Thank you for your interest in the Inland Northwest Associated General Contractors Apprenticeship Program. A career in construction is challenging, diverse and fulfilling, both in terms of personal rewards and monetary benefits.
Before applying, we feel it is important that every applicant fully understand the requirements of the Apprenticeship Program.
APPRENTICESHIP is a means of learning a trade while earning a wage in that trade. The program combines classroom training with actual on-the-job experience. Apprentices begin work at a lesser wage than skilled (journeyman) workers. The rate of pay increases as the apprentice’s skills increase.
The cost to the apprentice for participation in the program is the cost of tuition and tools. Tuition costs at the present time are $500 for Carpenters and $650 for Operators. Tools for Carpenters run approximately $200 to start.
The term of apprenticeship for this program are as follows:
5,200 - 8,000 hours (4 years)
6,000 on-the-job training hours
160 hours per year related instruction
Heavy Equipment Operators:
Applicants selected to take part in the apprenticeship program will receive a combination of OJT hours while employed by various training agents, and related instruction taught by Program Journey Level instructors. The Apprentice must successfully complete both requirements to become a recognized Journeyman.
A Carpenter does framing, layout and inside & outside finishing with building construction. The job requires excellent eyesight, hand-eye coordination, muscular coordination and ability to perform routine repetitive work while remaining mentally and physically alert. At times, the work will be performed while sitting, standing, walking and climbing. Since work is often performed outdoors, Carpenters are exposed to extreme weather conditions. The work may also require the apprentice to be on rotational shifts.
An Operator operates, maintains and repairs many types of heavy construction equipment. The job requires excellent eyesight, hand-eye coordination, muscular coordination and ability to perform routine repetitive work while remaining mentally and physically alert. At times, the work will be performed while sitting, standing, walking and climbing. Since work is often performed outdoors, Operators are exposed to extreme weather conditions. The work is outdoors and can depend on weather, therefore employment is seasonal. The work may also require the apprentice to be on rotational shifts.
The Apprenticeship Program sponsor is located in Spokane, Washington. The apprentice must be able to provide reliable transportation and meet the minimum requirements as identified. The Apprenticeship Program does not reimburse Apprentices for travel expenses. In addition, any classes taken are at the expense of the apprentice, and upon successful completion employer reimbursement may be available.
Minimum Qualifications for Applicants
Age: Shall be 18 years of age at time of application
Education: Must have a High School Diploma or GED
Physical: Must be able to meet needs of trade.
Other: Must have a valid driver’s license and dependable transportation. Must possess or be able to obtain a social security card and/or immigration work permit or green card. Applicants must be able to write and speak the English language proficiently enough to complete the required course of study.
Within 30 days of application being received the applicant shall provide proof for the above listed items. Upon providing the required documents and meeting the minimum evaluation score 45 points or more the applicant will be notified to appear before the Apprenticeship Committee for an interview.
Application Process Included the Following:
Part One: Apprenticeship Application Letter
Part Two: Apprenticeship Application (Maximum of 50 points)
Part Three: Application Questionnaire (Maximum of 10 points)
Part Four: Apprenticeship Interview Questionnaire (Maximum of 40 points)
Parts Two and Three of the application process will be completed during interview process. Upon completion of the interview the applicants will be placed on a list in accordance to their total evaluation points (Maximum evaluation points is 100). The established list will then remain active for a period of two years.
Applicants should be aware that they will be required to take a pre-employment drug test as part of the minimum qualification (registration), a condition of employment and that the employer may also require random drug tests.
The current average hourly rate for beginning apprentices is approximately 60% of the journeyman hourly rate of pay, plus fringe benefits. With satisfactory progress in their training, apprentices will receive wage increases throughout the period of training.