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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.


PROCEDURES FOR APPLYING

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.


JOINT APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING CENTERS

Boilermakers Local #154 Joint Apprenticeship Training Center
1221 Banksville Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15216
412-343-3072
www.apprentice.org

Bricklayers and Allied Crafts Local #9 Joint Apprenticeship Training Center
100 Kingston Drive
Monroeville, PA 15235
412-825-0923
www.apprentice.org

Cement Masons Local #526 Joint Apprenticeship Training Center
2606 California Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
412-761-6310
www.apprentice.org

Elevator Constructors Joint Apprenticeship Training Center
2945 Banksville Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15216
412-341-6666
www.apprentice.org

Insulators Local #2 Joint Apprenticeship Training Center
1057 Clinton Road
Clinton, PA 15026
724-695-3902
www.apprentice.org

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local #5
Joint Apprenticeship Training Center
5 Hot Metal Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
412-432-1145
www.ibewlocal5jatc.org

International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council #57
Joint Apprenticeship Training Center
101 Ewing Road
Carnegie, PA 15106
312-276-5758
www.dc57.org

Ironworkers Joint Apprenticeship and Journeyman Training Center
2315 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412-471-4535
www.iwlocal3.com

Keystone Mountain Lakes Regional Council of Carpenters
Joint Apprenticeship Training Center
652 Ridge Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
412-262-1830
www.kmlcarpenters.org

Laborers’ District Council of Western Pennsylvania 
Joint Apprenticeship Training Center
317 Deer Creek Road
Saxonburg, PA 16056
800-442-8868
www.laborpa.org

Operating Engineers Local #66 Joint Apprenticeship Training Center
457 Christopher Road
New Alexandria, PA 15670
724-668-2244
www.wpaoperators.org

Plasterers Local #31 Joint Apprenticeship Training Center
1900 Andrew Street
Munhall, PA 15120
412-464-2851
www.apprentice.org

Plumbers Local #27 Joint Apprenticeship Training Center
1040 Montour West Industrial Park
Coraopolis, PA 15108
724-695-9047
www.ua27.org

Roofers Local #37 Joint Apprenticeship Training Center
230 Lincoln Avenue
Bellevue, PA 15202
412-732-9720
www.apprentice.org

Sheet Metal Workers Local #12 Joint Apprenticeship Training Center
1200 Gulf Lab Road
Harmarville, PA 15238
412-828-1386
www.smlocal12.org

Sprinkler-Fitters Local #542 Joint Apprenticeship Training Center
P.O. Box 58161
227 Stanton Avenue
Millvale, PA 15209
412-822-8040
www.apprentice.org

Steamfitters Local #449 Joint Apprenticeship Training Center

1459 Woodruff Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15220
412-481-0333
www.ua449.com


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