalt Apprenticeship Program and how does it work?

Students that are interested in applying for the Fort Zumwalt Apprenticeship Program need to enroll and complete one of the many Career Technical Education (CTE) Apprenticeship Courses offered at Fort Zumwalt School District. (Industrial Tech, Business, FACS, Healthcare, IT, etc.) Once they have completed the course, they can fill out the application including  two instructor recommendations. Applicants will then be asked to interview at a local business partner for the apprenticeship position they have selected. If hired, the applicant will be registered with the USDOL Recognized Apprenticeship Program, and complete the requirements set forth by the program. Minimum hours of on the job training is 2000 hours. The 2000 hours do not have to be completed by a students graduation,  Students may continue the pursuit of the Apprenticeship after graduation.



 Apprenticeship Occupations

Commerical Cabinet Assembler (RAPIDS CODE: 1027CB  ) 

Safely use all power equipment and tools in construction processes. Assemble, machine, and put together cabinets and furniture.  Read drawings and plans to correctly assemble customer orders, Inspect and test assemblies. Package and ship customer orders

Merric Millwork and Seating 

Fixture Concepts Inc   

Machine Operator (RAPIDS CODE: 0511  )

Start-up and shutdown of various equipment. Running various equipment- splitters; auto loaders; injection molding machines; assembly machines; stamping presses; CNC and machining centers 

Quest Specialty Products

Patterson Mold and Tool

Seyer Industries

Component Bar Products

Mechanical Engineering Technician (RAPIDS CODE: 0777CB)

Mechanical Design with computer aided design (CAD) Tools.  Tolerance Analysis / Critical to Function Dimensions. Design Documentation / Engineering Change Process. Design for Manufacturability / Manufacturing / Fabrication Processes. Prototyping / Mechanical Assembly of Early User Hardware / Application Verification 

Merric Millwork and Seating

National Cart

Production Technologist (RAPIDS CODE: 1027CB)

Work as part of a team having responsibility for assembling an entire product or component of a product.  Welding emphasis as a part of this occupation, Team assemblers can perform all tasks conducted by the team in the assembly process and rotate through all or most of them, rather than being assigned to a specific task on a permanent basis. May participate in making management decisions affecting the work. Includes team leaders who work as part of the team. 

National Cart

Assembler Installer General (RAPIDS CODE: 0876CB)

Assemble, fit, fasten, and install parts of airplanes, space vehicles, or missiles, such as

tails, wings, fuselage, bulkheads, stabilizers, landing gear, rigging and control equipment, or heating and ventilating systems.


IT Generalist (RAPIDS CODE:  1059CB)

Provide technical assistance to computer users. Answer questions or resolve computer problems for clients in person, via telephone, or electronically. May provide assistance concerning the use of computer hardware and software, including printing, installation, word processing, electronic mail, and operating systems. 

Fort Zumwalt

Health Support Specialist/ Medication Aide or Rehabilitative Aide

RAPIDS Code:  1086AA-CL

Home Health Aides (HHAs) assist clients in their own homes and other community settings with the Activities of Daily Living. Provides training to the apprentice to develop the skills required for the Medication aide. The Rehabilitative Aide performs restorative duties under the supervision of a Registered Nurse. 


Health Support Specialist/Culinary or Environmental Services

RAPIDS Code:  1086AA-CL

Prepares and cooks family-style meals for crews or residents and employees of institutions:  Cooks foodstuffs in quantities according to menu and number of persons to be served.  Washes dishes, bakes breads and pastry.  Cut meat, plans menu, taking advantage of foods in season and local availability.  May serve meals, order supplies and keep records and accounts.  May direct activities of one or more workers who assist in preparing and serving meals.  Certification in ServSafe is received following a three-hour course completion.



