Pick a trade – With construction, there are many options for you to choose from such as electrical, plumbing, carpentry, HVAC, pipefitting, sheet metal, and sprinkler fitter to name a few. You can find the trade that best fits your interests. Each trade has different requirements such as licensing vs. non-licensing.
Start your apprenticeship – a contractor hires you, and then you enroll in an apprenticeship program. The company may have an inhouse program or you can enroll in the Merit Shop Apprentice Program (MAP) with ABC/MA. Once you start working, on the job learning is considered working experience toward to craft trade. The best part is you get paid while you are learning! MAP can assist you with finding a job by setting up interviews with potential employers. All you need is a high school diploma or GED, OSHA 10 card and a driver’s license. Each apprenticeship program lasts three to five years depending on the trade you pick.
Enroll in trade classes – Next you want to enroll in a training program with a reputable construction school/program such as the Gould Construction Institute (GCI). Click on this link to learn more about our programs. Classes are held at night for your convenience so you can continue to work in the day. Most programs offer classes two nights a week for 3 hours per night. Apprentices can complete their class room hours in typically 4 years.
Additional Instruction/education – Your education and career does not need to end once you complete your apprenticeship program. If you decide you want to move up the career ladder or own your own company, GCI offers career development and continuing ed courses to help you get there. Our partnership with Wentworth Institute of Technology allows GCI apprentices to use their completion certificates to get credit towards an Associate Degree.
If you are interested in how different components come together to make a building work, a job in construction could be right for you. Carpenters, electricians, plumbers, pipefitters and many more trades – construction has it all!