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Wednesday, 18 August 2010 13:34

Apprenticeship Connections

 

MUCH OF THIS INFORMATION WAS TAKEN FROM THE U.S. BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS
2009-2010 OCCUPATIONAL OUTLOOK HANDBOOK
www.bls.gov/oco

REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL NATIONAL AND STATE PROGRAMS ARE SUBJECT TO REVISION AND CHANGE.  PLEASE CHECK SPECIFIC WEBSITES FOR UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION

APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING STATE & NATIONAL OFFICES

Massachusetts State Office:
Department of Labor and Workforce Development
Charles F. Hurley Building
19 Staniford Street
Boston, MA 02114
Telephone: 617.626.5409
Website:    http://www.mass.gov/lwd/docs/dat/apprenticeprogdir050809-508.pdf


National Offices:
Office of Apprenticeship Training
Employer and Labor Services
Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training
Frances Perkins Building
200 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20210
Office of the Administrator
Room N5311
Phone: 202.693.2796
Fax: 202.693.2761
Website: www.doleta.gov/OA/national.cfm

Monday, 16 August 2010 21:29

Career Pathways

PLEASE CHOOSE AND CLICK A CAREER PATHWAY

 

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Monday, 16 August 2010 18:53

Plumbing & Pipefitting

Sample Job Titles:  

  • Plumber
  • Pipefitter
  • Steamfitter
  • Pipelayer

Apprentice/Licensure Connections:

  • Length of Apprenticeship: Five (5) years
  • Apprentices must attend 550 hours of classroom hours of training
  • Apprentices must complete 8,500 on-the-job hours to be eligible to sit for the Jorneyman Plumbers Exam.
  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Must have a high school diploma or G.E.D. certificate
  • Valid Drivers License and Social Security Card

Technical, Apprentice and Higher Education Majors:

  • Civil Engineering Technology
  • Construction Management
  • Water/Wastwater Engineers
  • Supervisors for mechanical and plumbing contractors
  • Independent Plumber and Business Owner
  • Building Inspection

Certifications and Career Advancement: Apprenticeship programs generally provide the most comprehensive training available for these jobs. They are administered either by union locals and their affiliated companies or by nonunion contractor organizations. Organizations that sponsor apprenticeships include: the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the United States and Canada; local employers of either the Mechanical Contractors Association of America or the National Association of Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors; a union associated with a member of the National Fire Sprinkler Association; the Associated Builders and Contractors; the National Association of Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors; the American Fire Sprinkler Association, or the Home Builders Institute of the National Association of Home Builders.

   CONNECTIONS TO WORK AND HIGHER EDUCATION

Industry Affiliations:  SKILLS USA
Industry Certifications available in High School
  • OSHA 10 hour Construction, Safety & Health   
  • Plumbers Apprentice/License Hours  - 1700 hours of practical and 330 hours of code class
CONTINUED EDUCATION REQUIRED FOR LICENSE RENEWAL - TIERS 1 through 5 - 5 YEAR PROGRAM UP TO 110 HOURS PER YEAR      AVAILABLE THROUGH NE ADULT EDUCATION PROGRAM.  Must hold active apprentice card.
Monday, 16 August 2010 18:52

Business Technology

 The Business Technology Program offers training in areas related to the fast-paced, diverse, and exciting Business Environment. Students will be taught manual and computerized accounting using QuickBooks and TurboTax. They will also receive extensive training in the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, and Powerpoint) and Google Drive. Additionally, computer maintenance, web page development and maintenance, social media, mobile technology, cloud computing, and collaboration platforms will be covered. Students will receive "all aspects of the industry" training featuring law, management, financial literacy, marketing, entrepreneurship, customer service and retail operations via the Northeast School Store. Eligible students may apply for a seat in the Reading Co-Op Bank branch on campus where they receive basic teller training in addition to a supplemental financial literacy program.  All of this training will enable students to be well-rounded employees or entrepreneurs.

 

Skills: Knowledge: Abilities:
Writing Administrative/customer service Listening and comprehension
Listening English Effectively communication
Problem-Solving Math - arithmetic, statistics Organization
Helpfulness Computers and technology Conscientiousness

 

Personality Traits for Business:

Attention to detail Analytical Thinking                     Independence/Dependability
Integrity Achievement/Effort/Cooperation                      Concern for Others

 

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:   Upon graduation, students are immediately employable as:

Administrative Assistants Accounting Clerks Office Clerks
Account Managers Bookkeepers Office Administrators
AP/AR Clerks Computer Application Specialists Real Estate Agents
Bank Tellers Customer Service Representatives Payroll Specialists
Computer Support Specialists Sales Representatives Receptionists

 

