In this installment of our Apprenticeship Spotlight series, we move westward toward our Michigan and Indiana borders. Northwest Ohio is known for its rich industrial history, especially when it comes to manufacturing and metals. This brings a slew of opportunities that are unique to the region. Today, we’ll share three active apprenticeship opportunities that have the potential to open the door to a successful career in construction in this region and beyond.
Working as a millwright means a career of exciting, ever-changing responsibilities. Though historically a position that focused on carpentry, modern millwrights get to work with impressive modern equipment.
Millwright often are grouped together with industrial machinery mechanics. But their scope of work is much wider. Construction industry millwrights construct, install, repair, maintain and transport heavy-duty equipment for construction sites.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, a millwright earns an average salary of $58,380 per year. And, when you take the apprenticeship route, you’ll automatically begin earning while you’re training. Right now, Libbey Glass, Inc. in Toledo and American Steel Treating in Perrysburg are looking for new apprentices to join their team. Learn more here.
As the skilled trade title gives away, an ironworker’s expertise is in iron. Though their skilled trade is focused on one material, the role itself is multi-dimensional. They’re an important piece of a work site as they assemble the structures that meet the specifications as outlined by engineering drawings as well as repair and renovate older structures.
An ironworker can expect an average salary of $58,550, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Toledo Area Ironworkers JATC is currently accepting applications for their apprenticeship program at their Local 55 Training Center. Click here to learn how to apply.
Sheet Metal Worker
Sheet metal workers specialize in all things sheet metal, from fabricating to installing to repairing various products and structures. Like we mentioned above, though their job title seems one-dimensional, the types of projects a sheet metal worker takes on is far-reaching.
After apprenticeship training, a person has the technical skills needed to cut, weld, shape, and more to create things like ductwork, furnace casings, and siding. And though sheet metal is the main material in these projects, sheet metal workers must also be adept at working with materials such as plastic and fiberglass.
The average salary of a Sheet Metal Worker, as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, is $53,440. Kick off your career with a thorough training through the Toledo Area Sheet Metal Workers JATC. Their impressive training center in Rossford will prepare you for a lasting, rewarding career.
These are just three potential apprenticeship opportunities in Northwest Ohio that can lay the groundwork for a successful career in construction. Check out our interactive apprenticeship map for even more apprenticeship programs near you. As you’ll see, there are many more skilled trades to choose from.
Stay tuned for our last two apprenticeship spotlights as we wrap up our statewide apprenticeship tour in Western Ohio.