Our apprenticeship spotlight series continues this week in Southeast Ohio.
Like we shared last month, apprenticeship opportunities are popping up all over the state and the Southeast region is no exception. If you’re in the market for an exciting career, keep reading. There’s more than one opportunity waiting for you.
Given the countless opportunities available, it’s understandable that many entering the construction industry are uncertain about the route they want to take. Selecting one skilled trade can be daunting and feel so final, especially when training is only just beginning. For those who dream of working in the industry but aren’t set on one specific specialty, a Laborer apprenticeship is the way to go.
Laborers are involved in essentially every aspect of every construction project, from start to finish. They do everything from roadway repair to building construction, gas line installation to hazardous waste cleanup and more, sometimes working a one-off day job and other times supporting a multi-year project. Given the breadth of work, training is alongside an experienced Laborer, also known as a journeyman.
Ohio Laborers’ Training and Apprenticeship Program, the training organization within the Laborers’ District Council of Ohio and Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA), is currently accepting new apprentice applications. Apply here now.
While we appreciate the wide range of opportunities available for a Laborer, for those that have a clear vision for their career, we recommend taking a more specialized route. And in Southeast Ohio, there is no shortage of in-need specialties.
Perhaps a role as a Pipefitter fits your career goals. A Pipefitter focuses on mechanical piping systems, taking care of everything from the initial installation to everyday repairs.
The United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the United States and Canada represents the current workforce and trains the next generation of workers, including their Cambridge, Marietta and Portsmouth branches. We encourage all those interested in a career in plumbing and Pipefitting to take part in their apprenticeship program. It’s been proven effective for decades. Their joint apprenticeship program was the first program nationally recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor in 1936. Today, the five-year program prepares people for a career path with thorough classroom, workshop and on-the-job training. Request more information here.
If plumbing isn’t quite on par with your career plans, there are other apprenticeship routes ready for you. Perhaps handling heavy equipment on the jobsite is more up your alley. If so, consider a career as an Equipment Operator.
Equipment Operators help move materials to and from construction sites. They operate the largest equipment including backhoes, front-end loaders, bulldozers, excavators, grade tractors, and more.
The Local 18 Chapter of Southwest Ohio of the Ohio Operating Engineers organization has thorough training programs to prepare people for a future in operating heavy equipment, from OSHA 10- and 30-hour courses to safety training, as well as specialized equipment training. Their complete four-year training program is actively accepting applications at their Logan Training Site. Apply here now.
Remember, Ohioans, every region is looking for apprentices to learn a trade as they earn a competitive wage. Be on the lookout for opportunities near you on our blog in the upcoming weeks or start your search on our interactive apprenticeship map today.
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