The ABC of Wisconsin Apprenticeship Advisory Committee operates construction apprenticeship training programs, which are recognized by the state Department of Workforce Developmentā€™s Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards.

Apprenticeships are offered in 12 different trades and range from three to five-year programs, which are described on the following pages.

If you would like additional information or have questions, please contact the ABC of Wisconsin office at 608-244-6056.

Carpentry
Length of Apprenticeship
4 Years
Average Skilled Wage Rate:
$30.85 / hour
  • Construct, repair and remodel all aspects of commercial construction – from concrete forms and building framework to exterior and interior finishing.
  • Operate a wide range of professional power tools and precision measurement devices.
  • Read and interpret prints and specification books to coordinate and schedule work with other trades.

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Concrete Finishing
Length of Apprenticeship
3 Years
Average Skilled Wage Rate:
$26.11 / hour
  • Pour and finish concrete surfaces for highways, parking ramps, and commercial and industrial structures.
  • Use high-tech equipment and critical thinking to ensure concrete surfaces meet the desired pitch, depth and alignment.
  • Apply architectural finishes and coatings to the concrete to create a variety of appearances.

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Construction Craft Laborer
Length of Apprenticeship
3 Years
Average Skilled Wage Rate:
$21.85 / hour
  • Perform a wide range of tasks in all areas of construction including highway, commercial and industrial construction.
  • Utilize both general and specialized construction skills for project preparation, demolition, building and clean-up.
  • Operate a range of tools, from basic hand and power tools to light motorized equipment.

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Electrical
Length of Apprenticeship
5 Years
Average Skilled Wage Rate:
$30.19 / hour
  • Design, install, maintain and troubleshoot electrical components and wiring for a variety of systems, from overall power systems and lighting to systems that operate machinery.
  • Utilize logical thinking and math skills to interpret prints and accurately calculate electrical systems.
  • Operate a variety of tools and use the National Electrical Code to comply with safety requirements.

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Heat & Frost Insulating
Length of Apprenticeship
4 Years
Average Skilled Wage Rate:
$30.60 / hour
  • Assemble and repair insulation on industrial equipment, pipes, ductwork and other mechanical systems.
  • Design and fabricate insulation systems to control noise and maintain temperatures on heat exchangers, storage tanks and boilers.
  • Protect outside environments from exposure to hazardous liquids and gases

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Heavy Equipment Operating
Length of Apprenticeship
3 Years
Average Skilled Wage Rate:
$32.10 / hour
  • Operate heavy machinery (such as cranes, bulldozers, excavators and backhoes) used in the construction of roads, bridges and site preparation.
  • Maintain machinery to keep in proper working order.
  • Utilize critical thinking to understand the project and be able to troubleshoot in a variety of changing environments and terrains.

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HVAC
Length of Apprenticeship
5 Years
Average Skilled Wage Rate:
$27.82 / hour
  • Install, maintain and repair heating, ventilating and air-conditioning systems in both residential and commercial locations.
  • Utilize critical thinking to understand and interpret systems and prints, while being able to troubleshoot in the service and maintenance of systems.
  • Solder, braze and weld a variety of materials associated with duct or piping systems.

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Plumbing
Length of Apprenticeship
5 Years
Average Skilled Wage Rate:
$33.05 / hour
  • Design, install and repair piping systems (including those connected to washers, bathtubs, sinks, toilets, and heating and cooling systems) that distribute water and remove waste from buildings.
  • Interpret and understand the Plumbing Code to ensure proper installation and safety.
  • Utilize critical thinking and math skills to interpret prints and troubleshoot in the service of various plumbing systems.

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Roofing
Length of Apprenticeship
4 Years
Average Skilled Wage Rate:
$21.62 / hour
  • Install, repair and renovate residential and commercial roofs using tar, asphalt, gravel, rubber, thermoplastic, metal and shingles.
  • Utilize critical thinking about how to properly inspect, repair and waterproof the roof to prevent leakage after installation.
  • Operate a variety of tools and equipment

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Sprinkler Fitting
Length of Apprenticeship
4 Years
Average Skilled Wage Rate:
$37.85 / hour
  • Design, install, repair, maintain and inspect various types of fire protection systems by working with a variety of pipe and tubing materials, as well as the use of electricity and chemical compounds.
  • Operate a wide range of tools in measuring, cutting and threading of pipe for installation, fitting connections and testing of the system.
  • Interpret and critically think about prints and electrical schematics to meet local and national sprinkler codes.

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Sheet Metal
Length of Apprenticeship
5 Years
Average Skilled Wage Rate:
$28.48 / hour
  • Cut and mold sheets of metal into components for installing heating, ventilation and air distribution systems.
  • Operate computerized fabrication machines such as plasma cutters, brakes, presses and forming rolls to cut, bend, block and form sheet metal.
  • Solve challenging problems with highly technical layouts, prints and specifications using math and critical thinking.

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Steamfitting
Length of Apprenticeship
5 Years
Average Skilled Wage Rate:
$36.50 / hour
  • Install, service and repair pipes and equipment that withstand high pressure for distribution of steam, chemicals, compressed air, fuel or other types of pressure producers in both commercial and industrial projects.
  • Understand and critically think about both the principles of heating and cooling as well as how to interpret prints in installation and service of systems.
  • Solder, braze and weld a variety of materials associated with piping systems.

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Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin
5330 Wall Street
Madison, WI 53718

Phone: 608-244-6056 or 800-829-9926
Fax: 608-244-2401
email: apprenticeship@abcwi.org