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Construction Apprenticeship Program

The construction industry has developed the most comprehensive and expansive system of apprenticeship programs in the United States.  For many decades, construction companies and labor organizations have directly invested in apprenticeships as a proven workforce development model for recruiting, developing, and retaining highly-productive employees for construction jobs requiring precision and safety.

All apprenticeship jobs or referrals are done through Local 539. If you are unemployed, the local union will find you another job.

HVAC/R Service Apprenticeship Program

Apprentices work in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) trades as well as refrigeration.

An HVAC/R apprentice will learn the basics of refrigeration, heating, plumbing, pipefitting and electrical work and will also learn how to maintain, install and repair various types of equipment used in the industry today.

One year of credit towards the apprenticeship is granted for the completion of the two years of Technical College in HVAC/R.

All apprenticeship jobs or referrals are done through Local 539. If you are unemployed, the local union will find you another job.

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