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When you’re accepted into a certified apprenticeship program, you receive classroom training from instructors with practical experience, PLUS you get paid while you’re learning on the job! The average apprentice earns $18/hr. to start plus benefits during on the job training. Apprenticeship training lasts 3-5 years depending on the trade. Admission tests are required for most of the trades and candidates with high school courses in general math, algebra, geometry, science and mechanical drawing are the most desirable.


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Building Trades Summer Camp

There is an urgent need for more people to consider a successful and fulfilling career in the construction industry! Over 40% of current workers will be eligible to retire in the next 7-10 years.

The camp will:

  • Host 30 students, 14-17 years old
  • Students earn $12.00/hour + $200 bonus at program completion
  • Six-week program, July 10 – August 16
  • Learn skills in blueprint reading, framing, plumbing, welding, electrical, drywall, cement, brick laying, rigging & lifting, structural steel and industrial machinery
  • Field trips and a community service project
  • Tools and safety equipment provided
  • Held at the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters & Millwrights Training Center
  • in Negaunee on US 41


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Construction Connect U.P.

High school students who will be a high school senior in 2023, enrolled in a certified CTE program and are interested in a career in the union building trades are encouraged to apply for this Earn($) and Learn Program.

Get an outstanding academic education while developing an understanding and the skills and necessary to compete in the construction industry. This collaborative pilot program features real-world workplace situations.

Upper Peninsula Union Apprentice Programs


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A boilermaker is a trained craftsman who produces steel fabrications from plates and sections. They may be blacksmiths, forgers, ship builders, cement workers, stove workers, metal polishers, or numerous other job descriptions, and work on projects as diverse as bridges to blast furnaces to the construction of mining equipment.

Boilermakers Apprenticeship Committee
10154 M-35, Gladstone, MI 49837


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Bricklayer & Craftworkers

Bricklayers work in varied aspects of building, industrial, commercial and residential construction. They build walls, partitions, chimneys and other structural forms from brick, block or other masonry material.  They work with mortar using a trowel.  They also use chisels, joiners, block hammers and powered saws.

Bricklayers JAC
119 S. Front St., Marquette, MI 49855

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Electrical Workers

Electricians must be able to lay out, assemble, install, repair and test entire electrical systems. Along with their electrical training, journeyperson electricians must have a complete working knowledge of blueprint reading and know the National Electric Code and any state or local codes. Electricians must be mechanically inclined, physically fit and enjoy working with mathematical formulas.

Electricians JATC
304 Ave. A, Gwinn, MI 49841

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An ironworker is an important part of the building and construction industry, responsible for performing many duties related to the construction industry. For example: placing steel and post tensioning cables in concrete; erecting framework of steel buildings; installing metal siding and roof decking, fences, guardrails or ornamental and structural elements. It is important to be a certified welder, good burner and layout person and a team player.

Ironworkers JAC
119 S. Front St., Marquette, MI 49855

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Laborers may work in the construction industry or other areas such as paving, concrete work, blasting, demolition and small heavy equipment operation, and act as assistants to other trades. 

Laborers Local 1329
1800 N. US 2, Iron Mountain, MI 49801



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Carpenters are required to have a working knowledge of many things, from building of small residential homes, to the construction of the most complex industrial settings. Their tools are hammers, saws, easers, digital and electronic devices and organizational and communication skills. They saw wood, form concrete, build scaffolds, weld metals, mold plastics, and layout the tallest buildings.  

Millwrights are skilled construction mechanics who study and interpret blueprints and then put their knowledge and expertise to work drilling, welding and bolting in order to have a perfect fit.  Millwrights sometimes work to specifications requiring tolerances to a thousandth of an inch. Millwrights install and do maintenance in factories and do much of the precision work in nuclear power plans.  They also install conveyor systems, giant electrical turbines and generators.

The Carpenters & Millwrights JATC
370 US Hwy 41 E
Negaunee, MI 49866

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Operating Engineers

Operating engineers work on machines that erect bridges, lay sewers and water mains, move construction materials, earth, and other heavy materials and apply asphalt and concrete to roads and other structures. Operating engineers may also be required to set up and inspect equipment, and perform minor repairs.  They are skilled at operating several different types of construction equipment.

Operators Local 324
802 Clark Dr., Gladstone, MI 49837

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Painters & Allied Trades

Apprentices in this union will gain skills for such careers as painters, glaziers, wall coverers, flooring installers, convention and trade show decorators, glassworkers, sign and display workers, asbestos workers/hazmat technicians and drywall finishers.

Painters JAC
707 Clark Dr., Gladstone, MI 49837

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Sheetmetal Workers

Sheet metal work is an extremely varied trade. Sheet metal workers build interior and exterior architectural work, food service kitchen systems, material handling systems, and air handling systems for HVACR systems. Sheet metal workers also install and service mechanical equipment. It is one of the few modern trades in which the skilled individual takes the raw product, interprets the design drawing, develops the pattern, fabricates the items, installs and maintains them.

Sheetmetal Workers JATC
304 Ave. A, Gwinn, MI 49841

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Plumbers & Pipefitters

A plumber is a skilled craftworker who installs and repairs pipe systems that carry water, waste drainage, natural and medical gas in buildings. They join pipes and install fixtures like bathtubs, toilets, dishwashers and water heaters. Often they design these systems or they may work from blueprints and drawings. A pipefitter layouts, fabricates and assembles pipes from drawings, blueprints and specifications. They install and service sophisticated equipment, state of the art controls and piping systems or environmental control systems for a variety of industries and facilities.

UA Plumbers & Pipefitters
2601 N. 30th St., Escanaba, MI 49829


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The Union Carpenters and Millwrights Skilled Training Center

This 33,000-square-foot facility located between Marquette and Negaunee offers apprentice and training opportunities for people interested in becoming carpenters, welders and millwrights, with state-of-the-art equipment. It was developed to train employees for the more than 100,000 unfilled skilled trades jobs in Michigan.

Contact Information

For more information:
visit the Upper Peninsula Construction Council website 
or directly contact the union that provides apprenticeship training.

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