WHAT IS AN APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM?
Apprentices at Midwestern Mechanical, Inc. get paid while they train on-the-job and attend classes. These well trained craftsmen will apply their skills in every facet of the piping industry; from installation, service and repair of plumbing and fire protection systems, to water and gas piping, to installing fixtures in homes and commercial projects.
Apprentices attend classes two days a month for four years (644 hours minimum) while working a minimum of 40 hours per week in the trade; they earn while they learn. Courses run from September through May, and are conveniently scheduled during the day at a Midwestern Mechanical location. Courses are taught by experienced Midwestern Mechanical Journeymen and incorporate theoretical and textbook study with hands-on training.
During the required classroom instruction, apprentices learn how to use, care for, and safely handle the tools and materials used in the trades. They also learn the safety techniques necessary to establish a safe working environment and the protective measures required.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE APPRENTICE:
• Be at the job-site every day, on time, ready, willing and able to work
• Learn what true quality is in the piping industry
• Be productive on the job
• Strive to become a skilled craftsperson at the trade
ADVANTAGES OF A PIPING APPRENTICESHIP:
• Earn while you learn
• Become self-reliant
• College-level earning power upon completion, without the costs of a college education
• Obtain instruction from experienced Journeymen
• Gain respect and recognition from co-workers
• Satisfaction of working with your hands and your mind in an increasingly technilogical and sophisticated industry
• Obtain a license
• Receive training for a career – not just a job
• Varied career opportunities include: Journeyman, Teacher, Foreman, Superintendent, Estimator, Project Manager, etc.
HOW ARE APPRENTICES SELECTED?
Apprentices must be at least 18 years of age. (Applicants having a high school diploma may apply at age 17, but must be age 18 at time of placement into an apprenticeship.)
High school graduate or a high school equivalency (G.E.D.) certificate.