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Apprenticeship Carpentry-Millwright

Program Information

The work of the Millwright involves installing conveyor systems, escalators, giant electrical turbines and generators. Millwrights install and do maintenance on machinery in factories and do much of the precision work in nuclear power plants. Millwrights are skilled construction mechanics who study and interpret blueprints, and then put their knowledge and expertise to work drilling, welding, bolting and doing whatever else is necessary to assure that the cogs of industry are in perfect working order.

The Apprenticeship Training Program for Millwrights is a five-year program. The apprentice must furnish his/her own tools and be working as an indentured apprentice. Employment within the trade depends upon available work in the industry and a willingness to work.

Apprentices are also required to attend daytime college credit related and supplemental instruction for two weeks, 40 hours per week, every six months.

Successful completion of the apprenticeship program (1) leads to journeyworker status with the State of California, (2) satisfies major requirements for an associate degree through Santiago Canyon College, and (3) satisfies requirements for a Certificate of Achievement through Santiago Canyon College.

Application Information

In order to indenture into the apprenticeship program (become an apprentice) a person must:
  1. Be at least seventeen (17) years of age. There is no upper age limit.
  2. Have a job offer with an approved contractor. Applicants may wish to contact a Local Union or Training Center (see list below) in advance for information regarding the availability of jobs and prospective contractors who may be in need of an apprentice.
  3. Complete a written application seeking entry into the program.
  4. Obtain a "Letter of Subscription" signed by an approved contractor. A "Letter of Intent" on company letterhead will also suffice in lieu of the "Letter of Subscription."
  5. Return the completed "Letter of Subscription" or "Letter of Intent" to one of the above locations.
  6. Upon indenture, the apprentice will be required to sign an apprenticeship agreement and will receive a copy of the rules and regulations. If the applicant is seventeen (17) years of age, he must have a parent or a guardian sign the apprenticeship agreement.
  7. Register in and attend daytime training classes, in addition to on-the-job training.
  8. Furnish your own hand tools and have reliable transportation to school and work.

Written applications are accepted at the following locations:
Millwright Local Union 1607
3250 E. Shelby Street
Ontario, CA 91764
Whittier Training Center
10015 Rose Hills Road
Whittier, CA 90601-1792

Contact Information

Southwest Carpenters Training Fund
Whittier Training Center
10015 Rose Hills Road
Whittier, CA 90601-1792
562-699-0419  FAX 562-695-4290