Tech Apprentice Details

PGC’s Technical Apprenticeship is an educational work opportunity designed for students who have completed their undergraduate study in glass (or who have similar experience but have not completed a four-year degree program) and are looking to gain professional studio experience in a state-of-the-art, public-access studio. 

Tech apprenticeships last between six months and one year. Apprentices work 30 hours/week as a studio tech and have 10 hours/week to focus on making their own work. PGC also provides a stipend of $500/month and housing. Tech apprentices share a townhome adjacent to Pittsburgh Glass Center that also housing visiting artists.

Tech apprentices should leave PGC with the basic knowledge necessary to run and/or work in any glass studio. The apprenticeship trains individuals in the proper operation and care of equipment in all four PGC studios, and it provides real-world experience in the day-to-day operation of a facility that caters to glassworkers of all skill levels. Apprentices can expect to handle many routine responsibilities, including studio cleaning and equipment maintenance. Regular duties require the ability to lift up to 50 lbs. Apprentices will be working in the public eye and represent PGC, and therefore, applicants are expected to be enthusiastic about engaging visitors. Applicants should also be self-motivated and have a strong work ethic, both on and off the clock. When not on duty, apprentices are encouraged to participate in classes as teachers, teaching assistants, or students, depending on their interests and abilities.

Application Deadlines:

  • March 31 (apprenticeship beginning in June)
  • October 25 (apprenticeship beginning in January)

Qualifications:

  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Ability to regularly lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in glass or equivalent background
  • Strong work ethic