Advance Your Future

Research training programs that inspire and motivate YOU – programs that align with your interests and skills – programs with your success in mind!
If you’re interested, you can find apprenticeship and internship opportunities – and their requirements – offered by unions, trade schools and other construction industry organizations across Oregon, designed to suit your interests, budget, location and schedule.

HERE’S A QUICK GUIDE:

1An apprenticeship is basically paid skills training, usually through a trade union. Trade school and organizations not affiliated directly with a union also offer similar training, though it might be unpaid or require a fee or tuition.

2Apprenticeship programs are intensive, combining some classroom study with mostly on-the-job, real-world, hands-on training at an actual construction job site. You’ll work side-by-side with a seasoned professional (or a journeyman, in construction lingo), who will supervise your work, teach you the necessary skills, and educate you about safety and other rules of the job site.

3Paid or not, apprenticeships require you to have a high school diploma or GED; you can certainly go to college and even earn a degree, but it’s not required. We’ve heard from a lot of young adults in apprenticeship programs who are thrilled that they don’t need a college degree to achieve a high-paying, highly satisfying career.

4Some sort of construction industry experience is helpful, as apprenticeships attract a lot of students (and adults) looking for career skills. Woodshop and related classes and after-school programs, summer internships, serving as a laborer or helper on a construction crew, and other experiences go a long way to getting accepted into one of these programs

5Decide on a construction trade you want to pursue as a career before you apply for a specific apprenticeship program to learn the required skills.

APPRENTICESHIP OPTIONS:

Architect

Job: Architects design detailed plans and specifications to build, restore and conserve buildings. They are involved in construction projects from the earliest stages right through to completion.

Training:

Architects must be licensed and complete a professional degree in architecture.

Boilermakers

Job: A boilermaker fabricates steel, iron, or copper into boilers and other large containers intended to hold hot gas or liquid, as well as maintains and repairs boilers and boiler systems

Training:

Union: Southern Oregon Boiler Operators JATC Area: 4, 5

Carpenter

Job: Carpenters construct, erect, install, and repair structures and fixtures made from wood, steel and other materials. They are involved in many different kinds of construction such as: Millwrights, Piledrivers, Scaffold erectors, Tradeshow Workers, and Exterior/ Interior Specialists

Training:

Union: Oregon SW Washington Carpenters JATC Phone: 503-287-3708 Email: training@pnci.org Website: www.pnci.org Area: Statewid

Non-Union: Oregon/Columbia Carpenters JATC Phone: 503-256-7300 Email: info@nwoc.com Website: www.nwcoc.com Area: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 & 7

Drywall Installer/ Finisher

Job: Drywall installers cut and hang panels of wallboard to the framework of a building, prepare panels by taping and finishing joints. They work with ceiling tile installers to hang ceiling tiles and create suspended ceilings.

Training:

Union: OR & SW-WA Drywall Finishers JATC Phone: 503-287-4856 Website: https://www.rtctraining.org Area: 1, 2, 3 & 4

Union: OR SW Washington Carpenters JATC Phone: 503-287-3708 Website: www.pnci.org

Electrician

Job: Electricians install and maintain all of the electrical and power systems, wiring and control equipment for our homes, businesses, and factories.

Training:

Union: Limited Energy Technicians JATC Phone: 503-262-9991 x5059 Website: www.nietc.org Area: 1, 6
Non-Union: Limited Energy Electrician JATC Phone: 503-598-7789 Website: www.iecoregon.org Area: 1, 6
Non-Union: Protective Signaling JATC Area: 1
Mixed: Mid-Willamette Industrial TATC Area: 2
Union: Central Electrical JATC Area: 1, 2, 3, 7
Mixed: Southern Willamette-Valley Ltd Energy Electrical JATC Area: 3, 4, 5
Union: Crater Lake Electrical JATC Area: 4, 5 & 7
Non-Union: Central OR Ltd Energy Electrical JATC Area: 7

Elevator Installer/ Mechanic

Job: Assemble, install, maintain and repair electric or hydraulic freight or passenger elevators, escalators, dumbwaiters, or moving walkways in new and existing buildings.

Training:

Union: OR-SW-WA Elevator Industry JATC Area: Statewide

Flooring Installer

Job: Install, replace and repair all types of carpets, plastic laminates, and other decorative coverings in commercial buildings, airplanes, ships, pools, automobiles and athletic fields.

Training:

Union: OR & SW-WA Floor Covering JATC Area: Statewide

Glazier/window installer

Job: Glaziers, architectural metal and glass workers fabricate, fit and install framing systems and plateglass windows, skylights, mirrors, store fronts, facades and specialty glass in commercial and residential buildings.

Training:

Union: OR SW-WA Glaziers, Architectural Metal & Glassworker JATC Phone: 503-491-7359 Website: www.mhcc.edu/GlassWorkers Area: 1, 2, 3

Ironworker

Job: Ironworkers erect the structural framework for high rise buildings, bridges, power plants and towers. They place reinforcing steel in concrete forms for roadways, foundations and structures.