With additional training and education, students can obtain employment as the following:

Accountants Database Specialists Medical Office Assistants  
Financial Analysts Financial Managers Operations Analyst
Insurance Brokers Legal Assistants Real Estate Brokers  
Market Research Analyst  Marketing Managers Stock Brokers

                                                     

CONNECTIONS TO WORK AND HIGHER EDUCATION

Industry Affiliations:  SKILLS USA, DECA

Industry Certifications available in High School:    OSHA 10 hour General Industry Certification

College Credits toward post-secondary certifications/degrees can be earned through Articulation Agreements with:   

MA State BT Articulation Agreement One or more BT courses at a MA community college
New England Institute of Tech. MGT 127 Accounting 1   4 cr. / MGT 222 Accounting 2  4 cr.
North Shore Community College ACC 101 Basic Accounting   3 cr. / CPS 100 Information Tech & Applic   3 cr.

Sample Job Titles:

  • Body Welder
  • Spot Welder
  • Steel Welder
  • Underwater Welder
  • Metal Fabricator

Technical, Apprentice and Higher Education Majors:

  • Welding Engineering Technology
  • Welding Engineer
  • Advanced Welders, Cutters and Welder Fitters
  • Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters
  • Pipefitters and Steamfitters
  • Sheet Metal Fabricator

Certifications and Career Advancement:   The Certified Welder (CW) program tests welders in procedures used in the structural steel, petroleum pipelines, sheet metal and chemical refinery welding industries. There is a provision to test to a company-supplied or non-code welding specification.  Sheet Metal Workers: Certifications related to sheet metal specialties are offered by a wide variety of associations, some of which are listed in the sources of more information at the end of this statement. Those that complete registered apprenticeships are certified as journey workers, which can help to prove their skills to employers.  Sheet metal workers can choose one of many specialties. Workers can specialize in commercial and residential HVAC installation and maintenance, industrial welding and fabrication, exterior or architectural sheet metal installation, sign fabrication, and testing and balancing of building systems.  Welders can advance to more skilled welding jobs with additional training and experience. For example, they may become welding technicians, supervisors, inspectors, or instructors. Some experienced welders open their own repair shops. Other welders, especially those who obtain a bachelors degree, become welding engineers.

                          CONNECTION TO WORK AND HIGHER EDUCATION
Industry Affiliations:  SKILLS USA
Industry Certifications available in High School:                                         
  • OSHA 10 hour Construction, Safety & Health
  • American Welding Society (AWS) Welder Certificate (can earn hours toward certification)
College Credits   toward post-secondary certifications/degrees can be earned through Articulation Agreements with Statewide Articulation Agreements with Chapter 74 Appoved Programs:  
  • Local 7 Iron Workers
  • Local 532 Pipefitters
  • Construction Craft Laborers Apprenticeship Program
  • Sheet Metal Workers Local 17

PREPARATION FOR ADVANCED WELDER CERTIFICATION AND MOTORCYCLE WELDING AND FABRICATION AVAILABLE THROUGH NE ADULT EDUCATION DEPARTMENT

Average Salary* (Boston) $52,490
Average Salary* (U.S.)     $42,400     * According to KUDER.COM

Sample Job Titles:  Computer Support Specialist/Technician, Desktop Support Specialist, Information Technology Technician (IT Technician), Networking Technician

Technical and Higher Education Majors:   Due to the wide range of skills required, there are many paths of entry to a job as a computer support specialist or systems administrator. Training requirements for computer support specialist positions vary, but many employers prefer to hire applicants with some formal college education. A bachelors degree in computer science or information systems is a prerequisite for some jobs; other jobs, however, may require only a computer-related associate degree. And for some jobs, relevant computer experience and certifications may substitute for formal education. For systems administrator jobs, many employers seek applicants with bachelors degrees, although not necessarily in a computer-related field

Career Advancement:   Beginning computer support specialists usually work for organizations that deal directly with customers or in-house users. Support specialists may advance into positions in which they use what they have learned from customers to improve the design and efficiency of future products. Job promotions usually depend more on performance than on formal education. Eventually, some computer support specialists become software engineers, designing products rather than assisting users. Computer support specialists in hardware and software companies often enjoy great upward mobility.

