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Co-create Your Career ​​with the SkyWater
Equipment Maintenance Technician
Apprenticeship Program!

Courses start January 2022



Email our Talent Acquisition Team with any questions. Don’t let anything stop you! Now is the time to make your next career move. Apply to SkyWater’s Apprenticeship Program so we can help you co-create your career. 

Have you ever wanted to earn college credit and take your career to the next level—but the tuition cost and extra time seemed like too much to bear alone? In partnership with SemiWorks, SkyWater developed an Apprenticeship Program focused on developing equipment maintenance technician talent. The program is designed with a combination of formal education through Hennepin Technical College and on-the-job training based on industry and academic-approved curriculum.

SkyWater’s equipment maintenance technicians are critical to our success! They help us avoid disrupted production schedules, minimize safety risks, and protect our capital equipment. There’s never been a better time to investigate this career path.

No previous semiconductor industry experience is required. SkyWater is seeking individuals with a strong mechanical aptitude, willingness to learn and a strong sense of team.

If you’re curious and searching for an exciting culture where you can grow, work on the latest equipment, and make a big impact, consider joining SkyWater’s Apprenticeship Program!




Join SkyWater’s Apprenticeship Program

  • Take advantage of professional development opportunities at SkyWater to advance your career
  • Earn college credit toward a secondary education degree with the opportunity to continue course work to pursue an associate, bachelor’s, or graduate degree through SkyWater’s educational tuition reimbursement program
  • Get all program tuition & fees paid directly to Hennepin Technical College by SkyWater
  • Increase your technical skills on the job, while getting paid
  • Work with SkyWater mentors and participate in hands-on learning


Apprentices will earn the following college credits & credentials in 16-24 months:

  • Industrial Electricity 1 Certification
  • SEMI Certified Technician 1
  • Certified Manufacturing Associate
  • Industrial Manufacturing Journey Worker certificate
  • 12-16 college credits toward a secondary education degree

In-classroom training at Hennepin Technical College is paid directly by SkyWater. Courses included in the program are listed below:

  • Electricity 1
  • Automation Controls
  • Electricity 2
  • Mechatronics Systems
  • Troubleshooting Mechatronics Systems

Via on-the-job paid training, you will learn:

  • MN-DOL safety training
  • Operation of production equipment
  • Interpretation of technical information
  • Routine equipment maintenance
  • Inventory and material processes
  • Continuous improvement

Candidates hired into the Apprenticeship Program will work full-time on a compressed week of 12 hour shifts and will attend classes at Hennepin Technical College 1 – 2 days per week in addition to their full-time work schedule.

Apply Here for our Equipment Maintenance Technician Apprenticeship Program


View All Current Openings at SkyWater

Jason Ayres

At SkyWater, we work across many realms of semiconductor manufacturing. In the maintenance department, we have our fingers in just about everything -- so it's much more exciting than just wrenching all of the time. You can work your way up into engineering or operations management. We really offer a lot of opportunities and paths for our technicians - you just have to go after it.

Production Manager

Anthony Coyle

I worked in the United States Nuclear Navy, in submarines, for 10 years. That's where I got the experience level, "It has to work." You're out in the ocean and you have what you have. We are a very diverse group and our culture wall says it all. Working with carbon nanotubes allows you to think of things in the molecular level and quantum level. It's very exciting, leading edge technology that's helping our customers.

Equipment Engineer

Daniel Ridgeway

As a child, I was always very curious and took things apart like toasters and electronics to figure out how they work. Later, I joined the Navy as an electronics technician -- performing preventative maintenance, repairing and trouble shooting antennas, satellites and other communications equipment. This experience prepared me for my role at SkyWater where new problems requiring new thinking happen every day.

Equipment Maintenance Tech

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SkyWater recognizes the importance of delivering a great work environment, great teams and comprehensive employee benefits program that is responsive to the needs of each and every employee. Our benefits program was developed in order to provide choices to support the unique needs of you and your dependents.


Financial Well-Being
  • Medical Coverage: Choice of two health plans including Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) or High Deductible Health Plan with Health Savings Account (HSA), offering an extensive network of available physicians. Employees are eligible for healthcare benefits on their date of hire.
  • Dental: Choice of two dental plans (one with orthodontic coverage) offering an extensive network of providers.
  • Vision Plan: Comprehensive vision coverage offering members eye exams and numerous discounts on other eye care products and services.
  • Prescription Shopping Tool: A digital experience giving members the opportunity to shop around for the best prices on prescriptions.
  • Virtual (Online) Medical Treatment: Choose from two virtual options to receive medical treatment from home or on the go.
  • Paid Time-Off: Generous paid time off program to enjoy a healthy work-life balance.
  • Holiday Pay: Allowing time for you to enjoy the holidays with family and friends.
  • Frequent Fitness Program: Provides eligible members a reimbursement for working out.
  • On-Site Fitness Center: Open 24 hours a day.
  • Healthy Pregnancy Program: Personal support for those planning a pregnancy and those who are pregnant. Provides participants with support they need and assurance they want.
  • On-site Training: Opportunities to develop your skills and advance your career.
  • Clean Manufacturing Environment: Employees in the cleanroom at SkyWater work in an environment that’s cleaner than a hospital surgical room.
Financial Well-Being
  • Competitive Total Compensation: Includes bonus potential for all full-time employees.
  • 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan: Matching contributions from SkyWater Technology after qualification.
  • Tuition Assistance: An investment by SkyWater into your future by offering financial support to pursue relevant continuing education.
  • Flexible Spending Accounts: If you have out-of-pocket medical, dental, vision or dependent care expenses, you may decrease taxes and increase your spendable income by enrolling in one of our three Flexible Spending Accounts.
  • Life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance: At no cost to you.
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP): Provides free access to tools and resources to help manage life’s stresses including financial planning assistance, childcare and/or elder care referrals, stress management and more.
  • Optional Additional Insurance for Purchase such as: Voluntary Term Life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment, Short Term Disability and Long-Term Disability, Group Legal Plan, Group Accident Insurance, Group Critical Illness Insurance.
  • Service Awards: SkyWater recognizes our employees for their dedication to SkyWater through services awards including a bonus.
  • Employee Recognition: Monthly MVP awards for employees who go above and beyond to drive company core values.
  • On-site, Self-serve Market: Offering a variety of meals, snacks and beverages. Open 24 hours a day.
  • On-site Fitness Center: Open 24 hours a day.
  • Compressed Shifts Available: Allowing more time to enjoy your personal life.
  • Employee Referral Program: Offering bonuses for referring friends and family for opportunities at SkyWater.
  • Employee Appreciation Events: We love finding ways to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of our SkyWater team. 
  • Location: Close to mass transit, Mall of America and MSP Airport.
  • Company Store: SkyWater branded merchandise -- We are proud to show off our brand!
  • Casual Dress Code: Performance is what matters -- dress appropriately for your role and be comfortable helping SkyWater succeed. 

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