Pre-Apprenticeship Training Class Starts January 2018

Are you interested in a rewarding career in the Building and Construction Trades?

San Mateo County Union Community Alliance and Local Apprenticeship Programs are now offering a certificated, Pre-Apprenticeship Training course that will prepare trainees to enter the construction trades.

The free Trades Introduction Program provides trainees with the skills necessary to successful enter and complete a State-Certified Joint Apprenticeship Training Program, including:

  • Hands-on Training,
  • Reading Blue Prints,
  • An Overview of the Basic, Mechanical and Finish Trades,
  • Ability to Explore What Each Trade Has to Offer,
  • Tools and Materials,
  • First Aid/CPR and OSHA 10 Certification, and
  • Basic Math

Women, Veterans, At Risk Youth and Underserved Populations are encouraged to apply.

To apply, you must attend a mandatory orientation session, which takes place:

Saturday, January 13, 2018, 9 am
IBEW Local 617 Hall
1701 Leslie Street, Sam Mateo

For more information, please call 650.341.7711, or download the TIP Orientation Flyer [PDF].

This program is funded in part by the California Workforce Investment Board / Prop 39, San Mateo County Measure K, United Way of the Bay Area and PG&E

Interested in the Building Trades? Enroll in TIP

BuildFutureThe Trades Introduction Program, TIP San Mateo, offers a free, six month pre-apprenticeship course that will prepare you for a career in the building trades. In cooperation with state certified joint apprenticeship training programs, TIP San Mateo delivers the nationally approved Multi-Craft Core curriculum and prepares trainees to enter a green construction career ladder.

The course will help trainees navigate the construction sector, offering you exposure to a wide variety of trades and what it takes to choose an appropriate career path for your skills and interests, and prepare you to apply to an apprentice program. Upon completion of the course, graduates will receive a Certificate that will help you compete for a slot in one of the building trades apprenticeship programs.

You must attend the TIP Orientation to qualify for the pre-apprenticeship course.

TIP Orientation
Saturday, January 7, 2017, 9 am Sharp
IBEW Local 617 Union Hall, 1701 Leslie Street, San Mateo

Disadvantaged youth, women, under-served minorities and veterans/people who served in the military are strongly encouraged to apply.

For more information about the TIP Orientation [PDF], please contact Rayna Lehman, 650.341.7711.

TIP Sheet: Plumbers, Sheetmetal, EBMUD Programs

plumbersPlumbers Locals in San Mateo, Alameda and Contra Costa Counties have announced the application periods for their 2017 apprenticeship programs.

Plumbers 342
Alameda and Contra Costa counties
February 6, 2017 through February 10, 2017, 8 am to Noon
UA Local 342 Training Center, 935 Detroit Avenue, Concord, CA 94518

After applying, you will be scheduled to take the mechanical aptitude and math tests. The minimum passing score on the tests is 70% to qualify you for an interview. You are not required to find an employer to sponsor you for plumbing, pipefitting, and welding. You are required to find a sponsor for the HVAC apprenticeship program. Check the Plumbers 342 flyer for more information.

Plumbers 467
San Mateo County
Monday, March 20, 2017 through Thursday, April 6, 2017 (weekdays only), 2 to 4 pm only
1519 Rollins Road, 2nd Floor, Burlingame, California

Please note: only the first 150 applications will be accepted. Bring your TIP Certificate to bypass the math test. For more information about the application process, check out the Plumbers 467 flyer.

Sheetmetal 104 is now offering TIP Graduates direct entry for every 1 in 10 regular indentures! This means once you apply and pass the basic math test, you will be placed in a special ranking order that will increase your chances of apprenticeship.

Applications are accepted on the first and third Tuesday of each month — December 20th, January 3rd and 17th, 2017 — from 8:30 to 8:45 a.m. Testing and applications must be completed in person at 1939 Market Street, San Francisco.

Minimum Qualifications, at the time of application:

  • 18 years of age or older or 17 with a parent or legal guardians signature
  • Photo identification, such as a valid driver’s license, passport, or state issued photo I.D.
  • High School Diploma, transcript, G.E.D. or High School Proficiency test in English translation
  • Physically able to perform the work of the trade

Bring your TIP Certification to be placed on the Direct Entry list. Remember, you must get at least 80% on the math test to pass. For more information, check out the Sheetmetal 104 flyer.

The East Bay Municipal Utility District is hiring an Electrical Technician to maintain, repair, and install electrical and electronic circuits, motors, controls and equipment used in large water distribution systems and wastewater treatment facilities. The minimum requirements are completing journey electrician status, or having similar work experience. Salary range is $7,393 to $8,559 a month.

Read the job description, or apply for the EBMUD position.

TIP Sheet: Painters and Allied Trades

paintersDistrict Council 16, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, is offering 6 months wage credit for TIP Graduates! This means you automatically receive your first eligible raise from the start of your apprenticeship.

You must make an appointment in advance to submit an application. Testing space is limited, so call the Training Center as soon as possible, 510.785.8467, for more information and to schedule an appointment. Be sure to mention that you are a TIP graduate.

  • Drywall Finisher: Wednesday December 14th at 10 am. Starting wage for TIP Grads $24.08 per hour (less union dues and vacation contribution)
  • Painters, Tapers, Highway Stripers: Wednesday December 14th at 10 am. Starting wage for TIP Grads $20.79er hour (less union dues and vacation contribution)
  • Floor Coverers: Tuesday December 13th at 9 am. Starting wage for TIP Grads $25.78 per hour (less union dues and vacation contribution)

All applications and exams are given at 2020 Williams Street, Suite A, San Leandro, CA 94577. For more information about these trades, go to District Council 16 .

