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BAC APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING PROGRAM

  • Applicants should be in good physical condition and be able to lift at least 50 lbs.at waist height repetitively.
  • All applicants should have a valid MN Driver’s License and/or a reliable form of transportation.

PLACEMENT IN THE APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM

There are the methods used to gain access to our Apprenticeship Program as follows:

1. Pre-Apprenticeship/Pre-Job Training – please click on “Fill Out Application” below to be notified of upcoming trainings

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DETAILS ABOUT THE SIX-WEEK PRE-APPRENTICESHIP/PRE-JOB TRAINING PROGRAM (Not available for PCC & Terrazzo)

In the event of a higher demand for apprentices in a given year, the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (JATC) may opt to conduct a separate training session. This session is referred to as a “Pre-Apprentice Training” or “Pre-Job”.

The Six Week Training Session consists of mostly practical exercises. The intent of this format is to expose potential apprenticeship candidates to the basics of the trade.  The training days run from 7:00AM to 3:30PM, Monday through Friday. Upon successful completion of the Pre-Job training an attempt would be made to find a placement with one of our Signatory Contractors.

The training will also provide a tremendous opportunity to become familiar with conditions that an apprentice may encounter on an actual project site.

There is a $200 cost for the Six Week Training program. Intermittent exams will be conducted to measure learning and skill. Students that complete the program will be granted hours of work experience toward their required hours of On-the-Job Training (OJT) for Apprenticeship.

A few of the topics that will be covered in these six-week programs are listed below:

BRICK – Six Week Training Program

  • Spreading mortar with a trowel
  • Measurement skills, marking placement for several different types/sizes materials such as concrete block, modular brick, and utility brick, building simple masonry structures to the correct length, width and height
  • Professional ethics and apprentice conduct/attitude
  • Project neatness and quality of overall workmanship

TILE – Six Week Training Program

  • Methods of cutting tile, grout and surface, mix mortars, epoxy resins and adhesives
  • Preparation of walls, floors and countertops
  • Professional ethics and apprentices conduct/attitude
  • project neatness and quality of overall workmanship
2. Sponsorship – the procurement of employment with a Signatory Contractor. If an individual finds a contractor that is willing to sponsor them as an Apprentice, that person may begin as a first year apprentice in the Fall semester, A list of Signatory Contractors is available online at https://www.bac1mn-nd.org/bac-local-1-minnesotanorth-dakota/contractors
3. Evaluation – If an individual with previous related trade experience wishes to enter the Apprenticeship Program they may contact a Business Agent at the MN/ND BAC Local 1 (612) 379-2966 www.info@bac1mn-nd.org or have an employer request the written and practical evaluation. From the results of this exam the individual would be credited work experience hours and related training hours if necessary. They would then be placed in the Apprenticeship Program accordingly.

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BRICK THREE YEAR APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM

This program is a three-year program that requires the completion of 6,000 hours of on-the-job training as well as 144 hours per year of related classroom training.

  • The training year runs from the beginning of September through the beginning of May.
  • In order to fulfill the 144 hours of related training requirement students must attend classes one evening every week.
  • The first year training courses concentrate on the development of manual skills such as spreading mortar proficiently with a trowel, measurement skills and layout. This year is approximately 70% practical training, hands-on lying of brick/block; 30% theoretical classroom training.
  • The second year training courses involve the refinement of manual skills with more complex projects such as radius walls, arches, and the use of a variety of materials and patterns. This training is about 70% hands-on and 30% classroom.
  • The third year of training involves blueprint reading, the use of natural stone for both interior and exterior applications, and the study of various anchoring techniques. This year’s courses concentrate more directly on the technical portions of the trade. The third year consists of approximately 60% classroom training and 40% hands-on training.

Apprentices in this program receive OSHA 30 hour safety certification course, the scaffold safety course, PRO-10 and First Aid, AED & CPR Training. We also offer a correspondence course for those who live too far away to attend the metro program.

WHAT WE EXPECT AN APPRENTICE TO LEARN IN ON THE JOB TRAINING

A. Laying of Bricks

B. Pointing & Cleaning

C. Laying Concrete Blocks

D. Precast Panels & Insulation

E. Cutting Brick, Block & Stone

F. Setting Marble or Granite

G. Glass Block & Artificial Stone

Total of 6,000 hours of On-the-Job Training (OJT)

PCC THREE YEAR APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM

This program is a three-year program that requires the completion of 4,500 hours of on the-job-training (OJT) as well as 144 hours of related classroom training.

  • The training year is held January/February, Monday through Friday.
  • In order to fulfill the 144 ours of related training requirement students must attend all scheduled classes.
  • The first year training courses concentrate on the basic developmental skills such as cutting out masonry joints between various masonry materials, precision operation of variety of tools, mixing and preparation of restoration, mortar mixes as well as learning advanced mortar re-pointing techniques. This year is approximately 70% hands-on and 30% classroom.
  • The second year training courses involve advanced caulking skills as well as some basic bricklaying training.  The students will learn to enhance their skills of laying masonry units to the line, building masonry piers as well as arches. This year is approximately 70% hands-on and 30% classroom
  • The third year of training involves more complex masonry bonds as well as new emerging products and techniques in the industry. students will also be exposed to various patching materials and systems. This year is approximately 70% hands-on and 30% classroom.