                            CONNECTIONS TO WORK AND HIGHER EDUCATION
                               
                               CERTIFICATIONS AVAILABLE IN HIGH SCHOOL
                                              OSHA G10 OSHA GENERAL INDUSTRY
                                                                 COMPTIA A+
                                                           COMPTIA NETWORK +
                                 MICROSOFT CERTIFICATION (XP)(MCP) EXAM 70-270
                                 MICROSOFT CERTIFICATION (2K)(MCP) EXAM 70-210
College: Articulated Cours/Number                    Possible Credits                 What you earn
     Bunker Hill Community College
CIT 182 PC Hardware                                                                               3                                          Tuition Credit
    Ben Franklin Institute of Technology
CT III Computer Concepts  and                                                                7                                           Tuition Credit 
CT 212 PC Maintenance and Management
    North Shore Community College
CPS 130 - Computer Hardware                                                                 3                                           TuitionCredit
CPS 134 - Introduction to Computer Networking                                      2                                           Tuition Credi
 
PREPARATION FOR COMPTIA A+ TEST PREPARATION AVAILABLE THROUGH NE ADULT EDUCATION PROGRAM

 

Course Plan

Monday, 16 August 2010 18:47

HVAC & Refrigeration

Sample Job Titles: 

  • Air Conditioning Service Technician
  • Commercial Service Technician
  • HVAC Mechanic/Technician
  • Oil Burner Installer/Mechanic/Technician
  • Refrigeration Technician

Technical and Higher Education Majors: 

  • Sheet Metal Apprentice
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Installations Project Manager
  • Dispatcher

Certifications and Career Advancement. Technicians often specialize in either installation or maintenance and repair, although they are trained to do both. They also may specialize in doing heating work or air-conditioning or refrigeration work. Some specialize in one type of equipment—for example, hydronics (water-based heating systems), solar panels, or commercial refrigeration. Some technicians also sell service contracts to their clients. Service contracts provide for regular maintenance of the heating and cooling systems and they help to reduce the seasonal fluctuations of this type of work.  Throughout the learning process, technicians may have to take a number of tests that measure their skills.  HVACR technicians who have at least 1 year of experience performing installations and 2 years of experience performing maintenance and repair can take a number of different tests to certify their competency in working with specific types of equipment, such as oil-burning furnaces. These tests are offered through the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society, HVAC Excellence, Carbon Monoxide Safety Association, Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Safety Coalition, and North American Technician Excellence, Inc., among others. Employers increasingly recommend taking and passing these tests and obtaining certification; doing so may increase advancement opportunities.   Advancement usually takes the form of higher wages. Some technicians, however, may advance to positions as supervisor or service manager. Others may move into sales and marketing. Still others may become building superintendents, cost estimators, system test and balance specialists, or, with the necessary certification, teachers.

CONNECTIONS TO WORK AND HIGHER EDUCATION

Industry Affiliations:  SKILLS USA

Industry Certifications available in High School:

  • OSHA 10 hour Construction, Safety & Health Certification
  • EPA 608 Refrigerant Certification  (recommended)
  • EPA 609 Refrigerant Certification  (optional)
  • R410 Refrigerant Certification  (ESCO)   (optional)
College Credits toward post-secondary certifications/degrees can be earned through Articulation Agreements with:
MA State Agreement HVAC One or more HVAC courses
Massasoit Community College HVAC111 Basic Electricity and Control Theory
HVAC223 HVAC Service Procedures
New England Institute of Tech. AH110 Basic Refrigeration (7 credits)

AH111 Basic Refrigeration Lab (3 credits)

Monday, 16 August 2010 18:46

Health Assisting

 

Sample Job Titles : 

  • C.N.A. (Certified Nursing Assistant)                       * Medical Assistant
  • Home Health Aide                                                       * Dietary Aide
  • EKG Technician                                                           

 

Technical and Higher Education Majors:   

  •  Licensed Practical Nurse                                                * Certified Clinical Medical Assistant
  • Medical Administrative Assistant                                  * Nurse Education (2 year R.N.)
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant                                    * Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Radiologic Technology                                                     * Respiratory Technology
  • Animal Care Specialist                                                      * Veterinary Technology

 

Certifications and Career Advancement:  Health Occupations are some of the fastest growing industries in the US with a demand for multi-skilled healthcare workers. Students in Health Assisting study therapeutic, diagnostic and administrative areas of the health professions with an emphasis on Nurse Assisting and Medical Assisting. Students are given theoretical and practical instruction in the laboratory and clinical experience in healthcare facilities.  Related sciences are integrated into the curriculum including: anatomy and physiology, nutrition and biology. Medical Terminology, Introduction to Electrocardiography, Introduction to Phlebotomy and a 30 hour Home Care Aide course are part of the curriculum.  Students are prepared to test for the MA Department of Public Health certification exam for Nurse Assistants (C.N.A.), and can start working immediately upon licensing. Many Health Assistant students pursue post secondary education to continue their education in Nursing or Allied Health.  Further education and specific instructional programs are needed to prepare individuals to practice as licensed professionals.   

