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.


2019 Southern Arizona Manufacturing Partners Internship Program

The 2019 internship is accepting applications. Application and interest form deadline as end of business day March 5.

Applicant’s packet must include these 9 items in this order:

  1. Cover letter of interest addressed to Southern Arizona Manufacturing Partners
  2. Completed 2019 Student Areas of Interest Form (Download here)
  3. Current resume including: contact phone number and email address other than your high school email address
  4. A referral from a teacher or career counselor (other than your Industrial Technology instructor)
  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
  7. Copies of all applicable certifications (Download NIMS Certifications here.)
  8. Additional information per required prerequisites as applicable
  9. A copy of photo ID (state ID i.e. driver’s license) – for staff files only not shared with employers prior to interviews

Apprentice/Intern Timeline

  • February 8 - announcement to students and industry
  • Mar 18 - interviews at PCC Downtown Campus, 1255 N Stone Ave., Amethyst Rm. Interviews will begin at 8:30 sharp and continue until all candidates have been interviewed by all employers.
  • Only students who provide completed applications will be interviewed at this session.

High School students are expected to deliver completed packets to Dominica Dominguez, Pima County One-Stop 2797 E Ajo Way, Tucson, AZ 85713

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