Merric Millwork and Seating is a leading, custom woodwork and seating manufacturer centrally located in O'fallon, MO. With 25+ years of experience. Merric takes great pride in delivering high-quality, custom-crafted products on time, every time, to its customers in the restaurant, hotel, hospitality, casino and healthcare industries, among others. Constructing products of high-quality materials that are built to last, Merric operates a state of the art 100,000 square-foot facility complete with two specialized finishing booths for unmatched, superior finishes on all types of wood and metal.

National HealthCare Corporation (NHC) has been providing the best in senior care for 50 years.  At NHC, we believe that care should respect the individual, promote recovery, well being and independence.  We believe in celebrating life every day with our patients and residents. NHC currently operates for themselves and third parties 68 skilled nursing facilities with 8,726 beds.  NHC affiliates also operate 23 assisted living communities with 1,210 units, five independent living communities  with 475 units, three behavioral health hospitals, 35 homecare agencies, and 29 hospice agencies.  NHC’s other services include Alzheimer’s and memory care units, pharmacy services, a rehabilitation services company, and providing management and accounting services to third party post-acute operators. 


Quest Specialty Products is a production machining and manufacturing enterprise that manufactures parts, assemblies and systems for many different industries. Some of which include automotive, transportation, energy, aerospace, and general industry. Located in Bridgeton Missouri, Quest operates a state of the art 60,000 square foot facility complete with CNC mills, lathes, water jet and wire EDM machines. They also offer high quality inspection and testing, and welding, fabrication, assembly and integration services.


National Cart is a leader in the design, manufacturing and distribution of material handling products, food services products and store fixtures.  They design custom equipment for a range of businesses—from local grocers to Fortune 100 companies. They understand challenges, and use their experience and expertise to build custom solutions with an emphasis on safety, quality and speed. They consistently deliver products that perform better, last longer and arrive right when they’re needed. 


Patterson Mold & Tool provides full service tool, product, and machine design services. We offer innovative common sense solutions to conquer the most difficult projects. Our engineers are highly qualified and experienced. Utilizing the latest in CAD technology they are able to turn unique concepts and designs into reality. Some of the services we are able to provide include product development, machine and die design, 3D solid modeling, project management and drafting/drawing creation. Our engineers stay very connected with their projects and are very accessible when any need arises. Our goal is to help the customer, develop a robust design that exceeds expectations, and streamline the process from the beginning to the end. 


Fixture Concepts Inc  manufactures  high quality architectural millwork, casework, and countertops for a wide-range of clients. Our valued clientele experience commitment to design and functionality. We offer a wide range of CAD services capable of providing the concepts and unique ideas inspired by the visions of our customers, whether the design is a single custom concept or mass produced.

Seyer Industries is a precision Aero space machining company. They are experts of aluminum and hard alloys with ability to build complex assemblies equals true turn-key solutions . We have over 50 CNC machine centers and accommodate most materials including Steel Alloys, Aluminum Alloys, Titanium, Aluminum Bronze and others. Our strength lies in the hard alloys with very tight tolerances and complex shapes. 

AVMATS is a leading provider of aircraft parts for Challenger, Falcon, Hawker, Gulfstream, Learjet, and Sabreliner aircraft. We have grown substantially since 1978, expanding from parts sales into maintenance, interior refurbishment, accessory repair/overhaul, instrument repair, avionics repair and installation, major airframe repair, modifications or inspections, engine overhaul, APU servicing, Aircraft Sales and more. 

Component Bar Products (CBP) is a contract manufacturer of precision machined products specializing in high/low volume, tight tolerance production work. CBP was founded in 1989 with the goal of being the finest manufacturer of precision machined products using Hydromat Rotary Transfer / Mazak CNC machines. 

Fort Zumwalt School District is a One computer to One secondary student school district.  Check out Fort Zumwalt Technology page for more information.


Contact Us

James (Andy) McHaffie

Apprenticeship Coordinator

Curriculum Coordinator

Engineering and Industrial Technology

Fort Zumwalt School District


(636) 477-2435

600 1st Executive Ave

St. Peters, MO 63376