Earn While You Learn

“Earn while you learn” is a unique technique that Local Union 539 offers in its apprenticeship programs. If earning a liveable wage plus healthcare benefits while learning skills in the piping, welding, or HVAC/R industries is something you’re interested in, start here!

Apply for an Apprenticeship

Applications for the apprenticeship program are open for two weeks each year. The applications for the Minneapolis and St. Cloud Area Construction and HVAC/R Service Apprenticeship Programs are taken in January. The specific dates will be posted on our Home Page.

Application Process

You must apply for the apprenticeship program during the two-week application period and meet all of the minimum qualifications (see below). NOTE: Photocopies are NOT provided by the JAC.

  • Bring a photo copy of your High School Diploma. The diploma must be issued by a U.S. state, and we will also accept a state-issued GED. The GED must have been obtained through an approved GED Testing Center recognized by the GED Testing Service. Transcripts for both the high school diploma and GED are acceptable. Copies of diplomas, course completion certificates, or transcripts of course credits for GED, High School, or Technical College must be attached to the application. Proper documentation must be attached for applicant's educational background to be considered.
     
  • If you are applying for the HVAC/R Service Program, in addition to bringing a copy of your high school diploma/GED, you will also need to bring:
    • A photo copy of your driver's license.
    • A completion certificate and transcripts from a two-year technical college HVAC/R program. Transcripts do not have to be certified, but they must have the student's name printed on them and the completion/graduation date.  

All applicants that turn in a complete application with all attachments will be invited to an oral interview where the applicants will be ranked, the person with the most points will be at the top of the list, and as the jobs become available the names will be pulled from the list in descending order.

Applicants will be notified by mail with their ranking number within two weeks of the interview.

Frequently Asked Apprenticeship Questions

Q. What is a Journeyman?
A. A journeyman is a person who has completed an apprenticeship program and has met the required minimum qualifications and standards that pertain to their trade.

Q. Can I get an application for the apprenticeship program at any time?
No, we open application for two weeks out of each year and you can only fill out an application during that time period. See the apprentice applications for the specific dates.

Q. Can you mail an application to me?
No, you must pick up the application in person.

Q. What if I can't find my High School Diploma?
You can usually obtain a copy of your high school transcripts from the school district office that you graduated from.

Q. When are the related training classes?
The classes are held in the evening starting in September and running through April each year. You typically have class two to three nights a week, they starting at 5:30 pm and run 3.5 to 4 hours each night.

Q. What are the qualifications:
For HVAC/R Service applicants
For Construction Pipefitters