Apprentices in this program OSHA 30 hour safety certification course, the scaffold safety course, JLG certification, PRO-10, and First Aid, AED and CPR Training. We also offer a correspondence course for those who live too far away to attend the metro program.

WHAT WE EXPECT AN APPRENTICE TO LEARN IN ON-THE-JOB TRAINING

A. Pointing & Re-pointing of Masonry Joints

B. Cleaning Building Exteriors (Pressure Washing & Sandblasting)

C. Repairing & Replacement of Natural & Manufactured Materials

D. Masonry Removal & Replacing

E. Application of Sealants (Caulking)

F. Scaffolding & Rigging

G. Weatherproofing & Waterproofing

H. Patching Masonry Elements

I. Mold Making & Caulking

J. Use & Maintain Tools & Equipment

K. Repairing Concrete

L. Welding Certified

TOTAL OF 4,500 HOURS OF ON-THE-JOB TRAINING REQUIRED

TILE FINISHER TWO YEAR APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM

This program is a two-year program that requires the completion of 4,000 hours of on-the-job (OJT) training as well as 144 hours per year of related classroom training.

  • The training year runs from the beginning of September through the end of May.
  • In order to fulfill the 144 hours of related training requirements students must attend classes one evening every week.
  • The first year training courses concentrates on the development of manual skills such as grouting proficiently with a grout float, measurement skill, and tile cutting. It is approximately 70% practical training, job-site preparation, and 30% theoretical classroom training.
  • The second year training courses involve the refinement of manual skills with more complex projects such as beginning layout and the use of a variety of materials and patterns. This training is about 70% practical and 30% classroom.

Apprentices in this program receive OSHA 30 hour safety certification course, the scaffold safety course, PRO-10 and First Aid, AED and CPR Training.

WHAT TO EXPECT AN APPRENTICE TO LEARN IN ON-THE-JOB TRAINING

A.  Grout & Surface (All Types of Tile & Techniques)

B.  Methods of Cutting Tile

C. Preparation of Walls, Floors & Countertops For Mortar Installation

D. Mix Mortar, Epoxy Resins & Adhesives

E. Handle & Move Job-site Materials from Stock Pile to Point of Installation

F. Clean, Treat & Seal Surfaces (All Techniques)

G. Use & Maintain Tools & Equipment

TOTAL OF 4,000 HOURS OF ON-THE-JOB TRAINING REQUIRED

THE REGISTERED TILE LAYER TWO YEAR APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM

This program is a two-year program that requires the completion of 4,000 hours of on-the-job training as well as 144 hours per year of related classroom training.

  • The training year runs from the beginning of September through the end of May.
  • In order to fulfill the 144 hours of related training requirements students must attend classes on evening every week.
  • The first year training courses involve the refinement of manual skills with the introduction of projects including beginning blueprint reading, layout, safety and the use of variety of materials. This training year is about 70% practical and 30% classroom training.
  • The second year training course involves complex advance blueprint reading, the use of natural stoning, the introduction of more complex projects, complex layouts and a review of all materials old and new. The course concentrates more directly on the technical portion of the trade. The second year consists of approximately 60% classroom and 40% shop training.

Apprentices in this program receive OSHA 30 hour safety certification course, the scaffold safety course PRO-10, and First Aid, AED and CPR Training.

WHAT WE EXPECT AN APPRENTICE TO LEARN IN ON-THE-JOB TRAINING

A. Repair and Patch Tile Work

B. Layout Work & Basics

C. Float, Screed, & Scratch Wall as Preparation (Vertical & Horizontal)

D. Install all other Types of Substrates

E. Work Walls

F. Prepare & Install Showers & Jams

G. Prepare & Install Countertops, Pullman & Sinks

H. Prepare & Install Floors & Steps (All Types) including Precast

I. Work With Tile of All Types in All Applications

J. Prepare & Install Ceilings

K. Prepare & Install Mantels & Hearths, Swimming Pools, Domes, Arches & Columns

L. Clean, Treat & Seal Surfaces Including Waterproofing & Caulking (All Techniques)

M. Grouting  (All Processes)

TOTAL OF 4,000 HOURS OF ON-THE-JOB TRAINING REQUIRED

TERRAZZO FINISHER TWO YEAR APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM

This program is a two-year program that requires the completions of 4, 000 hours of on-the-job training as well as 144 hours per year of related classroom training.

  • The training year runs from the beginning of September through the end of May.
  • In order to fulfill the 144 hours of related training requirements students must attend classes and/or provide correspondence.

Apprentices in this program receive OSHA 30 hour safety certification, blue print reading, forklift operation, PRO-10 and First Aid, AED and CPR Training.

WHAT TO EXPECT AN APPRENTICE TO LEARN IN ON THE JOB TRAINING

A. Basic Math Skills

B. Hand and Power tools including identification, handling, application and care/safety

C. Trade/Labor History

D. Equipment and machinery operation and maintenance

E. Terrazzo Finishing materials and supplies

F. Materials Formulas: mixing procedures, application finishing techniques

G. Clean Up

H. Floor Prep

I. Work process including walls and floors

J. Stone chip handling skills techniques and procedures

K. Terrazzo finishing and sealing techniques

TOTAL OF 4,000 HOURS ON ON-THE-JOB TRAINING REQUIRED