 

CONNECTIONS TO WORK AND HIGHER EDUCATION

 

Industry Affiliations:  SKILLS USA, C.N.A. Program is Department of Public Health Accredited

Industry Certifications available in High School:

  •  OSHA 10 hour General Industry Certification                                 *  Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
  •  American Heart Association BLS, CPR, AED                                           *  Home Health Aide (HHA) 
  •  American Red Cross First Aid

College Credits toward post-secondary certifications/degrees can be earned through Articulation Agreements with:

College Course
MA State Agreement with HA  CNA - Certified Nursing Assistant 
MA State Agreement Medical Assisting One or more Medical Assisting courses
North Shore Community College OFT 116 Medical Terminology -  3 credits

ALH134 - Certified Nursing Assistant – 5 credits

BIO108 - The Body in Health and Disease

(HA major and Honors Anatomy & Physiology)

Monday, 16 August 2010 18:45

Graphic Communications Career

DESKTOP PUBLISHING
Average Salary* (Boston)     $45,010
Average Salary* (U.S.)         $35,510      * According to KUDER.COM
PRINTING MACHINE OPERATOR
Average Salary* (Boston)     $35,080
Average Salary* (U.S.)         $31,490      * According to KUDER.COM

Sample Job Titles:  Desktop Publisher, Job Printers, Photographic Processing Machine Operator, Prepress Technician, Printing Machine Operator.

Technical and Higher Education Majors:  Desktop Publisher, Communication Technology, Graphic Design

Career Advancement:   For those who are interested in pursuing a career in desktop publishing, an associate degree or a bachelors degree in graphic arts, graphic communications, or graphic design is preferred.

                              CONNECTIONS TO WORK AND HIGHER EDUCATION
 
                                      CERTIFICATIONS AVAILABLE IN HIGH SCHOOL
                                      OSHA G10   10 hour General Industry Cerification
                                                                  Print Ed Certification
                                          
                                               COLLEGE CREDITS AVAILABLE IN HIGH SCHOOL
                                                                  Tech Prep Connection
 
  College: Aritculated Course/Number           Possible Credits         What you earn
      Boston University Center for Digital
           Imaging Arts
       No Courses Specifically                           No Credits          $2000.00 tuition reimbursement
       New England Institute of Art
GD 102 Frndamentals of Design                            3                  Tuitionig Credit
       New England Institute of Technology
MWD 112 Digita Graphics                                     3             Tuition Credit towards Associates Degree
MWD 241 Design  3                                              3            Tuition Credit towards Associates Degree
MWD 231 Desktop Publishing 1                             4            Tuition Credit towards Associates Degree      
       North Shore Community College
GRA 116 Electronic Imaging                                  3              Tuition Credit
GRA 118 Digital Page Layout                                 3              Tuition Credit
                                             

                                 

Course Plan

Monday, 16 August 2010 18:43

Electrical

 Sample Job Titles:    

  • Electrician
  • Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers
  • Lineman
  • Telecommunications

Technical and Higher Education Majors:

  • Construction Technology
  • Electrical Engineering Technology
  • Construction Engineering Technology
  • Construction Management and Inspection

Certifications and Career Advancement:   Experienced electricians can advance to jobs as supervisors. In construction, they also may become project managers or construction superintendents. Those with sufficient capital and management skills can start their own contracting business, although this often requires a special electrical contractors license. Supervisors and contractors should be able to identify and estimate costs and prices and the time and materials needed to complete a job. Many electricians also become electrical inspectors.

Apprentice/Licensure Connections: • Journeyman:  600 hours of classroom instruction and 8000 hour of supervision over a period of not less than 4 years • Master:  150 hours of classroom instruction and hold journeyman license in good standing with the Board for one year. Commonwealth of Massachusetts Board of State Examiners of Electricians, 239 Causeway Street, Boston, MA 02114

                                       CONNECTIONS TO WORK AND HIGHER EDUCATION
Industry Affiliations:  SKILLS USA
Industry Certifications available in High School: 
  • OSHA 10 hour Construction, Safety & Health Certification
  • MA Electrician Apprentice/License hours                                
College Credits toward post-secondary certifications/degrees can be earned through Articulation Agreements with:

College

Course
MA State Engineering Tech Articulation Agreement One or more EL courses at a MA community college
Ben Franklin Institute of Tech. EL 110 - Circuit Theory 1 (DC) - 4 credits
EL127 Design and Layout/NEC 5 credits
EL129 Design and Layout II/NEC II - 5 credits
EL213 Circuit Theory II (AC) - 4 credits

AVAILABLE THROUGH NE ADULT EDUCATION PROGRAM:  APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING  600 HOUR THEORY CLASS APPRENTICESHIP LICENSING TRAINING TEST PREP  MASTER LICENSURE TEST PREP                                         

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