The mission of the ABC Apprenticeship Program is to provide the construction industry with the most qualified and technically trained people at all levels through various education opportunities to strengthen the construction workforce. ABC provides formal apprenticeship training programs that are registered with the United States Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship. These programs meet all federal and state requirements for formal apprenticeship and prevailing wage work including employer-sponsored classroom instruction and on-the-job training. 

Bricklayers build walls, floors, partitions, fireplaces, chimneys, and other structures with brick, pre-cast masonry panels, concrete block, and other masonry materials. They lay brick on houses, schools, baseball stadiums, office buildings, and other structures. Some bricklayers specialize in installing heat resistant firebrick linings inside huge industrial furnaces. Bricklayers and stonemasons usually work outdoors. They normally work from a scaffold and sometimes they scaffold can be several stories high. They work in mason crews or teams. Apprentices often start their masonry career assisting a mason as a tender mixing mortar and stocking brick or stone onto the scaffold.

Cabinetmakers use machines and hand tools that include various saws, shapers, planers, joiners, routers, mortisers, tenoners, molders, sanders, planes, chisels, and wood files. They use hand tools to assemble and finish the frame, hang doors, fit drawers, attach hardware, and install the final product. They also may do shaping, curving, and inlay work. Some cabinetmakers specialize only in making cabinets for homes and businesses, while others make furniture such as booths, counters, and panels for restaurants.

Carpenters help build many parts of a new building. They work with wood, metal, concrete, and other materials. Carpenters build walls and partitions, construct door frames and window sills, build forms for concrete construction, lay floors and install cabinets, and install trimwork and moldings. For most projects, carpenters use a wide variety of tools such as rules, squares, and levels. They cut and shape with saws, chisels, drills, plans and sanders. They fasten with nails, screws, staples, and adhesives. As carpenters develop their skills, they learn to read and understand blueprints, plan the best way to do a project, measure, cut, and assemble various types of building materials, use a wide variety of hand tools, and learn to visualize all steps in assigned tasks.

Electricians read blueprints to install electrical systems in factories, office buildings, homes, and other structures. They may also install coaxial cable for television or fiber optic cable for computers and telecommunications equipment. Those who work in large factories as commercial electricians may install or repair motors, transformers, generators, or electronic controllers on machine tools and industrial robots. They use numerous hand tools, operate power tools, and use electric testing meters such as ammeters or test lamps. Electricians may begin their career as a helper and then enter a formal training program becoming an apprentice. After formal training electricians must pass a written test to obtain an Electrician’s license. This license is required in almost every community in the United States to ensure all electrical installations meet the National Electrical Code – standards for safety.  Eye-hand coordination, manual dexterity, and physical balance are important for climbing ladders or operating power tools. Electricians work outdoors and indoors – working closely with other trades.

Insulation workers use common handtools—trowels, brushes, knives, scissors, saws, pliers, and stapling guns. They use power saws to cut insulating materials, welding machines to join sheet metal or secure clamps, and compressors to blow or spray insulation. Insulation workers cement, staple, wire, tape, or spray insulation. They fasten insulation with adhesive, staples, tape, or wire bands. Sometimes, they wrap a cover of aluminum, plastic, or canvas over the insulation and cement or band the cover in place. Insulation workers may screw on sheet metal around insulated pipes to protect the insulation from weather conditions or physical abuse.

There are several different types of ironworkers. Structural ironworkers move and install large girders and beams on bridges and building frames. Ornamental ironworkers install preconstructed materials on elevators, stairways, and balconies. Reinforcing ironworkers strengthen the concrete in walls, piers, and roads. Ironworkers must be physically fit and must be able to solve problems and communicate well with other workers. They should be familiar with subjects like drafting, mathematics, blueprint reading, welding, and riveting.

Metal building assemblers construct industrial, storage, and commercial structures using preconstructed framing and siding materials. These buildings can be constructed more quickly and less expensively than conventional buildings. 

Plumbers design and install piping systems that distribute water and remove waste from buildings. These systems include those connected to washers, bathtubs, sinks, toilets, heating, and cooling systems. Plumbers must know about water distribution, including how to determine the source of water flow and its anticipated water pressure level. They should be familiar with blueprint reading, local ordinances and regulations, mathematics, mechanical drawing, physics, and welding and soldering.

Sheet metal workers cut and mold sheets of metal into products used for installing and repairing ventilation and air ducts. They also construct aluminum siding, metal roofing, and gutters. These workers must have a knowledge of mathematics, blueprint reading, and drafting. They must be able to use some hand and power tools such as riveting machines and hammers.

Apprenticeship Application Process