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Apprenticeships help you gain entry into careers that are normally closed to those without experience and build flexible skills that are transferable from one employer to another and from one area of the country to another. They combine structured on-the-job training with related classroom instruction.

Electric Line Worker

Work Description
Electric lineworkers install and repair cables or wires used in electrical power or distribution systems. They erect poles and light or heavy duty transmission towers. They locate line trouble, climb poles, use hot line tools, and operate and maintain substations.

Working Conditions
Electric lineworkers usually work outdoors and are subject to 24-hour call. Most usually work a 40-hour week, but when severe weather damages power lines, they may work long and irregular hours to restore service.

Training
Classroom instruction is offered in weekly blocks staggered throughout the year.

  • Four year program
  • 7,360 hours of on-the-job training
  • 640 hours paid related instruction
  • Additional related instruction may be required

Application Materials

View application requirements below:

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Valid driver's license or reliable transportation
  • Commercial driver's license (CDL) with an "A" endorsement or the ability to get the CDL
  • Not less than 18 years old
  • Be physically able to perform the work with reasonable accommodations
  • Travel out of state for extended periods of time

Contact Information

Robert Ecker
Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards
CVTC Manufacturing Education Center
2320 Alpine Road
Eau Claire, WI 54703

715-874-4627

Mailing Address:
620 W. Clairemont Avenue
Eau Claire, WI 54701-6162

Electrician (Construction)

Work Description
Electricians install, connect, test, and maintain electrical systems for a variety of purposes, including climate control, security, and communications. Electricians use a variety of electrical equipment and apply appropriate techniques, plan wiring installation from blueprints, and properly locate boxes and outlets. They test continuity of electrical circuits to ensure compatibility and safety of components following national electrical code and complying with state and local building codes. Electricians may install coaxial or fiber optic cable for computers and other telecommunications equipment.

Working Conditions
Electrical work can be indoors or outdoors and is sometimes physically strenuous requiring prolonged standing in cramped or uncomfortable positions. Electricians follow strict safety procedures to prevent injuries from electrical shock, falls, and cuts.

Training

  • Five year training program
  • 8,000 hours on-the-job training
  • 700 hours paid related instruction
  • Additional related instruction may be required

Application
View application requirements below:

  • Applicants must be at least 17 years of age
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Algebra with a passing grade of "C" or higher or equivalent
  • Meet required norms on aptitude test (if required)
  • Must be physically able to perform trade
  • Valid driver's license or reliable transportation

Contact Information

Robert Ecker
Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards
CVTC Manufacturing Education Center
2320 Alpine Road
Eau Claire, WI 54703

715-874-4627

Mailing Address:
620 W. Clairemont Avenue
Eau Claire, WI 54701-6162

Plumber

Work Description
Plumbers install, repair and maintain the water supply, waste water treatment, drainage and gas systems in homes, commercial, and industrial buildings. Plumbers assemble, install and repair pipes, fittings, and fixtures of heating, water and drainage systems according to specifications and plumbing codes. Plumbers also install sanitary facilities such as lavatories, toilets, tubs, bathroom fixtures, showers, kitchen fixtures, drinking fountains, and laundry equipment.

Working Conditions
Plumbing work can be indoors or outdoors in existing and newly constructed buildings, in various weather conditions and around noise, dirt and mud. The work requires physical strength and stamina with prolonged standing, lifting heavy pipes and equipment, and working in cramped, awkward or uncomfortable positions. Training in safety practices reduces the risk of dangers of falls from ladders, cuts from sharp tools, and burns from hot pipes or soldering equipment.

Training
Topics include plumbing code, repair and service, materials, installation of fixtures and appliances, system design, trade math, safety, science, blueprint reading, and isometric drawing.

  • Term of Training: Five years of not less than 8,000 hours
  • On-the-Job Training: Minimum of 7,428 hours
  • Paid Related Training: 572 hours of paid related instruction. Classes are scheduled one full day, eight hours, every two weeks during the school year. Apprentices are paid to attend these classes at the same rate of pay as hours worked on the job. Attendance is mandatory.
  • Night School Classes: Apprentices are required to attend 260 hours of night school as designated by the Committee, on their own time.
  • Wages: Apprentices are paid a percentage of the journeymen's base wage rate as established annually by the State of Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. The apprentice's wage is a percentage of the skilled rate and is divided into a pay progression. The wage at each level of the progression is a designated percentage of the skilled wage rate. Wage advances are usually given annually. Advances are based on the completion of a designated number of academic and work hours.
  • Completion: Upon completion of work and school requirements, the apprentice plumber is eligible to apply to write the State of Wisconsin journeyman plumbing exam.

