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Today’s building and construction trades are not the wood shop of yesteryear. Our paid apprenticeship programs include rigorous academics and advanced training for industry-recognized credentials in more than ten building and construction fields. And our credentials are portable: after your training, you can take them anywhere—even overseas. Many of our apprenticeship programs offer the chance to earn college credits as you train.


As an apprentice you’ll begin earning good wages and receiving benefits (medical, dental, vision, pension, and more) immediately, and you’ll graduate earning more than most recent university grads, with no student debt holding you back. A clear career path for advancement means you’ll always know exactly what you need to do to level-up.


To be eligible to apply to one of NNACA’s apprenticeship programs, you must be at least 18 years old with a high school diploma or G.E.D., though some programs allow for concurrent enrollment in a high school equivalency/G.E.D. program. Because of their hands-on nature, most apprenticeship programs require good physical fitness and excellent manual dexterity and hand-eye coordination. Many require high-level math and analytical skills, or the capacity to learn them quickly.


Each apprenticeship program is unique, and a NNACA representative will work closely with you to determine the best fit for your interests. Browse our available programs below, or contact Dian, trades apprenticeship recruiter, to explore your options.


Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply!



Do I need a high school diploma?

Will I get paid to learn? 

Find answers to these and other frequently asked questions about joining a registered trades apprenticeship program here.


What do bricklayers do?

Bricklayers build walls, chimneys, fireplaces, and other structures made of brick. They also work with concrete and cinder blocks, tile, marble, and terra cotta. Bricklayers can do both construction and maintenance work. In construction, they build walls and partitions in private homes and public buildings. In maintenance, they repair existing structures, such as the brick linings in industrial furnaces, kilns, and fireplaces.



What do Construction Craft Laborers do?

Construction Craft Laborers work on all types of construction projects, from building roads and bridges, to demolishing and cleaning up buildings. Laborers work on solar projects, pipelines, tunnels, and
concrete. They lay pipe for water and sewer systems, place, vibrate, and finish concrete, install traffic control devices, and more.


What do electricians do?

Electricians plan, install and maintain the electrical systems for structures. They install wiring and other electrical components such as breaker boxes, switches, light fixtures and voice, data and video cabling. They must be familiar with local and national codes. Electricians must be carefully trained and safe because they are routinely exposed to hazardous conditions and situations.

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What do elevator constructors do?

Elevator constructors assemble, install and replace elevators, escalators, dumbwaiters, moving walkways and similar equipment in new and old buildings. Elevator constructors also maintain and repair this equipment and modernize older equipment.


What do insulators do?

Insulators apply insulation and protective finishes on high and low-temperature surfaces found in steam plants, on air conditioning units, and on refrigeration equipment. Typical job locations are refineries, powerhouses, food processing plants, high-rise buildings, hospitals, and schools. During their apprenticeship, apprentices become proficient at industrial lagging, blueprint reading, fabrication and application of industry products.


What do ironworkers do?

Structural ironworkers move and install large girders and beams on bridges and building frames.

Ornamental ironworkers install pre-constructed materials on elevators, stairways, and balconies.

Reinforcing ironworkers strengthen the concrete in walls, piers, and roads.  Ironworkers are familiar with drafting, math, blueprint reading, welding, reinforced concrete, and rigging.

There are several different types of ironworkers.


What does NV Energy do?

NV Energy offers a number of Nevada State Apprenticeship Council apprenticeship programs in northern Nevada. The majority of apprenticeship opportunities are awarded to current employees, but the company does post its open positions at People interested in an apprenticeship opportunity are encouraged to visit the NV Energy careers website and look for apprenticeship postings or for a position in which they are qualified.

The NV Energy utility apprenticeships vary in duration and compensation. Apprenticeship programs with the company may be headquartered in Reno or other district locations such as Battle Mountain, Carson City, Elko, Fallon, Hawthorne or Winnemucca. Current apprenticeship programs include Customer Serviceman (natural gas), Electrician (substation), Fitter (natural gas), Fitter/Welder (natural gas), Gas Pressure Operator (natural gas), Lineman and Meter Technician.

Salary ranges vary depending on the apprenticeship but most have a starting wage at least $26/hour while journey level wages can range from $31-$41/hour. The company also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision insurance; 401k match and cash balance pension program.

