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

2022 Manufacturing Industry Outlook indicates record numbers of unfilled jobs are likely to limit higher productivity and growth in 2022, and last year we estimated a shortfall of 2.1 million skilled jobs by 2030. It is unusual to see positive economic indicators paired with historic labor and supply chain challenges. But this is the trajectory for US manufacturing in 2022 emerging from the pandemic.

The recovery gained momentum in 2021 on the heels of vaccine rollout and rising demand. As industrial production and capacity utilization surpassed pre-pandemic levels midyear, strong increases in new orders for all major subsectors signal growth continuing in 2022. Job openings— at more than twice the gap to reach pre-pandemic employment levels—hover near all-time highs at more than 800,000. Deloitte Research Center for Energy & Industrials, Deloitte Services LP.

SAMP and the Pima County One-Stop are teaming up to address the manufacturing needs in Pima County.


2022 Southern Arizona Manufacturing Partners Internship Program

High School participants graduating from Precision Machining programs in May of 2022 interested in a career in manufacturing need to complete and submit an application packet for an elite opportunity as a SAMP intern.

****Deliver packets to Kathi Finfrock Pima County One-Stop 2797 E Ajo Way, Tucson, AZ 85713 kathi.finfrock@pima.gov prior to March 4, 2022.****

Applicant’s packet must include these 10 items in this order:

  1. Completed Student Form - Areas of interest 2022

  2. Cover letter of interest addressed to Southern Arizona Manufacturing Partnership

  3. Current resume including: contact phone number, and personal email address (other than your high school email address
  4. A referral from a previous teacher or career counselor (other than your machine shop teacher)
  5. A copy of your current H.S. transcript including: GPA and attendance record
  6. A copy of your Pima Community College transcript (showing dual credits obtained, if you received any dual credits)
  7. Confirmation of completed Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) award document

  8. Copies of all industry recognized certifications (example : NIMS, MMS or Solidworks)
  9. A copy of your photo ID (high school or state ID) – for files, not shared prior to interviews
  10. Completed Pima County One-Stop WIOA SAMP checklist.pdf


Applicants will be invited to interview for a career opportunity within the manufacturing industry.

Interviews will take place on Thursday, April 7, 2022, at Pima Community College. Only applicants that interview at this time are chosen for this internship model.


Successful applicants will be provided internships with local manufacturers while attending Pima Community College’s (PCC) industry designed program for Machine Tool Technology. Students will commit to work experience and education, for up to 20 months.


Download the 2022 Student Internship Timeline

  • 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) on April 7, 2022 at Pima Community College DT Campus
  • Attend Manufacturing Symposium on June 6, 2022 at AGM Container
  • Completion of a High School diploma or GED by June 6, 2022.
  • Available for work related internship beginning June 7, 2022. This work experience will continue along with classroom hours at PCC throughout the 20-month program
  • 18 years of age by June 6, 2022.
  • 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.

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