What is an Apprenticeship?

Trade Skills

An apprentice learns the skills of the trade through on the job training, working alongside an experienced journeyperson who passes on the skills that he or she has learned over the years. In addition to the on the job training the apprentice receives related classroom instruction that produces competency and pride that leads to becoming a true craftsman.

Learn and Earn

A great benefit to our apprenticeship program is you earn while you learn. Apprentices start earning a livable wage as soon as they start working. They receive pay advancements throughout their apprenticeship based on performance.


The apprentice is sponsored by the contractor he or she works for and by the Sheet Metal Workers Local Union 312. The apprenticeship program pays for all supplies the international training institute for the sheet metal industry provides all curriculum and books the apprentice pays only for personal tools and school tuition. All apprentices in our program are registered students of the Ogden weber applied technology college.

The Program

This apprenticeship is a 5-year program. All apprentices must complete 900 total classroom related training as well as 8000 hours of on-the-job training. These requirements are part of our Standards of Apprenticeship as registered with the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship.