Apprenticeship Registration

Due to the high volume of students expected to enroll, we strongly encourage you to get your registration paperwork in by the August 14th deadline.

In addition, schedules will not be posted until most of the registrations have been received and processed. The schedule is based on the number of students for each level and how many instructors are needed to provide proper instruction.

*NEW THIS YEAR* Plumbing and HVAC institute (daytime) classes in Grimes
Every attempt is being made to offer daytime Plumbing & HVAC institute classes in Grimes. Fall session would start in October for Levels 1 & 3 and Winter session would start in February for Levels 2 & 4. Availability for classes will depend on student enrollment numbers. For more information and details about Institute classes, please email Ginny Shindelar or call 515-985.1175. 

Students WILL NOT be allowed to register for school if they are over 90 days behind on their OJT hours. Once hours are submitted they can then register.

Trade Description

Electricians are critical to the construction industry. With jobs ranging from installing, connecting, testing and maintaining electrical systems to lighting homes, running machinery and communications, electricians are essential to our industry and society. 

In this trade, Apprentices will use mathematical and visualization skills to learn how to read blueprints to locate outlets, circuits, panel boards and other equipment while understanding the National Electrical Code as well as state and local building codes. Students will receive intense instruction in safety, math, electrical materials, theory, installation, maintenance and several other areas consistent with the electrical trade.

Future career paths for this trade could include Estimator, Inspector, Trade Instructor, Distribution Manager, Project Manager or Foreman. 

Degree Information

Length of Apprenticeship: 4 years
On-the-job Training: 8,000 Hours
Hours: Apprentices are required to attend 576 hours of related technical instruction during their apprenticeship. Institute (day) classes are held 1 week (24 hours) a month for 4 months, September through December or January through April, in addition to 16 hours per week being online assignments. Instruction involves both classroom and hands-on training.

Trade Curriculum                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Level 1:

.........OSHA 10- Hour Safety
.........Basic Safety
.........Introduction to Construction Math
.........Introduction to Hand Tools
.........Introduction to Power Tools
.........Introduction to Construction Drawings
.........Introduction to Basic Rigging
.........Basic Communication Skills
.........Basic Employ-ability Skills
.........Introduction to Materials Handling
.........Orientation to the Electrical Trade
.........Electrical Safety
.........Introduction to Electrical Circuits
.........Electrical Theory
.........Introduction to the NEC
.........Device Boxes
.........Hand Bending
.........Raceways and Fittings
.........Conductors and Cables
.........Basic Electrical Construction Drawings
.........Residential Electrical Services
.........Electrical Test Equipment 

Level 2:

.........Alternating Current
.........Motors: Theory and Application
.........Electric Lighting
.........Conduit Bending
.........Pull and Junctions Boxes
.........Conductor Installations
.........Cable Tray
.........Conductor Terminations and Splices
.........Grounding and Bonding
.........Circuit Breakers and Fuses
.........Control Systems and Fundamental Concepts

Level 3:

.........Load Calculations- Branch and Feeder Circuits
.........Conductor Selection and Calculations
.........Practical Applications of Lighting
.........Hazardous Locations
.........Overcurrent Protection
.........Distribution Equipment
.........Transformers
.........Commercial Electrical Services
.........Motor Calculations
.........Voice, Data and Video
.........Motor Controls

Level 4:

.........Load Calculations- Feeders and Services
.........Health Care Facilities
.........Standby and Emergency Systems
.........Basic Electronic Theory
.........Fire Alarm Systems
.........Specialty Transformers
.........Advanced Motor Controls
.........HVAC Controls
.........Heat Tracing and Freeze Protection
.........Motor Operation and Maintenance
.........Medium – Voltage Terminations/Splices
.........Special Locations
.........Fundamentals of Crew Leadership


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Trade Description

HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) professionals are responsible for installing, maintaining and repairing heating, cooling and air circulation systems. They can perform many other tasks in this trade as well including electrical, carpentry, welding, piping, sheet metal and information technology (IT.)

The HVAC trade works with a variety of materials and equipment pushing technicians to have strong math skills while possessing the ability to read blueprints and specifications accurately while also following strict safety precautions. Students will receive intense instruction in safety, math, HVAC materials, theory, installation, maintenance, and other areas consistent with the HVAC trade.

Future career paths for this trade could include Estimator, Inspector, Trade Instructor, Distribution Manager, Project Manager or Foreman. 

Degree Information

Length of Apprenticeship: 4 years
On-the-job Training: 8,000 Hours
Hours: Apprentices are required to attend 576 hours of related technical instruction during their apprenticeship. Institute (day) classes are held 1 week (24 hours) a month for 4 months, September through December or January through April, in addition to 16 hours per week being online assignments. Instruction involves both classroom and hands-on training.


Trade Curriculum                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Level 1:

.........OSHA 10- Hour Safety
.........Basic Safety
.........Introduction to Construction Math
.........Introduction to Hand Tools
.........Introduction to Power Tools
.........Introduction to Construction Drawings
.........Introduction to Basic Rigging
.........Basic Communication Skills
.........Basic Employ-ability Skills
.........Introduction to Materials Handling
.........Introduction to HVAC
.........Trade Mathematics
.........Basic Electricity
.........Introduction to Heating
.........Introduction to Cooling
.........Introduction to Air Distribution Systems
.........Basic Copper and Plastic Piping Practices
.........Soldering and Brazing
.........Basic Copper and Steel Piping Practices

Level 2:

.........Alternating Current
.........Compressors
.........Refrigerants and Oils
.........Leak Detection, Evacuation, Recovery and Charging
.........Metering Devices
.........Heat Pumps
.........Basic Maintenance
.........Chimneys, Vents and Flues
.........Sheet Metal Duct Systems
.........Fiberglass and Flexible Duct Systems
.........Commercial Airside Systems
.........Air Quality Equipment
.........Introduction to Hydronic Systems

Level 3:

.........Fasteners, Hardware and Wiring Terminators
.........Control Circuit and Motor Troubleshooting
.........Troubleshooting Cooling
.........Troubleshooting Heat Pumps
.........Troubleshooting Oil Heating
.........Troubleshooting Accessories
.........Zoning, Ductless and Variable Refrigerant Flow Systems
.........Commercial Hydronic Systems
.........Steam Systems
.........Retail Refrigeration System
.........Customer Relations

Level 4:

.........Water Treatment
.........Indoor Air Quality
.........Energy Conservation Equipment
.........Building Management Systems
.........System Air Balancing
.........Construction Drawings and Specifications
.........Heating and Cooling System Design
.........Commercial and Industrial Refrigeration Systems
.........Alternative and Specialized Heating and Cooling Equipment
.........Fundamentals of Crew Leadership



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Trade Description

The plumbing trade requires professionals to be familiar with local ordinances and regulations, mechanical and architectural drawings, mathematics and physics while also possessing the ability to assemble all types of plumbing and piping systems. In this craft, students will understand the different types of plumbing codes as well as receive intense instruction in safety, plumbing materials, theory, installation, maintenance, and several other areas consistent with the plumbing trade.

Future career paths for this trade could include Estimator, Inspector, Trade Instructor, Distribution Manager, Project Manager or Foreman. 

Degree Information

Length of Apprenticeship: 4 years
On-the-job Training: 8,000 Hours
Hours: Apprentices are required to attend 576 hours of related technical instruction during their apprenticeship. Institute (day) classes are held 1 week (24 hours) a month for 4 months, September through December or January through April, in addition to 16 hours per week being online assignments. Instruction involves both classroom and hands-on training.