Application Materials
Applications are for the following Eau Claire Area counties: Barron, Chippewa, Clark, Dunn, Eau Claire, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, Price, Rusk, St. Croix, Taylor and the northern half of Buffalo, Jackson and Trempealeau.

Apprentice Application Requirements:

  • Must be a high school graduate or have a GED/HSED
  • Must have a valid driver's license or reliable transportation
  • Must be physically able to perform trade work
  • Must take the TABE or Accuplacer Placement Test. Must take the TABE A, Parts 2 and 3, which includes reading, math computations, and applied math. Applicants must score a minimum of 11.4 grade equivalent on each section of the TABE test. Accuplacer scores must meet minimum requirements of Reading 66, Arithmetic 66, Elementary Algebra 33.

Contact Information

Robert Ecker
Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards
CVTC Manufacturing Education Center
2320 Alpine Road
Eau Claire, WI 54703

715-874-4627

Mailing Address:
620 W. Clairemont Avenue
Eau Claire, WI 54701-6162

Sheet Metal

Work Description
Sheet metal workers make, install, and maintain air-conditioning, heating, ventilation, and pollution control duct systems; roofs; siding; rain gutters; downspouts; skylights; restaurant equipment; outdoor signs; and many other products made with metal sheets. They also may work with fiberglass and plastic materials. Although some workers specialize in fabrication, installation, or maintenance, most do all three jobs.

Working Conditions
Sheet metal workers who fabricate sheet metal products work in shops that are well-lighted and well-ventilated. However, they stand for long periods and lift heavy materials and finished pieces. Those performing installation work do considerable moving, sometimes in close quarters or in awkward positions. The installation of siding, roofs, and gutters involve outdoor work, requiring sheet metal workers to work in various kinds of weather.

Training
Classes include drafting, plan and specification reading, trigonometry and geometry applicable to layout work, the use of computerized equipment, welding, and the principles of heating, air-conditioning, and ventilating systems.

  • Term of Training: Five years of not less than 9,000 hours
  • On-the-Job Training: Minimum of 8,440 hours
  • Paid Related Training: 560 hours of paid related instruction. Classes are scheduled one full day, eight hours, every two weeks during the school year. Apprentices are paid to attend these classes at the same rate of pay as hours worked on the job. Attendance is mandatory
  • Night School Classes: Apprentices are required to attend 275 hours of night school as designated by the Committee, on their own time

Application Materials

Apprentice Application Requirements:

  • Applicants must be at least 17 years of age
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Must take the Accuplacer placement test and score a minimum of Reading 66, Arithmetic 66, Elementary Algebra 33
    OR
    Submit ACT scores from within the last five years meeting minimums of Reading 15, Arithmetic 16, Algebra 14
  • Physically able to perform trade work
  • Valid driver's license or reliable transportation

Contact Information

Dennis Stubbe
E. L. & W. Training Fund Building
650 Tower Drive
Cadott, WI 54727
715-498-1615

Steamfitter

Work Description
Steamfitters assemble, install, alter, and repair pipeline or pipe systems that carry water, steam, compressed air, liquids, and gases required for processing, manufacturing, heating, and cooling. They install piping and tubing made of carbon steel, copper, plastic, glass, or other metals using a variety of processes including brazing, welding, screwing, gluing, bending, and mechanical joints. Work includes installation of heating and cooling equipment and mechanical control systems.

Working Conditions
Steamfitters work in industrial plants, chemical plants, refineries, power plants, waste water treatment plants, hospitals, and most other commercial, industrial, institutional and residential buildings. The indoor or outdoor work requires strenuous physical stamina and working in cramped spaces or in high areas. Steamfitters work in buildings, trenches, roofs, from scaffolding, on ladders and inside tanks. Safety training reduces hazards from exposure to chemicals, gases, fumes, loud noise, and falls from ladders and scaffolds.

Training
Classroom subjects include drafting and blueprint reading, mathematics, applied physics and chemistry, and safety.

  • Five year program
  • 7,500 hours on-the-job training
  • 624 hours paid related instruction
  • 300 hours unpaid related instruction

Application
The applications listed below are for the following Eau Claire Area Counties: Barron, Chippewa, Clark, Dunn, Eau Claire, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, Price, Rusk, St. Croix, Taylor and the northern half of Buffalo, Jackson and Trempealeau.

View application requirements below:

  • Applicant's age shall be as stated in the state employment laws
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Meet required norms on aptitude test (if required)
  • Physically able to perform trade work
  • Valid driver's license or reliable transportation

Contact Information

Robert Ecker
Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards
CVTC Manufacturing Education Center
2320 Alpine Road
Eau Claire, WI 54703

715-874-4627

Mailing Address:
620 W. Clairemont Avenue
Eau Claire, WI 54701-6162

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