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Merit Apprenticeship Alliance Laborer Apprenticeship in Albany, New York

Skilled Construction Craft Laborer Apprenticeship Program * 2-3 Year Commitment * 4000 Hours of Hands-On OJT; 300 plus Hours Classroom Training * On the Job Training (OJT) * This is a NYSDOL approved apprentice training program that enables the apprentice to earn while they learn. The OJT tasks involve 4000 hours of physical labor on building, highway and heavy construction projects. * Apprentices must be a minimum of 18 years of age and physically capable of performing the required tasks for the trade once trained, including working from ladders, scaffolding, in trenches and in confined spaces, and lifting 50 lbs. * Apprentices will be provided training to perform the following tasks, and other duties as assigned: * Operate hand and power tools of all types: air hammers, earth tampers, cement mixers, small mechanical hoists, surveying and measuring equipment, and a variety of other equipment. * Clean and prepare sites, dig trenches, set braces to support the sides of excavations, erect scaffolding, install form materials, assist with masonry tasks, pipe laying tasks, clean up rubble and debris, handle low level hazardous waste materials and install construction/erosion control fencing. * Dig ditches or trenches, backfill excavations, or compact and level earth to grade specifications, using picks, shovels, pneumatic tampers, or rakes. * Work with asphalt, concrete, assist in tunnel operations, blasting operations, utility construction, and low level hazardous materials PPE and training is provided, * Read plans, instructions, or specifications to determine work activities. * Load, unload, or identify building materials, machinery, or tools and distribute them to the appropriate locations, * Position or dismantle forms for pouring concrete, using saws, hammers, nails or bolts. * Control traffic passing near, in, or around work zones flagger training provided. Wages * Apprentices are employed directly by partner contractors and are assigned to work on both private and public jobs. Wages will range from $15-$17/hr on private jobs to approximately 20 percent more on public jobs. Apprentices benefits are paid directly into the apprentices benefit fund on all hours worked. Most apprentices work approximately 1600 hours per year; apprentices may be laid off over the winter months exact duration varies based on weather, geographic region and market pressures. * Laborers work inside and outside and should be prepared for all weather conditions. Most apprentices work an 8 hour day, Monday through Friday depending on weather and/or jobsite restrictions; some overtime may be available. Travel * Apprentices will be expected to travel one way up to 60 miles to and from the jobsite, contractor office or classroom training location. * Apprentices must have a valid drivers license and be able to provide their own reliable transportation to and from all jobsites and classroom training. Classroom Training * Apprentices must complete 300 hours of related instruction also known as classroom training. Training is provided by the Alliance. Apprentices are not paid to attend school. Training generally is completed during the winter layoff season. Most classes are held Monday to Friday, 8am to 4:30pm; some classes may be held in the evenings or on Saturdays. Attendance is mandatory. Failure to attend related instruction will result in the apprentices termination from the program. Unemployment insurance may be available while in training.

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