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Apprenticeship programs allow people to earn a decent wage while they learn their trade. Learning a trade gives the apprentice something that mere classroom study does not--bankable career skills he can take with him for the rest of his life. For those in Georgia interested in apprenticeships, there are a variety of options in skilled trades, from manufacturing to construction.
Those interested in electrician work can find apprenticeships through the Atlanta Electrical Joint Apprenticeship Training Council. The AEJATC offers several programs. The main program is the inside wireman apprenticeship, which consists of a five-year program including 8,000 hours of hands-on work and 900 hours in the classroom. The AEJATC also offers a program in voice, data and video electrical technology, usually referred to as "telecom tech." This program requires a three year investment, including 4,800 hours in the field and 480 hours in a classroom. There are also apprenticeship programs for residential wiremen and outside linemen.
Atlanta Electrical Joint Apprenticeship Training Council 6601 Bay Circle Norcross, GA 30071 404-523-5400 6601etc.wordpress.com
Sheet Metal Worker
Aspiring sheet metal workers in Georgia can get career training from the Sheet Metal Workers Joint Apprenticeship Training Council, Local 85. The Sheet Metal Workers International Association trains apprentices in three fields. A heating, ventilation and air conditioning program takes four years of training including field work, classroom training and work in a training shop. The industrial welding program takes four years, the last two of which are spent learning industrial welding processes. The architectural program combines the first two, adding in ornamental welding.
Sheet Metal Workers Joint Apprenticeship Training Council 575 Fair Drive SW Atlanta, GA 30315 404-753-6466 jatc85.org
Pipefitters work with large industrial, commercial and residential piping systems. Those interested in the trade can apply for an apprenticeship through the Plumbers, Pipefitters and Service Technicians Local 72. The apprenticeship requires five years to complete, consisting of five segments a year long each. Each segment requires approximately 1,700 to 2,000 hours of field work alongside 246 hours spent in the classroom. Apprentices in the pipefitters union can select a specialized trade to pursue journeyman status in. Specialized trades include sprinklerfitter, pipefitter, plumber and HVAC.
Plumbers, Pipefitters and Service Technicians Local 72 374 Maynard Terrace SE Atlanta, GA 30316 404-373-5778 ua72.org
The Southeastern Carpenters' Training Trust provides education for aspiring journeyman carpenters throughout Georgia in Augusta, Atlanta, Columbus and Savannah. The trust service the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners. The center trains both carpenters and millwrights in areas such as turbine technology, plasma cutting, stairway construction, exterior finish, interior systems, power tools and scaffold erection. The Trust spends over $100,000,000 each year on training, assuring apprentices a top-notch education in the field of carpentry and milling.
Southeastern Carpenters' Training Trust 40 Telfair Place Savannah, GA 31415-9514 912-341-8941 secarpenter.org
Nicholas Pell began writing professionally in 1995. His features on arts, culture, personal finance and technology have appeared in publications such as "LA Weekly," Salon and Business Insider. Pell holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.