October 22, 2021



Dakota Creek Industries (DCI) is very proud to announce that it has received approval for an apprentice program from the Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Council (WSATC).

Dakota Creek Industries will now be apprenticing four trades:  Machinery Assembler, Marine Electrician, Production Welder, and Shipfitter/Fabricator.

The Dakota Creek Industries, Inc. Apprenticeship Program is a formalized, structured three-year training program. It combines on-the-job training (OJT) and related supplemental instruction (RSI) in which apprentices receive practical, classroom and technical training. Essential skills taught to a DCI apprentice result in industry-driven career training that meets or exceeds industry standards. Each apprenticeship requires 2,000 hours of on-the-job training per year to complete. The on-the-job (OJT) training portion of the program is broken down into skill areas with a set number of hours for each skill area. The DCI apprenticeship program also has structured formal classroom (RSI) training. Each year of apprenticeship also requires 216 hours of apprenticeship related classroom training (RSI). Apprentices earn a living wage throughout their education process, with periodic raises to reflect increased experience and commitment. Once the apprenticeship is completed, they will possess a trade certification that is recognized internationally, as well as receive a Multi Occupational Trades Associates Degree from Skagit Valley College.

DCI wishes to acknowledge the excellent guidance that we have received from Gary Peterson, Apprenticeship Consultant and Jody Robbins Apprenticeship Program Manager of the Department of Labor and Industries.  Their support has been invaluable in our ability to establish this program for our employees.

Dakota Creek Industries would also like to thank Skagit Valley College for their helpful insight in establishing the required classroom curriculum (RSI) portion of the program.

Most importantly, DCI wishes to recognize the 26 employees involved in creating this program.  It is because of their highly skilled labor expertise that we have been able to form such a thorough and diverse apprentice training program that will benefit our employees, our company, our communities and our marine industry for decades to come.

This Apprentice Program is dedicated to Dick Nelson, DCI’s co-founder and leader who passed away earlier this year.  His passion to provide for DCI’s employees will continue through this program.

For any questions or additional information, please contact Carrie King, DCI Apprentice Program Manager.      cking@dakotacreek.com       360.293.9575