Training:

Union: Pacific NW Ironworker & Employer JATC Area: Statewide

Laborer

Job: Skilled/unskilled, laborers prep worksites, load/ loading building materials, run equipment, set up scaffolding and are essential to highway construction, building, and environmental remediation.

Training:

Union: Oregon Laborers JATC Phone: (541) 740-4753 Website: www.oregonlaborers.com Area: Statewide

Non-Union: Oregon Columbia Laborers JATC Phone: 503-256-7300 or 1-800-309-1442 Website: www.nwcoc.com Area: Statewide

Masonry Trades (multiple)

Job: Masonry trades are bricklayers, they set marble, slate and tile, terrazzo and are finishers who use concrete blocks, bricks, manmade or natural stone to build fences, walls, walkways, and more.

Training:

Union: Oregon SW-WA Mason Trades JATC Phone: 503-234-3781 Website: www.bac1or.org Area: Statewide/Area 1: Caulker

Union: Oregon Columbia Masons TATC Phone: 503-256-7300 Website: www.nwcoc.com Area: 1, 2, 3, 7, Bricklayer. Area: 1, 2, 3, 7, Cement Mason

Union: Oregon & SW-WA Cement Masons JATC Area: Statewide

Millwright

Job: Millwrights are mechanics who install, dismantle, repair, reassemble, and move machinery, conveyor systems, escalators, giant electrical turbines and generators in factories, power plants, and construction sites.

Training:

Union: OR SW Washington Carpenters JATC Portland: 503-287-3708 Email: training@pnci.org Website: www.pnci.org/index.lasso Area: Statewide

OPERATING ENGINEER

Job: Operating and Technical Engineers operate bulldozers, motor graders, backhoes, paving machinery and cranes that build highways and site infrastructure. They work mines, dig wells, survey sites, pave and grind roads, drill and hoist steel and slabs.

Training:

Union: OR SW-WA IUOE LOCAL #701
Phone: 503-650-7701
Website: www.oetraining.org
Area: Statewide
Non-Union: OR/Columbia Heavy Equip Operator JATC
Phone: 503-256-7300 or 1-800-309-1442
Website: www.nwcoc.com
Area: Statewide
Non-Union: Knife River Oregon JAC
Phone: 541-928-6491
Website: www.kniferiver.com
Area 1, 2, 3, 4 & 7

Painting & Wall Covering

Job: Painters prepare wood, masonry, drywall, plaster, concrete, metal surfaces prior to the application of paint, high performance coatings, waterproofing, fireproofing and decorative finishes in residential and commercial, marine, industrial and bridge settings.

Training:

Union: Oregon & SW Washington Painters JATC
Portland: 503-287-4856
Website: www.rtctraining.org
Area: Statewide. Area 1 Traffic Control Painter

PLASTERERS AND STUCCO MASONS

Job: Plasterers apply plaster on masonry, metal and wire lath (stucco) or gypsum to finish interior walls and ceilings of residential and commercial buildings.

Training:

Union: The Plasterers Local 82
Area: Statewide

PLUMBERS / STEAMFITTERS / PIPEFITTER

Job: Plumbers install and repair water supply lines, waste disposal systems, and related appliances and fixtures Steamfitters assemble and install pipe to carry water,steam, compressed air, gases, etc. HVAC/refrigeration techs install, maintain and service refrigeration, heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems. PIPEFITTERS grade trenches and culverts to lay pipe for storm, sewers, drains, and water mains.

Training:


Union: OR SW-WA NW-CA Plumbers and Steamfitters JATC
Tualatin: 503-691-1997
Website: www.ua290.org
Area: Statewide
Non-Union: Mid-Valley Steamfitters/Pipefitters JATC
Area: 1 & 2

ROOFER

Job: Roofers and Waterproofers install, replace, and repair roofs, waterproofing and air barrier systems of buildings using shingles, slate, asphalt, aluminum, wood, or related drainage materials.

Training:


Union: OR/SW-WA Roofers & Waterproofers JATC
Phone: 503-546-4235
Website: www.orswroofersapp.com
Area: Statewide

SHEET METAL /HVAC WORKER

Job: Sheet metal/HAVC workers fabricate and install fittings and duct work for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems in residential, commercial and industrial applications.

Training:


Union: OR SW-WA NW-CA Steamfitters JATC
Toll Free: 800-452-2912
Website: www.ua290.org
Area: Statewide
Union: Portland Sheet Metal Worker JATC
Phone: 503-257-1022
Website: www.sheetmetal-16.org
Areas: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7
Non-Union: Mid-Valley Sheet Metal Workers JAC
Area: 1 & 2
Non-Union: Area III Sheet Metal/HVAC Env Sys JATC
Area: 3, 4 & 7
Non-Union: South Central Oregon Sheet Metal JATC
Area: 5

WALL & CEILING CONSTRUCTION

Job: Wall and Ceiling Contractors hire carpenters, plasterers, drywall finishers, laborers, estimators, and project managers to frame walls, hang drywall, paint, and design walls and ceiling using stucco, venetian plaster and other beautiful finishing materials.

Training:


Union: Associated Wall & Ceiling Contractors
Phone: 503-295-0333
Website: http://www.awcco.org
Area: Statewide