Apprentices Earn College Credit

Some Northwest Ohio apprenticeship programs now qualify for college credit. Owens Community College and Northwest State Community College are the schools offering such programs.

Apprentices Get Regular Wage Increases

Apprentices earn while learning: the more they learn, the higher the pay. Most apprentices are paid 40-70% of a journeyperson's wage to start. As they climb the ladder to the final qualifications, their wages are increased at regular intervals. At the end of their terms of apprenticeship, they become a journeyperson and draw full pay for their skill.

Training is Good Insurance

Training in the skilled construction trades is good insurance. In addition to opportunities for promotion and steady employment, it gives you something that no one can ever take away from you. A lifelong increased earning capacity will enable you to get and keep a well-paying job anywhere in the country. Skilled hands and a trained mind give the owner a strong feeling of security, which, in some ways, is better than money in the bank.

Joint Apprenticeship Committees

The actual selection of apprentices in every skilled building trade is done by members of a Joint Apprenticeship Committee. These are people with considerable experience representing both management and labor. Committee members do all selecting of applicants. The Committees are sometimes assisted by the Labor Department's Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, the Construction Opportunity Center, Owens Community College, and Northwest State Community College.

All About Advancement

The Joint Apprenticeship Committee determines the need for apprentices and sets the standards of education, experience and training. A high school education, or its equivalent, with courses in mathematics and science is very desirable. Often applicants are given tests by the Committee to determine their aptitude for a particular occupation. More specific requirements are described later in this section under each trade.

How to Prepare for Apprenticeship Training

Today construction tradespeople are drawn from the ranks of high school graduates. The importance of staying in school and learning all you can cannot be overemphasized. The smart young person of today stays in school. In the stiff competition of today's industry, a person must be able to do jobs requiring more than a few weeks' experience. A high school education is required preparation for a young person interested in becoming a skilled journeyperson. The term journeyperson is an old one, dating back to medieval times when skilled craftspersons had to travel from place to place to practice their trade. Thus, they became known as journeypersons. The word now refers to persons who have served their apprenticeship.

How to Enter Apprenticeship

The most common way that a young person can enter an apprenticeship program is through indentureship. Indentureship is basically a written agreement to train for a craft as a learner, or apprentice. Agreements generally are with the Joint Apprenticeship Committee for the full term of apprenticeship—from three to five years. An agreement can also be with an employer who can provide the variety of work experience necessary to give the apprentice all-around instruction in the craft and relatively continuous employment.

Apprenticeship Training is Supervised by Government Agencies

To be certain the apprentice gets proper training, both federal and state governments establish rules which supervise the progress of the trainer. Every construction apprenticeship program must adhere to regulations and standards, which are registered with the Ohio Apprenticeship Council. The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training assists in the formulation of and the carrying out of the standards. Apprenticeship in construction has been described as "the doorway to opportunity." Apprentices—at little cost to themselves—learn skills they can use the rest of their lives. Training gained through apprenticeship has enabled many workers to advance to better jobs.

Apprenticeship Wage Information

Trade
Age

Program
Length

Starting
Wage*
Journeyman
Wage*
Boilermakers
18-Up
4 years
28.20
35.85
Bricklayers
18-Up
4 years
16.58
33.16
Carpenters
17½-Up
4 years
18.73
34.06
Cement Masons
18-Up
3 years
18.16
33.01
Electricians
17½-Up
5 years
11.99
36.98
Floorlayers
17½-Up
4 years
11.62
33.21
Glaziers
18-Up
4 years
14.54
28.27
Insulators
17½-Up
5 years
15.71
34.91
Ironworkers
18-Up
4 years
19.54
35.52
Laborers
18-Up
3 years
15.53
25.89
Mechanical Equipment Workers
18-Up
5 years
15.30
38.98
Millwrights
17½-Up
4 years
11.00
34.16
Operating Engineers
18-Up
4 years
15.77
31.53
Painters & Decorators
18-Up
3 years
11.78
29.44
Plasters
18-Up
4 years
15.85
31.69
Plumbers/Pipefitters
18-Up
5 years
18.95
38.88
Roofers/Waterproofers
18-Up
4 years
14.80
29.59
Sheet Metal Workers
18-Up
5 years
14.77
36.49
Telecommunication Techs.
17½-Up
3 years
13.25
24.81
**Wages include fringe benefits and are effective 07/01/01. For wage information updates, go to www.acp1.com