Employee at Hi-Tech Machining.


Start a Career in Manufacturing

It’s never too early or too late to get started in a rewarding career in manufacturing. In Tucson’s thriving manufacturing sector, the need for a strong, skilled workforce is critical to keep the sector healthy and growing. The need has never been greater for employees with the right skill set. 


Growing Need for Machinists

The Arizona Commerce Authority’s December 2016 Employment Report indicates manufacturing as one of five areas of gain over the month. Recent long-term projections from the Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) projects for the period of 2014-2024 Arizona will add 1,130 machinist jobs. However, there are also individuals who will leave the machinist occupation during this decade. OEO projects this to be 1,561 machinist jobs. When the two groups are combined, Arizona will have 2,691 machinist opportunities from 2014 to 2024. SAMP and Pima County One-Stop’s Youth Career Connect project is teaming up to address this workforce gap.


The 2018 Southern Arizona Manufacturing Partnership (SAMP) Internship Program is gearing up!

Youth Career Connect (YCC) High School participants who will graduate from Desert View High School and Tucson High Magnet School precision machining programs in May 2018 will need to submit application packets for the SAMP Internship Program they will be invited to interview  March 2018. 

Students will be provided hands on experience at these firms along with completing their studies in their chosen career pathways within Industrial Technologies.




  • Youth Career Connect participant since Junior year of High School at Desert View High School or Tucson High Magnet School
  • Submit an application packet including a letter clearly stating why you wish to be accepted into the SAMP internship program and a completed candidate valuation form
  • Attend interview(s) expected to take place March 16 2018, Tucson Youth session(s), and symposium(s) as needed prior to June 4th, 2018
  • Completion of a High School diploma or GED by June 4th, 2018.
  • Available for work related internship beginning June 4th, 2018. This work experience will continue along with classroom hours at PCC throughout the 20-month program
  • 18 years of age by June 4th , 2018
  • Assessed at a 10th grade level (or higher) math per One-Stop Test of Adult Education (TABE) and PCC assessments
  • Must be U.S. Citizen or have a current work permit allowing you to work in the U.S. in order to be provided an internship
  • Give FULL commitment to the program including internship and Pima Community College (PCC) classes
  • Attend ALL program classes at PCC as scheduled and attain passing grades in each class throughout the 20-month program.                         



Additional internship options may be available to veterans, dislocated workers or underemployed individuals.  For more information contact: Gerri Brunson at  520-724-3733 , Pima County One-Stop, 2797 E Ajo Way, Tucson, AZ 85713.

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