A new on-the-job program will help train mechanics and electricians for Hill Air Force Base aircraft maintenance operations.

Kathy Walker, public relations director with the Davis Area Vocational Center, said an agreement has been reached between officials of the Board of Regents and state Office of Education to assist Hill AFB in the worker training.Walker said applications will be taken by Job Service offices throughout the state to determine which area vocational centers, community colleges or universities will be involved in the training. Because of the proximity, it is likely that vocational training centers from Logan to Provo could be involved in the program. Those living in other areas of the state may have to relocate to take advantage of training.

"Recruiting will take place throughout the state and generic training will start in mid-February," Walker said. "The 120 hours of general training includes life management, computer literacy and job skills."

After the month-long general training, about 75 workers will begin nine months of on-the-job training at Hill AFB.

Workers will receive pay during work at the base, but will have to pay their own educational expenses for other parts of the training. Trainees can also qualify for benefits, Walker said.

"They don't have to have any skills in mechanics to go into the program," she said.

Walker said the program is short-term intensive training and differs from vocational center courses in aircraft mechanics. About 50 workers are expected to be initially hired by the base through the program. Workers who are not accepted will be given opportunity for other vocational training.

Those interested should contact their local Job Service office.