The Apprenticeship Program includes formal and on-the-job training to help you develop and improve your skills.


You are eligible to participate in an apprenticeship or skilled training program if you:

  • Perform your job satisfactorily and are in good standing.
  • Demonstrate aptitude for the program you would like to enroll in.
  • Maintain a “C” grade or better (if there’s a college component to the program).
  • Demonstrate successful performance in a prerequisite position or pass a basic entrance examination, if required.

There are a limited number of apprenticeships available each year. If you’re interested, talk to your supervisor as soon as possible.

How It Works

Mill employees who work in skilled positions can enhance their job-related skills through:

  • On-the-job training (OJT): Guided by a mentor, learn specific work instructions until you can demonstrate understanding and perform at each phase of training. After completing all training phases for a particular skilled position, you are ready to move into that position on a full-time basis.
  • Combination of OJT and classroom training: Several career paths require advanced learning in areas like mechanics, engineering, electrical and hydraulics.

After you have successfully completed an apprenticeship or skilled training program and received the appropriate license, certification or certificate of completion, you will advance in your chosen career path.

Training Opportunities

On-The-Job On-The-Job-And-Classroom
  • Machine Operator
  • Grader with monthly WWPA inspections
  • Log Scaler inspections and final exam (1 year)
  • Boiler/Kiln Operator (1 year)
  • Rolling Stock Operator (1-3 years)
  • Saw Filer (1-3 years)
  • Mechanic (1-4 years)
  • Limited Maintenance Electrician (2 years)
  • Journeyman Electrician (4 years)
  • Journeyman Millwright (4 years)
  • Industrial Maintenance Mechanic (5 years)
  • PLC Technician
Training programs differ in length and training methodology. Stimson partners with local colleges, such as Portland Community College and North Idaho College, to provide off-site education when applicable.

Tuition Assistance

Stimson will pay for tuition, books, classroom time, commute time, and mileage to and from class. In addition, you will be paid regular wages for the hours normally assigned to work. For more information, review the Apprenticeship Policy.