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Skilled Laborers
 
TIMELINE FOR 2020 CLASSES:
 
1st class - Application deadline is February 7, 2020 -- testing and interviews in February/March 2020
2nd class - Application deadline is April 24, 2020 -- testing and interviews in May 2020
3rd class - Application deadline is June 5, 2020 -- testing and interviews in June/July 2020
 
Applications are accepted year-round.  Selection for the first class will include all 33 counties in Western PA.  Selection for additional classes will be according to workforce needs.
 
HOW TO APPLY:  Applications can be downloaded at laborpa.org.  Mail or drop off application and fee to:  Western PA Laborers Training Center, 317 Deer Creek Road, Saxonburg, PA  16056.
 
APPLICANT SELECTION:  Selection is based on the needs within the region of western PA.  Candidates will be selected by an appointed panel using job-related selection testing and interview.  These programs offer an excellent training opportunity, they do not guarantee full employment.  Employment is assigned by the Union as provided for in the collective bargaining agreements.
 
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS OF THE PROGRAM INCLUDE:
 
  • At least 18 years old when selected
  • High school diploma or GED certificate
  • Valid PA driver's license & dependable transportation
  • Pass a drug test
  • A non-refundable $25 fee at time of application (money order or cashier's check)
  • Reside in one of the 33 counties of western PA for past 6 months
 
 
 
Joint Apprenticeship Schools of the Union Building Trades
 
The success of any construction project depends on the quality of the people who build it.  Here in western Pennsylvania, we have 30 tuition-free quality apprenticeship programs that produce some of the finest craftspeople in the country.  The combination of outstanding curricula and on-the-job training creates a skilled workforce capable of building any type of size of construction project.  
 
  • Earn While You Learn
  • Tuition Free
  • Paid on the Job Training   
  • College Credits Available
 
Go to www.buildersguild.org and click on the Apprenticeships tab for more information on these rewarding careers:
 
    Boilermakers                                   Operating Engineers                    
    Bricklayers & Allied Crafts            Operative Plasterers and Cement Masons
    Carpenters                                       Painters, Drywall Finishers, Glaziers
    Electricians                                      Plumbers
    Elevator Constructors                    Roofers
    Insulators                                         Sheet Metal Workers
    Iron Workers                                    Sprinkler Fitters
    Laborers                                           Steamfitters
 
 
 
Operating Engineers & Mechanics
 
TIMELINE FOR 2020 CLASS - Application pick up deadline is December 20, 2019.  Testing and interviews will be in January & February 2020.  Selection by April 1, and training begins in April, May & June 2020.
 
HOW TO APPLY - Applications and informational packets can be downloaded at wpaoperators.org or picked up Monday through Friday, December 9-20, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the following locations.  Applications also available on Saturday, December 14, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the address below with an asterisk (*).
 
111 Zeta Drive, Pittsburgh PA  15238                             
1095 University Drive, Dunbar, PA  15431
*457 Christopher Road, New Alexandria, PA  15670*
270 Salem Drive, New Alexandria, PA  15670
206 Seneca St., 1st Floor, Oil City, PA  16301
101A Walker Drive, Edinboro, PA  16412
214 North Second Street., Clearfield, PA  16830
291 McClurg Road, Youngstown, OH  44512
 
Applicants may apply for either or both programs but may enroll in only one.
 
APPLICANT SELECTION - Selection is based on the needs within the region of western PA and eastern Ohio.  Candidates will be selected by an independent organization or appointed panel using job-related selection testing and interview.  These programs offer an excellent training opportunity, they do not guarantee full employment.  Employment is assigned by the Union as provided for in the collective bargaining agreements.
 
Qualification Requirements of the Program include:
1.  Be at least 18 at the time of acceptance into the Program.
2.  Reside in one of the 33 counties of western PA or Columbiana, Mahoning or Trumbull counties in Ohio for a minimum of 6 months.  (Visit wpaoperators.org for a list of counties)
3.  Have a high school diploma or GED.
4.  Have a valid PA or Ohio driver's license and dependable transportation.
5.  Submit a non-refundable fee of $25 with each application.
6.  Pass a DOT physical exam and drug test.
 
