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Training and Education
The diverse offerings for training and education are great in Oregon and throughout the United States.
some high schools offer Career Technical Education (CTE) or Vo-Tech
community colleges offer certifications and associates degrees
internships and apprenticeships are great ways to gain experience and involve little or no cost to you!
Preparing Students for Careers in Construction
Pre-apprenticeship programs are one way students can get ready for careers in the construction trades. These programs are designed to help students build the skills to meet the entry qualifications for a trade or apprenticeship program. In a pre-apprenticeship program, you will learn:
Job Site Communication
Basic Soft Skills
Programs should be approved by the Oregon and Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Council (OSATC). The following pre-apprenticeship training organizations teach the basic knowledge and skills to compete for entry into any of the many OSATC-approved apprenticeship programs. These programs can be a vital first step for people who don’t come from a construction background. Pick one below.
For WASHINGTON Pre-Apprenticeship programs, click HERE:
APPRENTICESHIPS – The Original 4-Year Degree
Get Paid While Learning!! How cool is that!
Apprenticeship programs give students training in a skilled trade in the classroom and on the job. Each apprenticeship trade has a Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC) that decides how students complete the apprenticeship program and move on to the next level as a journeyperson. Apprenticeship programs usually consist of two to five years of supervised, on-the-job experience in a chosen trade. On-the-job and trade-related hours can only be logged once you are indentured.
In order to qualify, apprentices must meet basic qualifications based on age, education, and experience. State-registered Apprentice Programs require a minimum of 144 classroom hours and lab/shop training per year plus 4,000 to 8,000 hours of on-the-job training, depending on the program.
If you’re ready to train for a job, apprenticeships a pretty great way to learn. As an apprentice, your day will look something like this:
20% in-class training
80% on-the-job training/work
100% mentored by a professional
Here are some of the top apprenticeships in Oregon, along with the organizations that offer them and live links.
United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (UBC) Link to the site HERE
Mid-Willamette Industrial TATC (MA#2009) Link to the site HERE
ADVANTAGES OF APPRENTICESHIP
Training is free, and lets you earn a salary while you learn. No student loans, no tuition fees, and, hopefully, no debt. Your salary will increase as you learn more skills!
Apprenticeship programs are intensive, combining classroom study and hands-on, on-the-job training at an actual construction site. You’ll work side-by-side with a seasoned professional who will supervise your work, teach you the necessary skills, and teach you about safety and the rules of the job site.
Once you complete your apprenticeship, you’ll be on your way to a successful long-term career with a competitive salary.
You’ll receive national industry certification upon graduation from a career training program, which you can take anywhere in the United States.
Ready to apply to an Apprenticeship Program?
ATTEND OR VIEW AN ORIENTATION PROGRAM
Orientations help you understand the trade and type of work involved. You can attend one in-person or online. Orientation is a chance to ask questions about the apprenticeship program itself.
Apply for the Apprenticeship Program
Once you’ve decided on a trade and you are ready to apply, there will usually be some online applications to fill out and some required documents you’ll need to provide.
A face-to-face interview
Next, you will be called in for an interview. These sessions give you and the apprenticeship provider a chance to get to know each other and to talk about the next steps.
Hands-on skills assessment and initial training
These evaluations are a chance for you to show you have what it takes to pursue the trade you have chosen. The assessment can be challenging and physically demanding.
You may also be asked to take a New Member Orientation and OSHA 10 course. Once you have completed all of the preliminary requirements, you will be placed on a “ready-for-dispatch” list.
Employers call the union to ask for journey workers and apprentices to do jobs for them. When your name comes up, it will be your chance to go to work!
You will need to look on job boards or solicit individual construction companies, contractors, and sub-contractors. These employers may have worked by the piece or hired you as an employee or subcontractor.
Apprenticeship Training Centers
Joint Apprenticeship Training Centers- JATC and Unions in Oregon and SW Washington:
Central Oregon Community College, Click Here.
The college combines on-the-job training and classwork leading to journeyperson status in the trades.
JATC-Joint Apprenticeship Training Centers
Area 1 is an open shop inside an electrical training program.
The Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee of the Northwest Line Construction Industry (NW Line JATC) is a non-profit association formed to systematically train unionized workers for outside electrical construction.
The focus of the NW Line JATC is to provide the Northwest’s outside electrical industry with highly skilled journey-level workers. They do this by offering two different apprenticeship programs, the outside line construction program and the power line clearance & tree trimming apprenticeship.
The Oregon & Southern Idaho Laborers-Employers Training Trust trains professional construction laborers in Oregon and Southern Idaho.
The Oregon State Association of Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling Contractors (ORPHCC) is the program administrator for the Mid-Valley Sheet Metal Workers and Mid-Valley Steamfitters/Pipefitters apprenticeship programs.
Pacific Northwest Carpenters Institute (PNCI) is the premier educational institution in Oregon, Southwest Washington, and Idaho for carpenters and the affiliated trades.
Northwest Carpenters work with partner contractors to provide reliable and professional service to meet the growing needs of the Northwest’s construction industry.
The UA Local 290 Training Center offers five-year apprenticeship programs for plumbers and steamfitters consisting of on-the-job training and night school.
The Sheet Metal Training Trust, Union Local #16, and the Columbia Chapter of the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association have funded this training center.
COLLEGES - TECHNICAL INSTITUTES - UNIVERSITIES
1 – 2-year Industry-recognized Programs and Technical Certifications
Community colleges offer many programs that can launch a career in construction including trade-specific apprenticeship courses and one- or two-year certificate programs.
CIVIL/ARCHITECTURAL ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY
MONEY Please remember My Work My Future is a promoter of debt-free education.
If you must incur debt, here are helpful listings.
Scholarships – Financial Aid – Grants
Scholarships- Debit free
The construction industry and its many partners make a lot of scholarships available. Many companies, unions, and other professional groups offer scholarships for employees’ children, but that’s just the beginning.
You can find great information about scholarships from the Oregon Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC) and Washington State Scholarships and Grants Here. You can also ask the colleges and universities directly about the scholarships they offer.
Grants- Debt Free
A trade school grant is not the same thing as a student loan or a scholarship. Student loans are exactly what their name implies – they are loans that need to be repaid with interest. Scholarships, on the other hand, don’t need to be repaid but usually have strict requirements for receiving them.
Grants, on the other hand, are free, no-strings-attached money. They are usually awarded on the basis of economic need – that is, organizations give grants to people who need the money for their educations. Sorting through the different categories of grants takes time and effort, but it pays off in dollars and in opportunities. For more information, Here
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