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Apprenticeships give you access to careers that are typically unavailable to those without experience, and build 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.

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Eau Claire, WI 54703

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Data Analyst

Work Description
The primary role of a Data Analyst is to collect and organize data to provide business insight. Data analysts are typically involved with selecting, integrating, querying, and aggregating data, and conducting a range of analytical studies on that data. They work across a variety of projects, providing technical data solutions to a range of stakeholders/customers issues. They document and report the results of data analysis activities to improve business performance. They have a good understanding of data structures, database systems, and data processing and manipulation skills using analytical tools to undertake a range of different types of analyses.

Working Conditions
They typically work full-time and may work in the evenings and weekends.

Training

  • 2 year training program
  • 4,000 hours of on-the-job training
  • 360 hours of related instruction

Application Requirements

  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Employer sponsorship & Wisconsin BAS signed contract
  • Able to perform assigned job duties and tasks

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

Application Requirements

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age
  • 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
  • Be physically able to perform the work with reasonable accommodations
  • Travel out of state for extended periods of time

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 Requirements

  • 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
 

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Industrial Manufacturing Technician

Work Description
Industrial manufacturing technician apprentices operate industrial production related equipment, work with manufacturing related tools, and perform work processes related to a wide variety of manufacturing setting.  Industrial manufacturing technician apprentices will learn to set up, operate, monitor, and control production equipment. They will also help improve manufacturing processes and schedules to meet customer requirements. This apprenticeship training program combines on-the-job learning with related instruction in a classroom to prepare apprentices for journey level work after they complete the program.

Working Conditions
Today, most modern industrial facilities are relatively clean, well lit, and ventilated. They must be able to stand for long periods of time and work in cramped or uncomfortable positions and on ladders and lifts. They often work with their hands above their heads, in confined spaces and in a variety of conditions and temperatures, both hot and cold.  Working around machines and equipment and with high voltage presents certain dangers. Technicians must vigilantly follow safety precautions, and wear personal protective equipment.

Training

  • 1.5 year training program
  • 2,736 hours of on-the-job training
  • 264 (8 credits) of related instruction

Application Requirements

  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Employer sponsorship & Wisconsin BAS signed contract
  • Able to perform assigned job duties and tasks
  • Mechanical ability and aptitude as determined by employer assessment practices

IT Service Desk

Work Description
Responsible for fielding incoming technical support communications and tickets, troubleshooting issues, communicating over the phone, email, live online chat, and resolving help inquiries. The job includes working with customers and internal teams to process incoming customer contacts, triaging customer issues, solving issues and escalating issues.

Working Conditions
They typically work full-time and may work in the evenings and weekends.

Training

  • 1 year training program
  • 2,000 hours of on-the-job training
  • 144 of related instruction

Application Requirements

  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Employer sponsorship & Wisconsin BAS signed contract
  • Able to perform assigned job duties and tasks

IT Software Developer

Work Description
Software Developers develop, create, and modify general computer applications software or specialized utility programs.  Analyze user needs and develop software solutions.  Design software or customize software for client use with the air of optimizing operational efficiency.  May analyze and design databases within an application are, working individually or coordinating database development as part of a team.

Working Conditions
They typically work full-time and may work in the evenings and weekends.

Training

  • 2 year training program
  • 4,035 hours of on-the-job training
  • 360 of related instruction

Application Requirements

  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Employer sponsorship & Wisconsin BAS signed contract
  • Able to perform assigned job duties and tasks

Maintenance Mechanic

Work Description
Maintenance mechanics, millwrights, and machine repairers fabricate, install, dismantle, or move machinery and heavy equipment according to layout plans, blueprints, or other drawings. They keep machines, mechanical equipment, or the structure of an establishment in repair. They assemble, install and set equipment such as shafting, motors, generators, air compressors and conveyors using hand and power tools. They align machines and equipment using manual hoists, jacks, and hand tools. Duties may involve pipefitting, boiler making, insulating, welding, machining, carpentry, repairing electrical or mechanical equipment, installing, aligning and balancing new equipment, and repairing buildings, floors and stairs.

Working Conditions
Maintenance mechanics, millwrights, and machine repairers employed in manufacturing often work in a factory setting either inside or outside in all weather conditions. They must work at heights, in awkward positions, confined spaces, and areas where there may be risks. They use protective equipment to avoid common hazards; such as: safety belts, protective glasses and hard hats.