The Western Pennsylvania Operating Engineers Joint Apprenticeship & Training Program ("the Program") will not discriminate against apprenticeship applicants, apprentices or journeyworkers based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation, genetic information, or because they are an individual with a disability or a person 40 years or older.  The Program will take affirmative action to provide equal opportunity in apprenticeship and will operate the program as required under Title 29 of the CFR, part 30.  See notice at wpaoperators. org/EEO.
 
Heat & Frost Insulators and Allied Workers
 
Applications will be available at the Insulators Training Center, 109 Pleasant Drive, Suite B, Aliquippa, PA  15001 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the following dates:  October 28, 29, 30, 31, November 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7.
 
REQUIREMENTS:  
  • Applicant must pick up the application in person and have a photo identification.  A non-refundable $25.00 processing fee is due upon the receipt of the application.  Payment must be by money order or cashier's check, made payable to the "Insulator's Joint Apprenticeship Program".
  • Applicant must return the completed application to the office of the committee, postmarked on or before November 15, 2019.
  • Applicant must be a minimum of eighteen (18) years of age at the time of application.
  • Applicant must be physically able to perform the work of the trade.
  • Applicant must be a high school graduate or have a GED at the time of application.
  • Applicant must have a dependable form of transportation.
 
 
 
 
Carpenters
 
HEAVY HIGHWAY AND RAILROAD CARPENTERS JOINT APPRENTICESHIP AND TRAINING PROGRAM
 
TIMELINE FOR 2020 CLASSES:  Applications are accepted year-round.  Application deadline for the first class is March 25, 2020.   Interviews start on April 13, 2020.  Selection early May, and training begins in mid May.  Additional classes may be held throughout the summer and fall according to workforce needs.
 
HOW TO APPLY:  Applications can be completed online at www.kmltf.org or completed electronically every Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Carpenters Training Center, 652 Ridge Road, Pittsburgh, PA  15205.  Applicants who apply in person and who live more than 60 miles from the Training Center should call 412-262-1830 in advance to schedule a test for the same day.
 
APPLICANT SELECTION:  Selection is based on the needs within the region of Western PA.  Candidates will be selected by an independent organization or appointed panel using job-related testings and interview.  This program offers an excellent training opportunity, it does not guarantee full employment.  Employment is assigned by the Union as provided for in the collective bargaining agreements.
 
Qualification Requirements of the Program Include:
 
  • Applicants must be not less than 17 years of age, 18 to go to work
  • Be physically capable of performing the work of the Heavy Highway Carpenter
  • Pass a Drug Test
  • Be a citizen of the United States or a Legal Alien
  • Have a high school diploma, GED and furnish a transcript of high school courses and grades
  • Have a valid photo government issued ID and have dependable transportation.  Must be willing to travel from one job to another, regardless of the distance involved with the 33 county area.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cement Masons
 
APPRENTICE AND JOURNEYMAN EDUCATION AND TRAINING FUND OF CEMENT MASONS' UNION LOCAL 526
 
TIMELINE FOR 2020 CLASS:  Application deadline is March 20, 2020.  Interviews will be on March 30 and March 31, 2020.  Selection and training will be in April 2020.  Additional classes may be held throughout the summer and fall according to workforce needs.
 
HOW TO APPLY:  Applications can be picked up in person Monday through Friday, March 9-20, 2020 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Cement Masons Local 526 office at 2606 California Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA  15212.
 
APPLICANT SELECTION:  Selection is based on the needs within the region of Western PA.  Candidates will be selected by an independent organization or appointed panel using a job-related selection interview.  This program offers an excellent training opportunity, it does not guarantee full employment.  Employment is assigned by the Union as provided for in the collective bargaining agreements.
 
Qualification Requirements of the Program Include:
 
  • At least 18 at the time of job placement
  • Reside in 33 counties of Western PA (bring social security card or birth certificate)
  • High school diploma or GED certificate (bring document and transcript)
  • Valid driver's license & dependable transportation (bring license and owner/registration card)
  • A non-refundable $10 fee (bring $10 cash or money order)
  • Pass a drug test
 
 
 
 
Sheet Metal Workers
 
Applications are not being accepted.  Applications must be postmarked by February 29, 2020.  Mail or drop off application at:  Local 12 Training Center, 1200 Gulf Lab Road, Pittsburgh, PA  15238.  
 
