Requirements for Application


Minimum Qualifications at a Glance

  • Minimum of 18 years of age

  • High school graduate or passed the GED proficiency test

  • Physically able to perform the work of the trade.

  • Prepared to work at extreme heights.

  • Able to lift heavy material and equipment.

  • Prepared to purchase required hand tools at a cost of $350-$400

Required education-related paperwork: At the time of application, each applicant must present a photo ID and one of the following:

  1. High school diploma

  2. High school proficiency certificate

  3. Certificate showing satisfactory scores in the General Education Development Test (G.E.D.). Applicants are responsible for making their own arrangements for G.E.D. testing. These arrangements can be made through the local school district office.

Applicants complete an application form in person. Applicants must be physically able to do work normally performed in the trade. No testing is required to enter the program.

Recommended High School Courses

  • Mathematics

  • Mechanical drawing

  • Metal shop and physical fitness

Conditions of the Training Program

Apprenticeship is served for a four-year period, which includes a minimum of 480 hours of related classroom instruction and 6,000 hours on-the-job-training.

Placement Method

Accepted applicants are placed in an eligibility pool in numerical order. Employer may sponsor applicants from the eligibility pool regardless of their numerical position in the pool.

No guarantee of employment is implied. Applicants that are accepted will be added to an existing eligibility pool only.

Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. The recruitment, selection employment, and training of apprentices during their apprenticeship shall be without discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex.