We Build Construction Trade Professionals
Northwest Indiana wasn't built from behind a desk. It took the hands of countless hard-working men and women to build the vast industrial complexes, commercial districts, residential neighborhoods, interstates, highways, and transportation systems that define the region. As our economy continues to grow and our infrastructure ages, construction and maintenance projects here in northwest Indiana flourish. This presents lucrative opportunities for those interested in pursuing a career in construction industry.
We encourage you to explore the different crafts and find out which trade career is right for you. You will find that each craft performs work that is highly technical and extremely specialized. All trade careers are built on a solid foundation of classroom education and on-the-job training. This is commonly referred to as an apprenticeship.
What is a "21st Century" Registered Apprenticeship?
The United States Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship defines Registered Apprenticeship as a “unique, flexible training system which combines job related technical instruction with structured on-the-job learning experiences”. Most apprentices begin employment day one, with incremental wage increases as they advance and become more proficient on the job. Construction apprenticeship programs range from 3 – 5 years in length.
Similar to a college internship or residency, success is realized through hard work and perseverance. Advancement is achieved through demonstrated proficiencies in both academic and field performance. Most apprentice training courses are tuition free. Once the apprenticeship period is completed and the student passes all of the required coursework, he or she will have the technical skills necessary to be recognized as a master craft professional. Most students will even receive a college degree upon successful completion of the apprenticeship program.
The work of a skilled construction professional is often physically demanding. Apprentices and trade professionals can expect to do a sizable amount of lifting, climbing, and crouching. Working in confined spaces, extreme heat, sub-freezing temperatures, or working at excessive heights is typical for a construction professional. Every apprenticeship program thoroughly trains students in safety and accident prevention. In fact, Northwest Indiana's professional construction industry has nearly 15 times fewer accidents than the national rate according to a 2019 study.
Apprenticeship programs are not for everyone. Admittance into an apprenticeship can be difficult, applicants must be determined. Only select individuals who demonstrate the special blend of both academic and mechanical aptitude will qualify. Only the best applicants are accepted!
Do you possess the drive, perseverance, and commitment it takes to be the best of the best?
If the answer is YES… browse through the individual craft trades to see which career is right for you.