For more information or to download an application, go to www.smlocal12.org or call 412-828-1386.
 
Roofers
 
Applications are taken at the Journeyman Apprentice Training Center, 230 Lincoln Avenue, Bellevue, PA  15202, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.  Please schedule an appointment.
 
Minimum requirements for apprentice roofer are:
  • Be of legal working age
  • Be physically able to perform the manual work of the trade
  • Proof of High School Graduate or equivalent GED Certificate (Official Transcript)
  • Have a valid PA Drivers license, and reliable transportation
  • Social Security Card or Birth Certificate for I-9 use.
  • Be of good moral character
  • Must reside within the geographical jurisdiction of Local #37
  • Must take the SRA Mechanical Aptitudes Test at time of application
  • Must attend Joint Apprenticeship Committee oral interview
  • Letters of Recommendation are required at the time of oral interview
  • Final applicants are required to pass a physical examination and drug test prior to acceptance into the program
 
A non-refundable processing fee of $15.00 will be required at the time of application, payable by money order only, made payable to Roofers Local 37 JAC.
Plumbers
 
Applications may be obtained between February 24, 2020 through March 7, 2020 at Plumbers Local Union No. 27 Headquarters/Pipe Trades Training Center, 1040 Montour West Industrial Park, Corapolis, PA  15108 and at the Erie Training Center, 8150 Hawthorne Drive, Erie, PA  16509 during the following hours:
 
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday  9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  and 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
                                    Thursday  9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.   and 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
                                         Friday  9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.   and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
                                    Saturday  8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
 
Applications must be completed at the time of registration.  No application will be given at the time of registration unless all qualifications are met as listed below:
 
  • Must be of good moral character and physically able to perform the work of the trade.
  • Must be at least 18 year of age and have a high school diploma or GED equivalent
  • Must have a valid PA Drivers License
  • Must be a citizen of the U.S. and reside within the geographical jurisdiction of Plumbers Local Union No. 27
  • Must pay a fee of $30.00 (check or cash) at the time of application (non-refundable) to cover the cost of processing the application
  • If accepted, will be required to submit a test for substance abuse
  • If accepted, will be required to undergo a criminal background check
  • Will be required to take a written qualification exam at Plumbers Local Union No. 27's Headquarters in Coraopolis, PA
  • Applications who qualify, base on written exam, will be granted a personal interview, which will be held at Plumbers Local 27's Headquarters in Coraopolis, PA
  • Any person selected a probational apprentice must pay $250.00 toward their initiation fee of $500.00 and after an acceptable probational period of one year, the remaining $250.00 must be paid to Plumbers Local Union No. 27.  Residential Apprentices selected as a probationary apprentice must pay $125.00 toward their initiation fee of $250.00 and after an acceptable probationary period of one year, the remaining $125.00 must be paid to Plumbers Local Union No. 27.
 
You must bring the following documentation to apply
 
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • $30.00 application fee (cash or check)
  • Valid PA Drivers License
  • Transcript of High School Grades
Ironworkers
 
Interested persons may obtain an applications by downloading the application from our website at www.iwlocal3.com or in person at the following loctions:
 
Zone 1 - Ironworkers Local #3 - Pittsburgh Training Center
              2315 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA  15222
              Dates:  Year round Monday thru Friday
              Time:  From 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
              Phone:  (412) 471-4535
 
Zone 2 - Ironworkers Local #3 - Erie Office
              4901 East Lake Road, Erie, PA  16511
              Dates:  Year round Monday thru Friday by appointment only
              Time:  From 9:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.
              Phone (814) 898-2060 to set up an appointment to pick up an application
 
Zone 3 - Ironworkers Local #3 - Clearfield Office
              1402 Leonard Street - P.O. Box 1472
               Clearfield, PA  16830-1472
               Dates:  Year round Monday thru Friday by appointment only
               Time:  From 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
               Phone:  (814) 765-7535 to set up an appointment to pick up an application
 
Fill out the application completely and return it along with the following:
  • A photo copy of their birth certificate as proof of age
  • A photo copy of their high school diploma or GED equivalent
  • A photo copy of valid PA drivers license or valid out of state license
  • Thirty-five dollars ($35.00) non-refundable fee for administrative expense (Check or money order ONLY made payable to:  IWJA&JTF)
 
Return to:
 
Ironworkers Local 3 Training Center
2315 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA  15222
 
All applicants will be required to take an aptitude test.  If the score on the aptitude test meets the requirements, they will then be required to appear for a personal interview for final evaluation.
 