TIP Sheet: IBEW Programs

ibew-logoIBEW apprenticeship programs around the Bay Area will be accepting applications for their training programs in January. If you are interested in applying to these IBEW programs, follow these links for more information:

  • IBEW 332, Santa Clara County, January 4th, 2017, 9 am to Noon
  • IBEW 595, Alameda County, January 27th 2017, 8 am to 4 pm
  • IBEW 551, North Bay, January 4th, 2017, 1 to 4:30 pm
  • IBEW 180, Solano-Napa Counties, December 12th & 14th, and January 9th & 11th, from 1 to4 pm

TIP Sheet for November 2016

power_plantPG&E Power Pathways has scheduled two opportunities for additional training in electrical power systems.

Oakland | Cypress Mandela

  • The free training sessions are 16 weeks long and classes are held each weekday from 7am to 3:30pm. Go to Cypress Mandela for more information, or register online for the next orientation session, Thursday, December 15, 2016, at 8:30 a.m., at the Caldrons Auditorium,  111 Grand Ave. Oakland.

College of San Mateo

  • The program is four semesters long. Classes are offered during the day, usually between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m., and in the evening, from 6 and 10 p.m. The program cost $46 per unit, plus college fees, books and supplies. Course textbooks run about $125/class; notebooks, writing materials, and a scientific calculator will run about $50. For more information, go to the College of San Mateo, or register online for orientation.
    All orientation sessions are held at 1700 West Hillsdale Boulevard, CSM Building 5, Room 202, San Mateo. The next orientation dates are:

Saturday, November 12, 2016, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Saturday, December 10, 2016, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Saturday, January 7, 2017, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.


TIP Sheet for October 2016

carpentersCarpenters Union Opportunity

The San Mateo County Carpenters’ Union is accepting applications for its Pre-Apprenticeship Program.  This is one of the best opportunities out there to get the training you need to enter their apprenticeship program.

There are only a limited number of spots available, so apply as soon as possible. When applying, you can select “DO3-Pleasanton” as your District Office, and “San Mateo County: as your geographical area.

You can apply online, or you can print and mail the Carpenters Application form to:

Attn: Application Department
Carpenters Training Committee
2350 Santa Rita Road
Pleasanton, CA 94566

For more information on the program, visit the Carpenters’ Union Pre-Apprenticeship Program.

ironworkersFree Ironworkers Class in 2017

The Ironworkers are also accepting applications for their free training class that focuses on developing the skills needed to enter into the reinforcing ironwork industry. These classes, offered through a JATC Training Center, can lead to a local apprenticeship opportunity in your area.

Course Schedule:

February 21 to March 10, 2017
6:30 A.M. TO 3 P.M., Monday through Friday
Ironworkers Training Center

3150 Bayshore Road, Benicia

If you are interested in this three week class, you must call 707-746-7666 by Friday, January 27th, 2017, to reserve a seat for the mandatory class orientation. The orientation takes place on Monday, January 30th, at 4 p.m.

Learn more about the Ironworkers Class [PDF], check out the University of Iron, or go to their FaceBook page.

TIP Sheet: Trade Show Installers Needed

sign-display-logoSign and Display Local 510 may need extra workers for trade show work in San Francisco,  San Jose, Santa Clara, and other locations in the Bay Area. Possible work days are:

  • September 22-23,
  • September 26-30,
  • October 8, and
  • October 10.

Job Description

Installers set up and remove of exhibits, displays, signage, carpets, furniture, pipe and drape for conventions, trade shows, and special events. The Display Installer job requires physically active work in a construction environment.  Extra work is temporary and occasional.


Hourly wage rates for extras are: straight time: $21.86, time and one half: $32.79, double time:
$43.72, less $1.00 per hour administrative check-off. Each employer pays weekly regardless of hours worked. You will not be paid at layoff. Your paycheck will be mailed to you after the end of the weekly pay period.

Checking for Work

To check for work, call the message line at 415.468.7289. The more often you check it, the better your chances of getting work. The message is usually updated around 4 p.m. when there is work. Emergency dispatches occur most often between 8:30 and 9:30 in the morning, but could happen at any time.

You can also check for updates on the Local 510 website. The web page includes a long-term calendar that provides a picture of possible upcoming work.

For more information, please see the Sign-and-Display flyer.

TIP Sheet — Ironworkers Training Class

The Ironworkers are offering a free three week training class that could lead to a apprenticeship. If you are interested, you must RSVP by Friday, September 9th, 5 p.m., by calling the Ironworkers at 707.746.7666.

The orientation session is mandatory for those interested in the training class. It takes place Monday, September 12, 4 p.m., at the Ironworkers Training Facility, 3150 Bayshore Road, Benicia.

The three week training class begins on Monday, September 26th at the Ironworkers Training Facility in Benicia. Students must be available to attend class, which runs from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, during the three week course.

The training will focus on developing the skills needed to become an ironworker apprentice. Requirements for the course are:

  • Minimum 18 years of age
  • High School diploma or GED
  • Reliable transportation
  • Ability to lift and carry at least 70 lbs
  • Passing a drug screening

For more information please download the Ironworkers Training Class flyer, or call the Ironworkers at 707.746.7666.