Apprentice

An Apprentice is a worker who is enrolled in a certified apprenticeship program aimed to learn a trade from a licensed professional by completing hands-on field work and classroom hour requirements. After learning and hour requirements are satisfied, an Apprentice is eligible for a journeyman license to advance their career. Some examples of skilled trades in clean energy that allow apprenticeships are Electricians, Plumbers, Carpenters, HVACR Technicians, and Utility Workers.

Electrician's Apprentice

Electricians install, maintain, and repair electrical power and control systems in homes, businesses, and equipment. Electricians may work with various renewable energy technologies such as solar panels and wind turbines to ensure an electrical connection between the technology and electrical power systems.

EXAMPLE SCENARIO

An Apprentice Electrician is completing a concentration program in solar installation and connection to the power grid. The Apprentice Electrician receives one-on-one hands-on training and classroom instruction from a journeyman electrician towards apprenticeship hours. They are connecting solar panels to a residential home for the customer to receive residential solar energy.

TYPICAL TASKS SRC

  • Plan layout and installation of electrical wiring, equipment, or fixtures, based on job specification and local codes.
  • Connect wires to circuit breakers, transformers, or other components.
  • Test electrical systems or continuity of circuits in electrical wiring, equipment, or fixtures, using testing devices such as, ohmmeters, voltmeters, or oscilloscopes, to ensure compatibility and safety of system.
  • Inspect electrical systems, equipment, or components to identify hazards, defects, or the need for adjustment or repair, and to ensure compliance with codes.
  • Diagnose malfunctioning systems, apparatus, or components, using test equipment and hand tools to locate the cause of a breakdown and correct the problem.

EXAMPLE JOB TITLES SRC

Control Electrician, Inside Wireman, Maintenance Electrician, Mechanical Trades Specialist, Qualified Craft Worker Electrician

MEDIAN PAY SRC

Apprenticeships earn a percentage of the salary of the licensed journeyman or master teaching the program. Bottom 10% wage data from BLS.gov: $31,800

EDUCATION & TRAINING LEVEL

GED/High School Diploma, On-the-job Training, Apprenticeship application, Vocational Training (recommended)

WORK EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

None

SKILLS & REQUIREMENTS

Detail Oriented, Dexterity, Physical Stamina and Strength, Analytical Skills, Critical-Thinking Skills, Troubleshooting, Math Skills, Interpersonal Skills, Safety Protocols, Organization Skills, Tool and Equipment Handling

SIMILAR OCCUPATIONS

Construction Workers, Construction Helpers, Field Service Technicians, Maintenance and Repair Workers

Plumber's Apprentice

Plumbers install, maintain, and repair pipe systems used for the movement of liquids and gases. Plumbers may work with solar panel hot water systems, rainwater harvesting systems, and other clean energy technologies.

EXAMPLE SCENARIO

An Apprentice Plumber is assisting in installing a solar hot water heater in a campground bathroom facility. The Apprentice Plumber receives one-on-one hands-on training and classroom instruction from a journeyman plumber towards apprenticeship hours. The solar hot water heater will supply the facility with hot water for campers.

TYPICAL TASKS SRC

  • Assemble pipe sections, tubing, or fittings, using couplings, clamps, screws, bolts, cement, plastic solvent, caulking, or soldering, brazing, or welding.
  • Fill pipes or plumbing fixtures with water or air and observe pressure gauges to detect and locate leaks.
  • Maintain or repair plumbing by replacing defective washers, replacing or mending broken pipes, or opening clogged drains.
  • Locate and mark the position of pipe installations, connections, passage holes, or fixtures in structures.
  • Review blueprints, building codes, or specifications to determine work details or procedures.

EXAMPLE JOB TITLES SRC

Drain Technician, Plumber Gasfitter, Plumbing and Heating Mechanic, Residential Plumber, Service Plumber

MEDIAN PAY SRC

Apprenticeships earn a percentage of the salary of the licensed journeyman or master teaching the program. Bottom 10% wage data from BLS.gov: $30,430

EDUCATION & TRAINING LEVEL

GED/High School Diploma, On-the-job Training, Apprenticeship application, Vocational Training (recommended)

WORK EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

None

SKILLS & REQUIREMENTS

Detail Oriented, Dexterity, Physical Stamina and Strength, Analytical Skills, Critical-Thinking Skills, Troubleshooting, Math Skills, Interpersonal Skills, Safety Protocols, Organization Skills, Tool and Equipment Handling

SIMILAR OCCUPATIONS

Construction Workers, Construction Helpers, Field Service Technicians, Maintenance and Repair Workers

Carpenter's Apprentice

Carpenters construct, repair, and install building frameworks and structures made from wood and other materials. Carpenters may build with recycled materials, follow LEED certified building blueprints, and use other sustainable design and construction techniques.

EXAMPLE SCENARIO

An Apprentice Carpenter recycles unused materials while building a boat house with a carpenter. The Apprentice Carpenter receives one-on-one hands-on training and classroom instruction from a carpenter towards apprenticeship hours. They plan to reuse the recycled material in their next project to decrease waste and save material costs.

TYPICAL TASKS SRC

  • Follow established safety rules and regulations and maintain a safe and clean environment.
  • Study specifications in blueprints, sketches, or building plans to prepare project layout and determine dimensions and materials required.
  • Measure and mark cutting lines on materials and shape or cut specific materials into specified measurements using hand tools, machines, or power saws.
  • Install structures or fixtures such as windows, frames, floorings, trim, or hardware.
  • Select and order materials.