Basic Requirements
  • Must be at least 18 year of age
  • If selected, it shall be mandatory on the part of each applicant to present a doctor's certificate as evidence of his or her physical fitness to perform the work.  A certified drug test will be required before final acceptance into the program.  The drug testing will be at the Program's expense.
  • Must be a high school graduate, or possess a GED diploma,  High school seniors, 18 years old, who will graduate during this registration period, must have a letter from their school principal on school stationery with a school seal stating they will graduate.
  • Applicants will be tested to determine achievement, as in math, mechanical drawing, aptitude, both mental and manipulative performance relative to the trade.
  • Applicants must live in the jurisdiction of Local Union #3:
  • Zone 1 consists of the counties of Allegheny, Fayette, Westmoreland, Cambria, Indiana, Armstrong, Butler, and portions of Beaver, Clarion, Washington and Greene.
  • Zone 2 consists of the counties of Erie, Crawford, Forrest, and Warren.
  • Zone 3 consists of the counties of McKean, Potter, Elk, Cameron, Clinton, Centre, Jefferson & Clearfield.
  • Applicant must live in the zone they are applying for
 
 
 
Electrical
 
The IBEW Local 5 Registered Apprenticeship Program is a five-year program that combines on-the-job training with classroom instruction from accredited professionals. 
 
Applicants must complete the application in person at the Pittsburgh or Clearfield Training Facility on designated dates and times.  The applicant must score in the top one third of all applicants testing to qualify for an interview.  After an application is turned in, it is reviewed and selected by committee for aptitude testing.  The candidate will then have to complete an interview with the committee.  If the committee sees you as an ideal candidate after the interview, candidates are then subject to a physical, substance and color blindness test.  The application selection process only occurs once per year.  Once a candidate is accepted, they will become an apprentice in the Western PA Electrical Apprenticeship Program.
 
Timeline for 2020 Application Process:
Pittsburgh:
  • March 10-14, 2020, Tuesday-Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • March 17-21, 2020, Tuesday-Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
 
Clearfield:
  • March 14 and 21, 2020 Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
 
Applicants must meet the following requirements:
  • Applicants shall be in good health, of average intelligence, conscientious and interested in learning the trade
  • Must be 18 years old, as of June 30, 2020
  • Must be a high school graduate or hold a GED
  • Must have completed one year of high school algebra or one post high school algebra course
  • Applicant must be willing to take any tests given by or for the Committee
  • When an apprenticeship is offered, one must submit to a physical and substance testing and a test for color blindness.  These tests will be administered by a doctor selected and paid for by the Committee
  • Must be a resident of one of the following counties in PA for at least one year prior to application:  Allegheny, Armstrong, Bedford, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Elk, Fayette, Fulton, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Jefferson, McKean, Somerset, Venango, Washington and Westmoreland
  • A non-refundable check or money order for $25.00 will be required with the returned application.  Cost of all testing and examinations to be paid by the Committee.  We will not accept cash payments, check or money orders only
  • All applicants must have a PA Driver's License for the entire time they are in the apprenticeship program
 
Please bring the following items with you to complete the application:
  • Copy of your high school transcript official or unofficial (not a copy of diploma) and/or your GED with scores (not a copy of the certificate
  • Your PA Drivers License
  • A (non-refundable) check or money order for $25.00 made payable to:  Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee
  • We will not accept cash payments
 
 
Bricklayers
 
Bricklayers and Allied Crafts Local #9 is accepting applications for no-cost, paid apprenticeships with the following trades:  Bricklayer, Cement Mason, Pointer-Caulker-Cleaner, Stone Mason, Tile Layer, Terrazzo Workers, Tile and Marble Finishers, and Marble Masons.  New apprentices are brought in as needed.
 
