Career Paths

Forward-thinking companies from a range of work sectors offer apprenticeships through the Rockingham Apprenticeship and Technical Opportunities Program. As part of the application process, you’ll have a chance to visit these companies to see various career possibilities firsthand. 

Each year, more companies in our area start new apprenticeship opportunities in order to fill gaps for skilled team members and to stay competitive in today’s economy. This continued growth in apprenticeship means the number of career pathways for students is expanding. 

Current RockATOP Career Pathways

The Rockingham Apprenticeship and Technical Opportunities Program (RockATOP)  offers apprenticeships in a number of advanced manufacturing sectors, business related pathways, and a teacher assistant pathway. A few of the career areas you can pursue include robotics, CNC machining, mechanical and electrical. Other careers are available and can be discussed at company open houses.

  • Robotics – Learn how to program, install, and repair robotic systems used in manufacturing. 
  • CNC Machining –  Computer Numerically Controlled machines have a high level of accuracy and efficiency, and are typically used to produce precise parts. CNC machinists work from blueprints or detailed drawings and utilize design and computer-aided-machining software.
  • Mechanical – The industrial equipment of today requires technicians who are skilled at mechanical, hydraulic, and pneumatic repairs; troubleshooting; and fabrication of components. 
  • Electrical – Learn to diagnose, repair and install electrical systems and electronic machines and industrial controls; including robotics, automation, and power distribution. Utilize precision diagnostic tools, computers, and programming skills.
  • Office Administration
  • Information Technology
  • Teacher Assistant – for more information on this pathway and applying, please click here.

Find Your Exciting Career

You can learn more about possible careers during the company tours/Open House Events interested students attend each fall and winter.