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Joint Apprenticeship Training Opportunities

Western Pennsylvania’s 17 building trade unions accept applications annually for nearly 1,000 new apprentices.These apprentices will receive both tuition-free classroom and paid on-the-job training, providing the unique opportunity to earn while they learn.

To apply to any of the training programs, area residents must generally meet the following :

  • Be at least 18 years of age (17 years of age accepted by Carpenters and Sheet Metal Workers)
  • Have a high school diploma or GED (High school seniors can apply to most programs prior to graduation)
  • Possess a valid Pennsylvania Driver’s License
  • Have suitable transportation (Work sites are located throughout the region)
  • Be drug free

Training periods vary, but generally take three to five years to complete. As apprentices progress through the programs, they earn wage increases and receive substantial fringe benefits, including health care.


Applications are accepted at different times of the year. Some programs accept applications year round, others accept applications for limited periods of time, in some cases as little as two weeks a year.

Applications must generally be submitted at the training centers, but several programs, such as the Ironworkers and Sheet Metal Workers, accept applications on line. There is a nominal application fee for most programs.

Once applications are submitted, most programs will have the applicants take a general aptitude test that is primarily geared toward math and reading comprehension. A practical knowledge of algebra and geometry are highly beneficial. Several programs provide sample tests for potential applicants on their websites. Remedial math classes are also available through CCAC and other organizations.

Those applicants scoring the highest on their test are then interviewed, much as they would be for most other types of employment. There is no limit as to the number of times an individual can apply or be tested.


Boilermakers Local #154 Joint Apprenticeship Training Center
1221 Banksville Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15216

Bricklayers and Allied Crafts Local #9 Joint Apprenticeship Training Center
100 Kingston Drive
Monroeville, PA 15235

Cement Masons Local #526 Joint Apprenticeship Training Center
2606 California Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Elevator Constructors Joint Apprenticeship Training Center
2945 Banksville Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15216

Insulators Local #2 Joint Apprenticeship Training Center
1057 Clinton Road
Clinton, PA 15026

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local #5
Joint Apprenticeship Training Center
5 Hot Metal Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203

International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council #57
Joint Apprenticeship Training Center
101 Ewing Road
Carnegie, PA 15106

Ironworkers Joint Apprenticeship and Journeyman Training Center
2315 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Keystone Mountain Lakes Regional Council of Carpenters
Joint Apprenticeship Training Center
652 Ridge Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15205

Laborers’ District Council of Western Pennsylvania 
Joint Apprenticeship Training Center
317 Deer Creek Road
Saxonburg, PA 16056

Operating Engineers Local #66 Joint Apprenticeship Training Center
457 Christopher Road
New Alexandria, PA 15670

Plasterers Local #31 Joint Apprenticeship Training Center
1900 Andrew Street
Munhall, PA 15120

Plumbers Local #27 Joint Apprenticeship Training Center
1040 Montour West Industrial Park
Coraopolis, PA 15108

Roofers Local #37 Joint Apprenticeship Training Center
230 Lincoln Avenue
Bellevue, PA 15202

Sheet Metal Workers Local #12 Joint Apprenticeship Training Center
1200 Gulf Lab Road
Harmarville, PA 15238

Sprinkler-Fitters Local #542 Joint Apprenticeship Training Center
P.O. Box 58161
227 Stanton Avenue
Millvale, PA 15209

Steamfitters Local #449 Joint Apprenticeship Training Center

1459 Woodruff Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15220

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