Trade Curriculum                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Level 1:

.........OSHA 10- Hour Safety
.........Basic Safety
.........Introduction to Construction Math
.........Introduction to Hand Tools
.........Introduction to Power Tools
.........Introduction to Construction Drawings
.........Introduction to Basic Rigging
.........Basic Communication Skills
.........Basic Employ-ability Skills
.........Introduction to Materials Handling
.........Introduction to the Plumbing Profession
.........Plumbing Safety
.........Tools of the Plumbing Trade
.........Introduction to Plumbing Math
.........Introduction to Plumbing Drawings
.........Plastic Pipe and Fittings
.........Copper Pipe and Fittings
.........Cast-iron Pipe and Fittings
.........Carbon Steel Pipe and Fittings
.........Introduction to Plumbing Fixtures
.........Introduction to Drain, Waste and Vent (DWV) Systems
.........Introduction to Water Distribution Systems

Level 2:

.........Plumbing Math II
.........Reading Commercial Drawings
.........Structural Penetrations, Insulation and Fire Stopping
.........Installing and Testing DWV Piping
.........Installing Roof, Floor, and Area Drains
.........Types of Values
.........Installing and Testing Water Supply Piping
.........Installing Fixtures and Valves
.........Basic Electricity
.........Installing Water Heaters
.........Fuel Gas Systems

Level 3:

.........Applied Math
.........Sizing and Protecting the Water Supply System
.........Potable Water Supply Treatment
.........Types of Venting
.........Sizing DWV and Storm Systems
.........Sewage Pumps and Sump Pumps
.........Corrosive-Resistant Waste Piping
.........Compressed Air
.........Service Plumbing

Level 4:

.........Business Principles for Plumbers
.........Fundamentals of Crew Leadership
.........Water Pressure Booster & Recirculation Systems
.........Indirect and Special Waste
.........Hydronic and Solar Heating Systems
.........Codes
.........Private Water Supply Systems
.........Private Waste-Disposal Systems
.........Swimming Pools and Hot Tubs
.........Plumbing for Mobile Homes and Travel Trailers
.........Introduction to Medical Gas and Vacuum Systems




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Trade Description

Sheet Metal professionals design, build and install the duct system that is connected to a building's air conditioning/heating units are create the path for air to follow throughout buildings and structures. These trade professionals must have an understanding of air flow and possess the ability to design, build, and install the duct system with minimal resistance to the flow of air. In this trade, Apprentices will receive intense instruction in safety, math, sheet metal materials, installation, maintenance, and several other areas consistent with the sheet metal trade including HVAC. 

Future career paths for this trade could include Estimator, Inspector, Trade Instructor, Distribution Manager, Project Manager or Foreman. 

Degree Information

Length of Apprenticeship: 4 years
On-the-job Training: 8,000 Hours
Hours: Apprentices are required to attend 576 hours of related technical instruction during their apprenticeship. Institute (day) classes are held 1 week (24 hours) a month for 4 months, September through December or January through April, in addition to 16 hours per week being online assignments. Instruction involves both classroom and hands-on training.

Trade Curriculum                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Level 1:

.........OSHA 10- Hour Safety
.........Basic Safety
.........Introduction to Construction Math
.........Introduction to Hand Tools
.........Introduction to Power Tools
.........Introduction to Construction Drawings
.........Introduction to Basic Rigging
.........Basic Communication Skills
.........Basic Employ-ability Skills
.........Introduction to Materials Handling
.........Introduction to the Sheet Metal Trade
.........Tools of the Trade
.........Introduction to Sheet Metal Layout and Processes
.........Trade Math I
.........Fabrication I: Parallel Line Development
.........Device Boxes
.........Installation of Ductwork
.........Installation of Air Distribution Accessories
.........Insulation
.........Architectural Sheet Metal

Level 2:

.........Trade Math II
.........Plans and Specifications
.........Fabrication II: Radial Line Development
.........Sheet Metal Duct Fabrication Standards
.........Air Properties and Distribution
.........Bend Allowances
.........Soldering
.........Basic Piping Practices
.........Fiberglass Duct

Level 3:

.........Trade Math III: Field Measuring and Fitting
.........Air Systems
.........Principles of Airflow
.........Louvers, Dampers, and Access Doors
.........Comprehensive Plan and Specification Reading
.........Fabrication III: Triangulation
.........Advanced Architectural Sheet Metal

Level 4:

.........Shop Production and Organization
.........Air Testing and Balancing
.........Introduction to Welding, Brazing and Cutting
.........Fume and Exhaust System Design
.........Fabrication IV: Comprehensive Review
.........Introductory Supervisory Skills


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