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 Business Services Unit is teaming up to address this workforce gap.


2020 Southern Arizona Manufacturing Partners Internship Program

The 2020 internship will be accepting applications starting February 2020. Student application and Employer interest forms deadline is the end of business day February 28, 2020.


Employer pledge formEmployer Form- Areas of Interest 2020 SAMP Internships.pdf


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

  1. Cover letter of interest addressed to Southern Arizona Manufacturing Partners

  2. Completed Student Form- Areas of interest 2020  Intern Application Form- 2020 SAMP Internships.pdf

  3. Confirmation email of completed Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)  known as the award document

  4. Current resume including: contact phone number and email address )other than your high school phone or email address)

  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 dual credits

  7. Copies of all industry recognized certifications (example NIMS MMS or SolidWorks) (Download NIMS Certifications here.)

  8. Additional information if required (separate paper notes)

  9. A copy of photo ID; AZ driver’s license or AZ state ID (this is for staff files only and will not be shared with employers prior to interviews)

  10. Completed Pima County One-Stop WIOA SAMP checklist.pdf


High School students/Intern applicants are expected to hand deliver completed packets to

Birni Stickel at the Pima County One-Stop 2797 E Ajo Way, Tucson, AZ 85713 deadline 5PM February 28, 2020


2020 Apprentice/Intern Timeline

  • January 2020 - announcement to high school students and industry

  • February 10, 2020- Employer Interest Pledge Forms due 

  • February 28,2020 - Intern applications due by 5PM

  • Interviews -  April 8, 2020- Pima Community College 1255 N Stone Ave. Tucson AZ Amethyst Rm.

  • June 1, 2020 - 18 month internship begins  

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