What is Apprenticeship?
Apprenticeship is occupational training that combines on-the-job experience with classroom instruction. Apprentices earn while they learn– their wages usually begin at 40% of the journeyman salary. Journeymen are individuals who have completed their training and hold industry certification.
Apprentices receive pay increases as they learn to perform more complex tasks. When they become a journeyman, they increase their chances of finding a well-paying job in the industry and may become supervisors or go into business for themselves.
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What Type Of Work Do Apprentices Do?
Apprentices will do many tasks directed by the Journeyman they work under in the pipefitting, plumbing and Hvac fields. This could be as simple as fire watching or figuring a complicated offset or miter in a piping system.
What Type Of Apprenticeships Are Offered?
The three main programs are pipefitting, plumbing and HVAC with many skill sets such as welding falling under these programs.
When Do Apprentices Attend School?
Apprentices will attend school at least one day a week and two Saturdays a month between September and May.
How Long Does It Take To Become a Journeyman?
The apprenticeship program is 5 years to become a Journeyman. Applicants can get credit from other schools or work experience by taking a hands on skill evaluation to determine credit to be given if any.
How Much Money Do Apprentices Earn?
First year apprentice starting pay is 50% of Journeyman wages then a 5% raise every six months.
What Are The Minimum Educational Requirements?
Minimum education requirements are HS diploma or equivalent and 18 years old.