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What is an Apprentice?

An apprentice is a training-level employee who works in the building and construction trades while also attending classes to learn industry skills and safety techniques. Wages for an apprentice increase over the course of this training, which lasts from two to five years depending on your previous expirence. An apprentice who graduates to journey-person is recognized as a well-qualified worker who can command the best wages and benefits.

What are the qualifications to become an apprentice?

Qualifications to become an apprentice include a strong foundation of math and literacy skills, a high school or an equivalency diploma or a minimun 10th grade education, and the ability to successfully complete an aptitude test. Additionally a qualified candidate must be physically fit, drug-free, have access to reliable transportation, and have proof of citizenship or the legal right to work in the U.S.

What are the benefits of an Apprenticeship Training and Union Membership?

Apprenticeship training provides individuals with the skills needed to compete economically and work safely. Union members of the building and construction trades typically receive higher wages and better benefits than those employed by non-union contractors.

Apprenticeship Requirments:

AGE - At least Eighteen years of age


1.  Birth Certificate

2.  Minimum 10th grade education, High school diploma or GED is preferred

3.  School transcripts

4.  Veterans may supply copy of DD214.

5.  Valid State issued drivers license

6.  Transportation

Applications will not be processed until minimum qualifications are met. 

Applications may be updated at anytime.


Applicants are ranked numerically on an eligibility list for Apprenticeship entry. Ranking points are given for education, previous employment, past employers, recommendations, and for military service.  Classes useful in preparation for a career in the Union Ironworking industry are:

1. Mathematics
2. Drafting and blueprint reading
3. Construction technology
4. Shop classes
5. Welding

This is a three (3) year program.  204 hours of related classroom training shall be required each year. 

lst 6 months or at least 780 hours-60% of Journeyman rate.

2nd 6 months or at least 780 hours-70% of Journeyman rate.

3rd 6 months or at least 780 hours-75% of Journeyman rate.

4th 6 months or at least 780 hours-80% of Journeyman rate.

5th 6 months or at least 780 hours-85% of Journeyman rate.

6th 6 months or at least 780 hours-90% of Journeyman rate.

Dates of classes for program:

2014 Fall semester Aug-Dec:

Tuesday, 6:00pm - 9:00 pm

Thursday, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Cost related to the program.

1. Books average price per semester is $73.00

2. Tuition and administration fees no charge to the apprentices

3. OSHA 10 and other Safety related Training are at no charge.

4. Welding certification no charge