EXAMPLE JOB TITLES SRC

Assembler, Cabinet Maker, Construction Carpenter, Framer, Production Worker

MEDIAN PAY SRC

Apprenticeships earn a percentage of the salary of the licensed journeyman or master teaching the program. Bottom 10% wage data from BLS.gov: $27,070

EDUCATION & TRAINING LEVEL

GED/High School Diploma, On-the-job Training, Apprenticeship application, Vocational Training (recommended)

WORK EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

None

SKILLS & REQUIREMENTS

Detail Oriented, Dexterity, Physical Stamina and Strength, Analytical Skills, Critical-Thinking Skills, Troubleshooting, Math Skills, Interpersonal Skills, Safety Protocols, Organization Skills, Tool and Equipment Handling

SIMILAR OCCUPATIONS

Construction Workers, Construction Helpers, Field Service Technicians, Maintenance and Repair Workers

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVACR) Technician's Apprentice

HVACR Technicians work on various building systems to maintain air quality and temperature control in buildings. HVACR Technicians install energy efficient HVACR systems and retrofit old systems to increase efficiency, install and maintain clean heating and cooling systems such as ground/air source heat pumps, and other technologies.

EXAMPLE SCENARIO

An HVACR Apprentice is assisting a team of technicians to install geothermal heat pumps for a suburban mall plaza. The HVAC Apprentice receives one-on-one hands-on training and classroom instruction from a journeyman HVAC technician towards apprenticeship hours. The project will supply the plaza with a clean heating and cooling system.

TYPICAL TASKS SRC

  • Replace or repair defective equipment, components, or wiring.
  • Troubleshoot heating and cooling system malfunctions and correct them.
  • Repair or service heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems to improve efficiency, such as by changing filters, cleaning ducts, or refilling non-toxic refrigerants.
  • Install, connect, or adjust thermostats, humidistats, timers, or clean heating and cooling systems.
  • Comply with all applicable industry standards, policies, procedures, and study blueprints, design specifications, or manufacturer’s recommendations for system configuration.

EXAMPLE JOB TITLES SRC

A/C Technician, HVAC Installer, HVAC Mechanic, HVAC Service Technician, HVAC Specialist, Systems Mechanic

MEDIAN PAY SRC

Apprenticeships earn a percentage of the salary of the licensed journeyman or master teaching the program. Bottom 10% wage data from BLS.gov: $28,440

EDUCATION & TRAINING LEVEL

GED/High School Diploma, On-the-job Training, Apprenticeship application, Vocational Training (recommended)

WORK EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

None

SKILLS & REQUIREMENTS

Detail Oriented, Dexterity, Physical Stamina and Strength, Analytical Skills, Critical-Thinking Skills, Troubleshooting, Math Skills, Interpersonal Skills, Safety Protocols, Organization Skills, Tool and Equipment Handling

SIMILAR OCCUPATIONS

Construction Workers, Construction Helpers, Field Service Technicians, Maintenance and Repair Workers

Utility Line Worker's Apprentice

Utility Line Workers install and repair electrical power systems connected to the electricity grid. Utility Line Workers connect renewable energy technologies to the electricity power grid and maintains grid systems to ensure consistent electrical supply to customers.

EXAMPLE SCENARIO

An Apprentice Utility Line Worker is assisting a journeyman utility line worker with connecting several wind turbines to the electrical power grid. The Apprentice Utility Line Worker receives one-on-one hands-on training and classroom instruction from a journeyman towards apprenticeship hours. The project will supply the power distributor with enough power to supply forty-thousand regional households.

TYPICAL TASKS SRC

  • Adhere to safety practices and procedures, such as checking equipment regularly and erecting barriers around work areas.
  • Test conductors, according to electrical diagrams and specifications, to identify corresponding conductors and to prevent incorrect connections.
  • Open switches or attach ground devices to remove electrical hazards from disturbed or fallen lines or to facilitate repairs.
  • Identify defective sectionalizing devices, circuit breakers, fuses, voltage regulators, transformers, switches, relays, or wiring, using wiring diagrams and electrical-testing instruments.
  • Install, maintain, and repair electrical distribution and transmission systems, including conduits, cables, wires, and related equipment, such as transformers, circuit breakers, and switches.

EXAMPLE JOB TITLES SRC

Utility Lineman, Electric Lineman, Electrical Line Worker, Power Lineman

MEDIAN PAY SRC

Apprenticeships earn a percentage of the salary of the licensed journeyman or master teaching the program. Bottom 10% wage data from BLS.gov: $36,610

EDUCATION & TRAINING LEVEL

GED/High School Diploma, On-the-job Training, Apprenticeship application, Vocational Training (recommended)

WORK EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

None

SKILLS & REQUIREMENTS

Detail Oriented, Dexterity, Physical Stamina and Strength, Analytical Skills, Critical-Thinking Skills, Troubleshooting, Math Skills, Interpersonal Skills, Safety Protocols, Organization Skills, Tool and Equipment Handling

SIMILAR OCCUPATIONS

Construction Workers, Construction Helpers, Field Service Technicians, Maintenance and Repair Workers