The application is available for download at www.local9pa.com at Career Link in your area, or the Local #9 PA union hall located at 100 Kingston Drive, Pittsburgh, PA  15235.
 
The base minimum requirements are as follows:
 
  • Applicant must be 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or GED certificate, or 17 years of age with parent or guardian signature.
  • Applicant must have a valid PA drivers' license.
  • Applicant must take a written exam set up by the J.A.T.C. and attend an in-person interview.
  • Applicant must pay a nonrefundable processing fee of $25.00 upon submitting the application.  Payments may be made by cash, check or money order payable to "BAC Local 9 PA JATF".
  • Applicant may be required to submit to a test for substance abuse and are subject to a criminal background check.
  • Applicant must be willing to attend an out-of-state school for 8 weeks.
  • Applicants must reside within the jurisdiction of B.A.C. Local 9 PA and the appropriate area/chapter for which they are applying.
 
Applications are accepted throughout the year; for more information and to confirm residency requirement please visit www.local9pa.com.
 
 
 
 
 
KML Carpenters Apprenticeship and Training Fund
 
Commercial Carpenters
 
  • Carpenters are trained professionals and use their skills and training to install any building product in the construction of houses, schools, churches, hotels, hospitals and large commercial buildings including power plants.  Carpenters make up the largest single group of skilled workers in the country.
 
Floor Coverer
 
  • Professional floor coverers from the United Brotherhood of Carpenters are responsible for installing all types of flooring materials from carpet, sheet vinyl's tile, wood and laminates, and even sports surfaces.  This is a specialized occupation with many opportunities.
 
Pile Driver
 
  • Professional pile drivers expertly and efficiently maneuver huge construction machinery to drive metal, concrete or wood piling into the earth during the early stages of construction.  If you like working outside with large equipment, heavy materials and sometimes under extreme weather conditions, then you'll like the hearty occupation of the pile driver.
 
Heavy Highway
 
  • Heavy Highway construction workers build and assemble forms and their components for concrete.  Some types of projects include bridges, retaining walls, tunnels, subways, drainage structures, hydroelectric development, lock, dams and sewage treatment projects.
 
Millwrights
 
  • If you like to work with machines and tools and precision instruments and have a keen eye for the perfect fit, you might consider being a millwright.  Millwrights are an elite group of construction workers who work primarily with metal, machinery and equipment requiring precision.
 
Mill Cabinet
 
  • Cabinetry and millwork professionals are craftspeople who like to work with their hands and take pride in working with the  finest materials and tools money can buy.  These men and women produce wood products such as molding, panels and furniture.
 
Mandatory Requirements:
 
As an interested applicant for the Apprenticeship Program, it is your responsibility to complete all of the following mandatory requirements:
 
  • Provide a valid government photo ID (minimum 17 years of age to apply, 18 years old to start work)
  • Suitable transportation:  a valid driver's license will enhance your application
  • Provide copies of documentation of high school transcripts, completion of a GED or equivalent - Those graduating by June are eligible.
  • Capable of meeting the physical, mental, and cognitive demands of the Training
  • Indicate interest, desire, and willingness to learn
  • Be available for full time employment if accepted into the program
  • Must reside in the Pennsylvania excluding the following counties:  Philadelphia, Delaware, Chester, Montgomery, Bucks, Berks, Lancaster, Carbon, Lehigh, and Northampton
  • Also, may reside in the following counties in Maryland and West Virginia:  Allegany, Garrett & Washington (MD) and Berkley, Brooke, Grant, Hardy, Hampshire, Hancock, Jefferson, Marshall, Mineral, Morgan, Ohio & Pendleton (WV)
  • Pile Driver Training applicants from the following counties are also eligible:  Monongalia, Preston & Wetzel (WV) and Columbiana & Jefferson (OH)
 
 
 
  • Commercial Carpenter applications submitted for the Pittsburgh Training Center after the April 22, 2020 deadline are for the October 2020 apprenticeship class.
  • The Pittsburgh Training Center accepts applications for Commercial Carpentry year-round with classes starting in February, June and October.
  • Floor Coverer, Heavy Highway, Mill Cabinet, Millwright and Pile Driver applications are accepted year-round with classes starting in June.
  • For Duncansville and Lebanon Training Center, please contact the Training Center for more application information.