Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships

What is Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeship is an earn-while-you-learn program of on-the-job training combined with related classroom instruction. The apprenticeship program is governed by the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards (BAS) www.dwd.state.wi.us in cooperation with the local Joint Apprenticeship Committee (JAC).

Most apprenticeship training programs are three to six years in length. Apprentices work on-the-job in their trade under the supervision of qualified journeymen. As an apprentice, students are trained under a written training agreement called an indenture. While indentured, the employer agrees to teach the student the skills of the trade and the apprentice agrees to learn the skills involved.

Industrial Apprenticeships can only be found through an employer. If you are interested in an Industrial Apprenticeship, talk to someone in a company's personnel office to find out their procedure for choosing apprenticeship candidates.  Occasionally, apprenticeships in large companies are open only to current employees.

How Do I Get an Apprenticeship?

In order to get into an apprenticeship training program, generally one first needs to find a job. Talk to employers whose businesses involve your chosen trade. Persons interested in the industrial and service trades should apply to the prospective employer. Those interested in the construction trades should apply to the local joint apprenticeship committee.

Apprenticeships Offered at Mid- State Technical College

Electric Metering Technician

Electric Metering Technicians repair, rebuild, and wire all styles of electricity meters and metering equipment. They perform routine field checks of complex industrial meters to insure proper operation. They maintain electricity meter and departmental instrument histories and records. They operate computers as required for shop work, field testing, and interrogation of metering installations. Length of apprenticeship: three years.

For more information and application materials, contact Ronald Zillmer.

Electrician (ABC)

Electricians plan the electrical systems for structures. They install wiring and other electrical components such as breaker boxes, switches, light fixtures, and telephone and television wiring. They must be familiar with local and national codes. Electricians must be carefully trained and safe because they can be exposed to hazardous conditions and situations. In Wisconsin, upon completion of apprenticeship, completed apprentices receive an electrical license. Future career path opportunities include jobs as estimators, distribution manager, inspectors, project managers, trade instructors, and foreman. Length of apprenticeship: five years.

For more information and application materials, contact Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.

Heavy Equipment Operator (ABC)

Heavy equipment operators install, transport, operate, and maintain heavy machinery such as rigging devices, hoists, and jacks. They may have skills in other trades as well. These workers must be physically fit and able to solve problems. Future career path opportunities include jobs as estimators, inspectors, project managers, trade instructors, and foreman. Length of apprenticeship: three years.

For more information and application materials, contact Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.

Ironworker

The work includes the unloading, erecting, bolting, and welding of steel members that form the framework of structures such as bridges and industrial or commercial buildings. Ironworkers place/install the reinforcing steel and post-tensioning cables that reinforce concrete footings. They also install the curtain wall and window wall systems as well as metal stairways, railings, doors, and other miscellaneous metal components of a building. Most ironwork occurs outdoors and can be carried out year round. Ironworkers frequently work at great heights. The work is physically demanding and may involve extensive travel. Length of apprenticeship: four years.

For more information and application materials, contact Ronald Zillmer.

Maintenance Mechanic/Millwright

Maintenance mechanics and millwrights install, dismantle, or move machinery and heavy equipment according to layout plans, blueprints, or other drawings. They keep machines, mechanical equipment, or the structure of an establishment in repair. Duties may involve pipefitting; boiler making; insulating; welding; machining; carpentry; repairing electrical or mechanical equipment; installing, aligning, and balancing new equipment; and repairing buildings, floors, or stairs. Length of apprenticeship: four years.

For more information and application materials, contact Ronald Zillmer.

Plumber Apprenticeship (JAC)

Plumbers install, repair, and maintain the water supply, waster water treatment, drainage, and gas systems in homes and commercial and industrial buildings. They assemble, install, and repair pipes, fittings, and fixtures of heating, water, and drainage systems. Plumbers also install sanitary facilities. Plumbing work can be indoors or outdoors in existing and newly constructed buildings; in various weather conditions; and around noise, dirt and mud. The work requires physical strength and stamina with prolonged standing, heavy lifting, and work in cramped positions. Length of apprenticeship: five years.

For more information and application materials, contact Ronald Zillmer

Steamfitter Apprenticeship (JAC)

Steamfitters lay out, assemble, fabricate, troubleshoot, maintain, and repair piping systems which carry water, steam, chemicals, compressed air, liquids, gases, or fuel. Installation of process piping systems includes blueprint reading, drawing, specifications, detailed isometric sketches and layout of pipe, and equipment fabrication and installation. Steamfitters measure, cut, bend, prepare, and join all types of pipe, including threading, welding, brazing, soldering, cementing, fusion, and mechanical joining. Preparation of construction site includes installation of equipment and piping along with pressure testing of all systems to detect leaks prior to startup. Work usually requires exposure to weather conditions and loud noise. Steamfitters work both indoors and outdoors at physically demanding tasks that often require climbing; heavy lifting (over 50 lbs.); and strenuous physical stamina with walking, standing, and working in cramped or high areas. Length of apprenticeship: five years.

For more information and application materials, contact Ronald Zillmer.

Steamfitter - Service Apprenticeship

Steamfitters (Refrigeration/Service) install, start-up, perform preventative maintenance, troubleshoot, diagnose, and service heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems; equipment and controls in piping systems which carry water, steam, chemicals, compressed air, liquids, gasses, or fuel used in energy production; and heating, cooling, food processing, manufacturing, lubricating, and other process piping systems. Work usually requires exposure to weather conditions and loud noise. Refrigeration/Service Fitters work both indoors and outdoors at tasks that often require climbing and heavy lifting. Length of apprenticeship: five years.

For more information and application materials, contact Ronald Zillmer.