What is NTAP?

  • NCTAP is an apprenticeship program designed to develop experts needed in the modern workforce. The program, based in North Carolina’s Triangle area, focuses on integrated basic training which develops technical, methodological, and social skills. The core training program utilizes a hands-on approach to develop skills across a wide range of disciplines.

    Starting in the 11th grade of high school, this four-year program is divided into modules, with classes leading to an Associate’s Degree (AAS) in Mechanical Engineering Technology or Automotive Systems Technology at Wake Tech Community College, OR Mechatronics Engineering Technology at Vance Granville Community College AND paid, on-the-job training at participating Triangle employers.

NTAP Selection Process

For More Information

Visit the NCTAP website. To participate in an interest session, please check the school calendar on our home page or contact Ms. Brickhouse at

NCTAP Timeline

    • November/December – NCTAP partners visit high schools
    • December/January – Students & parents attend partner facility tours
    • April – Selected students attend four-day after-school Orientation at partner facilities
    • Spring – Selection process for summer Pre-Apprenticeships
    • June-August– Six-week, paid Pre-Apprenticeships at partner companies
    • August – Signing ceremony for students chosen for four-year NCTAP apprenticeships
    • Upon high school graduation – Full-time apprenticeship begins