CAREER EXPLORATION & SKILLED TRADES

FIND THE RIGHT CAREER FOR YOU

Career Explorations & Skilled Trades2022-03-07T04:18:59-06:00
NO FOUR-YEAR DEGREE REQUIRED

GREAT CAREERS, NO STUDENT DEBT

The union construction and manufacturing industries can provide you with a high-paying career that pays YOU to learn essential skills. Without taking out a single student loan, each apprentice receives three to five years of thorough classroom instruction and hands-on training, emerging fully equipped to join the Wisconsin workforce. Excitement, challenge, and fulfillment await!

WHY CHOOSE THE SKILLED TRADES?

Your apprenticeship will introduce you to a world with all the following benefits:

  • Transferable Skills

    Acquire skills you can use on the job site, at home, and across the country.

  • Engagement

    No two projects are alike, and there is considerable opportunity for growth.

  • High Pay & Excellent Benefits

    Career paths offer varying wages and benefits, but all average hourly wages in the skilled trades far exceed the Wisconsin average.

    Employer-provided, high-quality health insurance for you and your family. All benefits are provided beyond hourly wages, so they don’t come out of your paycheck.

  • Legacy Building

    By joining the construction industry, you contribute to the technological and infrastructural growth of our cities and our world.

EARN WHILE YOU LEARN FROM TRADE VETERANS

During the day, apprentices work alongside experienced tradespeople, watching and absorbing what they do. Apprentices learn trade basics through technical books and instructors—sometimes at a technical college or union hall—so they have the foundational knowledge to apply while on the job. At first, new apprentices may perform simple tasks on the job site, but as apprentices gain knowledge and experience, they are given more advanced responsibilities of the trade while still learning from a qualified mentor.

AVERAGE COLLEGE STUDENT
  • Student Loan Debt: $37K+

  • Paid to Learn: $0 per hour
  • Average Starting Salary: $50K
AVERAGE UNION APPRENTICE
  • Student Loan Debt: $0
  • Paid to Learn: $26.28 per hour*
  • Starting Salary: $25.7K – $42.8K**

*Not all locations offer classroom compensation

**Average salary range takes all trades into consideration

WHICH TRADE IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

Learn the skills, education, training, and pay for common trades.

BRICKLAYERS

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CARPENTERS
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CEMENT MASONS

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CONSTRUCTION LABORERS

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ELECTRICIANS

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FLOOR LAYERS

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IRON WORKERS

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MILLWRIGHTS

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OPERATING ENGINEER

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PAINTERS

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PILE DRIVERS

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PLASTERERS

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PLUMBERS

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SHEET METAL WORKERS

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SPRINKLER FITTERS

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STEAMFITTERS

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TILE SETTERS

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ALREADY A NON-UNION TRADESPERSON?

MAKE THE SWITCH

All the following advantages await you in unionized labor: guaranteed compensation, better benefits (above and beyond your hourly wage), safe working conditions, recognition for your work, and job security. You will also enjoy a richer on-the-job atmosphere due to the special bond between labor and management.

Ready to continue your career in a union? Get started with WRTP | BIG STEP today!

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