It’s harder than ever to find employees who have the knowledge, skill and work ethic to meet your business’s needs. Apprenticeship programs pair on-the-job custom training with the expert-led education offered at Tech.

What are Apprenticeships?

Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeships are industry-driven partnerships between employers, participants and Meridian.

Apprenticeships begin with employment. On-the-job learning is complimented by technical skills gained through Meridian’s work-friendly training programs.

Apprenticeships let participants earn while they learn and allows employers to draw from a larger pool of talent. By the end of the program, apprentices obtain nationally recognized credentials and businesses retain skillful employees.

Why Choose Registered Apprenticeships?

According to the US Department of Labor, Registered Apprenticeship completers have high retention rates – 91 percent of apprenticeship graduates retain employment.

Employer benefits:

  • Pull from a larger applicant pool
  • Cut recruitment expenses
  • Decrease turnover

Employee benefits:

  • Earn while gaining new skills
  • Receive one-on-one mentorship
  • Attain industry-specific credentials for career growth

Get Started

Interested employers and participants can fill out this form to request more information or contact the Apprenticeship Director, Joe Steele, at or 405.377.3048.

Grant funding is available for approved employers through the Oklahoma Department of Commerce.

We’re always interested in learning more about the needs of the students and clients we serve. If there are additional areas where you would like to see apprenticeships offered, please visit with our Apprenticeship Director.


The Automotive Mechanic apprenticeship program includes mastering a full range of repair and maintenance services.

Current Approved Employers

  • Stillwater Automotive |
  • Janzen Toyota |
  • Xtra Mile Auto Care |
  • Bill Knight Ford of Stillwater |
  • Firestone Complete Auto Care |

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From learning how to provide proper repair estimates to gaining the skills to get the job done, apprentices in this program become familiar with the ins and outs of the repair industry.

Current Approved Employers

  • Collins Collision Repair |
  • Advanced Collision Repair |
  • Diamond Autobody |
  • Tim's Body Worx |
  • Marty's Garage |
  • G & M Body Shop West |

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Apprentices in this program get experience with everything from the “rough in” to “finish” stages of wiring a building as they design, install and test commercial, residential and industrial electrical control systems.

Current Approved Employers

  • AAE Electric | Stillwater, OK
  • Stolhand-Wells Group |
  • Starks Electric Co. |
  • Parrish Electric |
  • Award Electrical Service |

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Participants who enroll in Meridian’s HVAC apprenticeship program will learn how to diagnose, service and repair a wide range of air conditioning equipment.

Current Approved Employers

  • Air-O Heat & Air Conditioning |
  • Advantage Plumbing Heating and Cooling |
  • Ward's Air Conditioning |
  • B & L Heating & Air Conditioning |
  • Accurate Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing |
  • Sitton Mechanical |
  • Integrated HVAC |
  • Coleman Cooling LLC | Pawnee, OK
  • C-Star Management |
  • Ambassador Heating & AC |

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Students will learn how to use trade-related tools, understand plumbing codes, read construction drawings, and safety. Courses include a balance of theory and hands-on training with copper, plastic, cast iron, and carbon steel materials to support a successful career in plumbing.

Current Approved Employers

  • Advantage Plumbing Heating and Cooling |
  • Okie Construction and Plumbing | Stillwater, OK
  • Accurate Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing |

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