Hawthorne Technician Apprenticeship Program (HTAP)

Hawthorne Technician Apprenticeship Program (HTAP)  

The Hawthorne Technician Apprenticeship Program (HTAP) teaches you how to service Cat equipment using cutting-edge diagnostic and maintenance systems, advanced technologies, and high-tech tools. This program is a terrific opportunity for personal growth and a rewarding, lifelong career.

The four-year apprentice program combines on-the-job training at Hawthorne Cat with college-level diesel technology and general education coursework at Miramar College. Student apprentices will rotate between the classroom/lab environment at Miramar College and our various shops in San Diego for paid on-the job training. This will allow students to successfully apply classroom learning in real world applications.

As students progress through the four-year program, time spent in the shop will increase. They will be enrolled in six to seven diesel technology class credits a semester, which depending on the school/class is usually two classes. The apprentice will also be required to work 30 hours of on-the-job training per week. After the apprenticeship program is completed, students will earn their California Journeyman Technician Certification and will be offered the opportunity to become a technician at Hawthorne Cat.

HTAP Apprentices are Hawthorne Cat employees and are eligible for benefits.

  • Medical, Dental and Vision Plans
  • Medical Video Appointments available
  • Health Savings Account available
  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • 401(k) Plan + Company Matching
  • Health and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Life & Accident Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Programs
  • Legal Plan
  • Referral Bonus Program
  • Longevity Bonus Program
  • Recognition Programs and much more
  • Hawthorne Cat discounts
  • Boot Reimbursement
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Company-Supplied Uniforms
  • Advanced Technical Training
  • Vol. Critical Illness plans
  • Vol. Accident plans
  • Vol. Hospital Indemnity plans
  • 100% Company Paid Group Life & AD&D plans


Applicants must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age by the first apprenticeship period
  • Have a high school diploma, General Education Development (GED) certificate, a California High School Proficiency (CHSP) certificate or an Associate or higher degree
  • Submit an official transcript from the qualifying agency listed above
  • Meet Miramar College and Hawthorne Cat admission and academic requirements
  • Have a valid California driver’s license and maintain a clean driving record
  • Must pass a pre-employment drug and alcohol test and physical
  • Must pass a background check
  • Demonstrate commitment to the industry and profession


1. Fill out the online form and upload your resume here. Your resume should include any related school and career activities, leadership roles and work experience.

2. After filling out the online application, please email us the following required documents to [email protected] with a subject line “HTAP Application”. You can also include any questions you may have about the apprenticeship program.

  • Three Letters of recommendation: One from a teacher, one from a current or previous employer, counselor, or school administrator and one from a person of your choice.
  • Essay: A minimum of 250 words in length, describing why you want to pursue a career in the Diesel/Heavy Equipment Industry.
  • Official Transcript(s): From high school, college, or university. GED or CHSP certificates are acceptable.
  • Other documents: DD-214 (If applicable).

3. You can also submit your resume along with the required documents by mail or personal delivery. Please make sure to note JOB ID 2024-2276 Service Technician Apprentice – HTAP.

Hawthorne Cat
Attn: Human Resources
16945 Camino San Bernardo
San Diego, CA 92127

4. For questions, please call us at 858-674-7022 or email [email protected]

Equal Opportunity Employer

Hawthorne Machinery Co. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. It is our policy that we will not discriminate against any person based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or veteran status.