Apprentices

TERMS OF APPRENTICESHIP: EARN WHILE YOU LEARN

Not less than Five (5) years, consisting of Ten Thousand (10,000) hours of on the job training or Ten (10) Six (6) month periods of reasonable continuous employment and the required hours of related classroom instruction which will be no less than One Hundred and Sixty hours (160) each year.

  • The term of apprenticeship shall include a probationary period which shall not exceed One year or Two Thousand (2,000) hours of reasonable continuous employment.
  • Upon successful completion of the probationary period the applicant will be qualified to receive all the benefits in the collective bargaining agreement.
  • The term of apprenticeship may be extended one (1) year upon satisfactory proof that the apprentice cannot command the journeyperson skill level required.

If accepted, our membership pays for all the training you receive. You will work on different jobs and be under the guidance of qualified journeypersons. When you are not working you will attend structured training classes to learn the different skills needed to become a journeyperson. Pay is determined by where you are in the program and through collective bargaining what our base rate is.

  • 1 st year @ 60% of rate (this is a probationary year)
  • 2nd year @ 65% for first 6 months, 2 nd 6 months @ 70%

This 5% increase continues every 6 months till the 5 th year which will be paid at 95% for entire year unless you are on a modified site or contract. All pay raises and percent advancements are subject to you doing all the work and training to the level required to receive each advancement.

  • What we do is described on our About Us page.
  • The basic classes we teach are described on our home page Training.
  • We have a 5 year apprenticeship program registered under the guidelines recommended by The U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship. Our governing body is the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America. We will teach you how to be a construction Millwright. Very few schools in the country teach you how to do all the different aspects of our trade. You need to get a broad background in subjects where you use your hands and your mind to assemble and construct anything with a number of other people involved.

HOW OUR APPRENTICESHIP WORKS

  • You must be at least 17 years old
  • You must have a High School Transcript or GED Transcript
  • You must be physically able to perform the work of our trade.
  • You must be able to pass a Drug Test.
  • You must live in the jurisdiction of our Local Collective Bargaining Agreement listed below.
  • You must have some means of transportation to get to work in any part of our jurisdiction. Public transportation is not an acceptable means of getting to work.

Our WV counties include: Northern zone- Barbour, Braxton, Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison, Lewis, Marion, Monongalia, Preston, Randolph, Taylor, Tucker, Upshur and Webster. Central zone- Calhoun, Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Tyler, Wetzel, Wirt and Wood. We have two counties in Ohio in this zone, Washington and Athens. Southern zone- Boone, Clay, Fayette, Greenbrier, Kanawha, Logan, Mason, McDowell, Mercer, Mingo, Monroe, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Putnam, Raleigh, Summers and Wyoming. Bordering counties in WV that may also apply include- Marshall, Grant, Pendleton, Wayne,Lincoln, and Cabell.

OUR APPLICATION POLICY

We will accept applications on the first Thursday of each month from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm at the following locations. (except holidays)

609 Broadway, Bridgeport, WV 26330                      phone 304-842-5431
1560 Kanawha Blvd East, Charleston, WV 25311  phone 304-342-3004
4600 Camden Ave, Parkersburg, WV 26101            phone 304-422-1593

We will not take in new apprentices every month! We will accept applications once each month.

We will be using WorkForce WV for our written testing. You must be registered with WorkForce WV to take the testing. You do not have to be unemployed to register with WorkForce WV. This can be done by contacting your local WorkForce office or you can register online at www.workforcewv.org. (Job seekers) WorkForce will give the complete TABE Test. This consists of two(2) math tests and reading for comprehension. To advance to the interview stage of our process you must score at a tenth (10) grade or higher level on the written testing.

Only those applicants who pass the written testing at tenth (10) grade or higher level will be given an interview. This interview date will be sent to you by certified mail with the time and date of interview stated in the letter. All interviews will be done at our Union Hall on 4600 Camden Avenue, Parkersburg, West Virginia 26101.

RECOMMENDED EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

  1. Math: we need basic math skills in addition, subtraction, division, multiplication, fractions, decimals, percent, square root, converting decimals & fractions, ratios, area and volume of different shapes, basic algebra, basic geometry.
  2. Mechanical background: shop classes- auto or machine shop, any classes where you use your hands to create something.
  3. Drafting or mechanical drawing, blueprints
  4. Science classes
  5. Welding and fabrication classes
  6. Surveying or Optical instruments
  7. Communication skills

You the future job seeker need to base your studies to be able to go down several different paths within a given field. No individual trade or company will be able to hire all the students graduating in a given year from a specific vocational or even educational program.

EXAMPLE:

If you graduate from a machine shop program on standard manual equipment and all the company uses are computer operated machines you still do not have the skills needed. If you also have computer skills the employer could bring you in at an entry level position and with further training make you a productive machine operator. This would mean the employer has to have a training program in house. This is an expense the employer may or may not want to fund. If the employer chooses not to spend money to fund in house training you need to already possess the skills require to be employed. To you this means further education. Several processes in the employer’s facility use welding skills to assemble a piece before it is machined. If you have welding skills with machine skills the employer can bring you in at an entry level welding position and then with further education or training advance you to machining jobs.

Technology changes every day so to compete in a global market you need to constantly be upgrading your education and skills. Where the employer does not do in house upgrading skills it is your responsibility to get training the employers require to get the positions you seek.

This is the Union Trades Apprenticeship advantage: We train our members and upgrade their skills as technology expands in our trade for our trade.

You must also be aware of people who want to change occupations or have been displaced by layoffs or plant closings. These people are upgrading their skills to gain the same employment opportunities you are seeking. The job market is very competitive so you need to be competitive too.

If you need further information you may contact:

Clint McFee
Training Director
304-422-7637

ALL APPLICANTS WILL BE CONSIDERED WITHOUT REGARD TO RACE, COLOR, RELIGION, NATIONAL AND ETHNIC ORIGIN, OR SEX AS REQUIRED UNDER TITLE 29 OF THE CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS, PART 30.