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

  • Four year training program
  • 8,000 hours of on-the-job training
  • 1,032 hours paid related instruction
  • Apprentice must complete Red Cross First Aid, CPR, and Transition-to-Trainer Courses

Application Requirements

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age
  • Entry requirements vary by employer
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Physically able to perform trade
  • Applicants apply directly to participating employers

Mechatronics Technician

Work Description
This occupation requires combined knowledge of electrical, electronic and mechanical systems used in industrial plants. Workers frequently support automation and robotic technologies. Work processes include installing, repairing, and maintaining equipment/devices. Troubleshooting systems involved in manufacturing and process control are critical requirements for workers in these occupations.

Workers typically operate and debug, industrial computer and communication systems including PLC’s, PCs, and HMI technologies. Workers machine metal and other materials; fabricate parts and weld/join components. Documenting work performed, maintaining accurate records, and working in a collaborative environment are critical interpersonal skills. Employees in some, but not all plants, support facilities, utilities and grounds. More information can be found in the Occupational Outlook Handbook at www.bls.gov.

Training

  • Five year apprenticeship under the hybrid model of both time-based and competency-based
  • 10,000 hours on-the-job training
  • 864 hours of related instruction completed in three years
  • Complete Transition to Trainer course in the final year

Mold Maker

Work Description
Mold Makers make and repair molds used to make plastic injected parts. Mold Makers often use manual and CNC machine to make molds that will then be used to mass produce plastic parts.

Working Conditions
Mold makers usually work in tool rooms. These areas are quieter than the production floor because there are fewer machines in use at one time. They wear protective equipment; such as, safety glasses to shield against bits of flying metal and earplugs to protect against noise. They spend much of the day on their feet and may do moderately heavy lifting.

Training

  • Five year training program
  • 10,400 hours on-the-job training
  • 576 hours paid related instruction

Application Requirements

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age
  • Entry requirements vary by employer
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Physically able to perform trade
  • Applicants apply directly to participating employers
 

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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.

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// Plumber apprentice application

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.

Work 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.

  • Five years of not less than 8,000 hours
  • Minimum of 7,428 hours on-the-job 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.
  • Apprentices are required to attend 260 hours of unpaid night school instruction as designated by the Committee, on their own time.
  • 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.
  • Upon completion of work and school requirements, the apprentice plumber is eligible to apply to write the State of Wisconsin journeyman plumbing exam.

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 Accuplacer Placement test or qualifying ACT scores. Accuplacer scores must meet minimum requirements of Reading 66, Arithmetic 66, Elementary Algebra 33. ACT minimum scores of Math 15 and Reading 16 within the last five years.

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.

  • Five year of not less than 9,000 hours
  • Minimum of 8,440 hours on-the-job 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
  • Apprentices are required to attend 275 hours of unpaid night school instruction as designated by the Committee, on their own time

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 and Math 16.
  • Physically able to perform trade work
  • Valid driver's license or reliable transportation
 

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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.

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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.

Work 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 Requirements
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.

  • Applicant's age shall be as stated in the state employment laws
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Meet required norms on Accuplacer test of Reading 74, Arithmetic 66, and Algebra 33 OR ACT of Math 17 and Reading 17 within the last five years.
  • Physically able to perform trade work
  • Valid driver's license or reliable transportation

Welder-Fabricator

Work Description
The duties of Welder-Fabricators include, but are not limited to:

Working Conditions
Welder-Fabricators work mostly indoors in manufacturing plants. Conditions vary by plant and industry. Welding may be performed while standing, stooping, or bending in a designated area, confined space, or high off the ground. Fabricating and assembling may require standing for long periods. Welding, fabricating, and cutting often pose hazards, such as intense heat and light, and fumes and fine particles. Following safety procedures, such as wearing personal protective equipment and working in well ventilated areas, is critical. Work hours are full-time and may include evenings and weekends.

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

  • Four year training program
  • 7560 hours on-the-job training
  • 440 hours paid related instruction

Application Requirements
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.

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age
  • Entry requirements vary by employer
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Physically able to perform trade work
  • Applicants apply directly to participating employers