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What do operating engineers do?

Operating Engineers operate and maintain various types heavy equipment including dozers, cranes, motor graders, loaders, paving equipment, and various other machines that crush, move, mix, compact, transport or hoist materials. The Local 3 Apprenticeships mission is to produce conscientious, skilled journeypersons who hold credentials in industry related safety courses, and are well rounded and proficient in operating and maintaining heavy equipment. This will be achieved by providing apprentices with continuous learning opportunities to perform as leaders in the construction industry. 

Apprenticeship Program

The Northern Nevada Operating Engineers Joint Apprenticeship Committee offers five different branches of apprenticeship training programs.


Crane operator, Heavy Duty Repairman (mechanic), Grading and Paving (operator), Lubrication technician and Survey technician.


A career in the Operating Engineers can be started by going through the apprenticeship program. Apprenticeship training is the best way to learn the skill of an Operating Engineer because you are actually working in the trade, and are receiving wages at the same time. Wages and benefits are covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the Operating Engineers Local Union #3 and signatory contractors, which provides for good working conditions, wages and fringe benefits. The Apprentice wage is based on a percentage of the journeyman wages. The wages increases with completion of each period of training until you reach journeyman status. The Operating engineers Joint Apprenticeship Committee has established a time allotment for acquiring Journeyman level skills through on the job training of 6,000 hours in the grading and paving and crane operator classification, 8,000 hours in the heavy duty repairman classification, 4,000 hours in the lubrication technician and survey technician. To make on-the-job training more meaningful, related training courses are conducted for apprentices. During these courses, you will receive both classroom instruction and hands-on training from fully qualified instructors.


What do Painters do and what are the Allied trades?

This is the area of the construction industry that is commonly called the finishing trades being as the work performed by the professionals is usually at the end of a project. Along with painters, this trade contains drywall finishers, wall coverers, glaziers, glass workers, floor covering installers, sign makers, display workers, convention and show decorators and more. Workers must be able to operate a variety of hand and power tools. These workers’ skills are in high demand at every construction project, both residential and commercial.

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What do plasterers and cement masons do?

Plasterers apply and finish exterior and interior cover coat materials to building surfaces which include shaping and sticking foam pieces by adhesive or mechanical installation; spray or troweling of fireproofing materials to steel beams, columns, and underside of metal decking.

Cement masons install curb and gutters, sidewalks, footings, slabs and bridge decks on commercial and public works projects; install driveways, lead walks, steps, and patios on new commercial and residential developments.


What do Plumbers and Pipefitters do?

Plumbers and pipefitters install, service and repair a variety of residential and commercial projects, from houses to casinos. Plumbers work involves installation, removal, maintenance, extension and alteration of plumbing systems, including all sanitary drainage, storm drainage facilities, special wastes, vent systems, water systems, gas piping and heating and cooling systems. Pipefitters and steamfitters install piping to convey substances such as air, gas or liquids on new or existing projects in all types of types of industrial plants, commercial buildings, hospitals, etc. Plumbers and pipefitters use a variety of materials, including carbon steel, copper, cast iron, plastics, fiberglass, stainless steel and other special alloys and types. Pipefitters are often certified in welding.

There are two programs, each taking a different time frame to finish: HVAC service (heating, ventilation & air conditioning), four years; and building trades plumber/pipefitter, five years. There are different pay ranges for each field. The base apprentice wage begins in the $13-15/hour range and the journey level worker scale is in the $24-$30/hour range. Additional benefits like medical, dental and vision insurance, a retirement plan and pension annuity increase the total wage value. Applications are taken year ‘round at the Plumbers & Pipefitters Joint Apprenticeship Training office at 1150 Greg St. in Sparks.

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What do Sheet Metal Workers do?

Sheet Metal Workers fabricate sheet metal so that it can be used in a variety of applications. All facets of sheet metal work are covered by this trade including, but not limited to, heating, ventilating and air conditioning, ductwork, skylights, cornice work, lockers, kitchen equipment, metal roofing and siding, and testing and balancing HVAC systems. Sheet Metal Workers are respected for their quality of workmanship and their safety awareness.

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