GMMDC Apprentice Program

A Pathway to …..

• High-tech employment and above average wages
• Respected industry certifications
• Potential to earn an Associate Degree
• Valuable on-the-job experience while training
• No student loans

Start in High School:

High school students can now attend an area Medical Device Training provider through dual enrollment. Dual enrollment provides high school students access to several of the required NIMS credentials needed to enter the Machining Apprentice program earlier, and receive college
credit too! Students can also begin their technical training after High School if a machining program is currently unavailable.

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must be enrolled in and have completed the first year of a machining program at a technical school
  • Must have completed the first four (4) NIMS credentials: Measurement,
  • Materials and Safety Level I; Job Planning, Benchwork and Layout Level I; CNC: able to operate a CNC Milling Machine and a CNC Lathe
  • Have earned a GED or High-school diploma
  • Physically able to perform all functions as a machinist
  • Pass screening test for illegal drugs
  • Developed by long-standing industry professionals in the Medical Device and Metalworking Industries
  • Accredited by the US Department of Labor (DOL), the National Institute for Metalworking Skills, Inc. (NIMS), and the American National Standards Institute
  • Core (required) competencies are industry designed and validated
  • Flexible approach to training – able to accommodate classes for your schedule
  • Earn a DOL Certification upon completion of the Apprenticeship Program
  • Industry-recognized credentials – a professional certification you’ll have for job interviews
  • TN Promise, Grants and Scholarships are available to fund your coursework = no student loans
  • You will need to complete a minimum of 144 hours of continuing education per year while in the Apprenticeship Program
MEDICAL Device Careers


From machinist to business owners, the medical device industry offers multiple paths to the Memphis-area workforce.


The medical device industry enables students to become a part of breakthrough treatment options that improve the quality of life for millions of people. 

A career in this unique industry offers individuals an opportunity to experience new discoveries, meaningful work and innovative technologies. There are many diverse careers available in the development, design, manufacturing and delivery of medical devices. Begin the process by speaking to a school guidance counselor and checking out courses available in your high school. We also encourage you to explore the diverse vocational courses offered by the Medical Device Training providers listed below:


Bartlett City High School
5650 Woodlawn Street Bartlett, TN 38134
Office: (901) 202.0855


Arkansas State University Mid-South
2000 West Broadway West Memphis, AR 72301
Office: (870) 733-6722


Tennessee College of Applied Technology – TCAT
550 Alabama Avenue Memphis, TN 38105
Office: (901) 543-6100


Southwest Tennessee Community College
5983 Macon Cove Memphis, TN 38134
Office: (901) 333-5000


Moore Tech
1200 Poplar Avenue Memphis, 38104
Office: (901) 726-1977


University of Memphis Herff College of Engineering
(901) 678-2688