Become a Union Tradesperson

Ready to experience the advantage?
Here’s how to get started with a career in the skilled trades.

The Process

Pick A Trade

Which trade best fits your personality and skill set? We’ve made it easy to narrow down where you can be most successful.

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Start The Application Process

Once you know which trades you’re most interested in, we’ll help you contact the appropriate training centers and start the application process.

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Be Prepared

Need help getting through the necessary requirements? We’re here to for you! Through the WRTP/BIG STEP program, we can help you get your driver’s license, GED transcripts / high school diploma or even study for your upcoming aptitude tests.

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Interview / Turn In All Documentation

After you make it through the first few steps, we’ll invite you in for your interview. We’re also going to ask for some basic documentation, like driver’s license and GED transcripts / high school diploma. You’ll also be asked to pass a drug test or pre-employment drug screening during the interview process.

Connect With Local Contractors

You aced your interview and scored a spot on the team of one of our valued contractor partners — congratulations! You are the future of the Wisconsin workforce, so these contractors are invested in your education. They’re committed to providing you with the tools you need to succeed as you master the skills that will help you deliver the high-quality work they expect from all employees.

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Get To Work and Get Paid

Learn from the pros and get paid like one too! You’ll work on high-profile projects under the guidance of some of the most respected contractors and leaders in the Milwaukee area. Earn money while you gain experience so you can live the life you always imagined – with no college debt. Experience the advantage of Building Advantage!

Pick A Trade

Bricklayers

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Carpenters

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Cement Masons

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Construction Craft Laborers

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Floor Coverers

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Electricians

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Ironworkers

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Millwrights

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Operating Engineers

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Operative Plasterers

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Painters

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Pile Drivers

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Plumbers

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Sheet Metal Workers

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Steamfitters

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Tilesetters

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Are you ready to see what a career in union construction has to offer?

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Why Union?

America’s labor unions give workers the opportunity to join together in pursuit of solutions that will improve their jobs, lives and communities. Experience the union advantage!

Collective Bargaining

Unions empower workers to make their voices heard on the issues that matter to them. When workers join together in solidarity, negotiating contracts in their best interests becomes more successful.

Higher Wages and Better Benefits

According to the Economic Policy Institute, union workers earn an average of 13.2 percent higher wages than their non-union counterparts, and are more likely to have employer-provided benefits like premium health insurance, paid time off and a retirement plan. All benefits are above and beyond your hourly wage, so it won’t come out of your paycheck.

A Stronger Economy

When union workers make a higher wage, non-union firms tend to raise their wages, too. A strong union presence tends to influence wage increases among non-union firms to keep employment competitive. When employees benefit from higher wages, the economy thrives.

Increased Workplace Safety

Safety is a priority in the construction industry, and even more so among unions. The labor movement fought to establish the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, resulting in safer working conditions and stronger protections for workers.

Diverse Representation

Unions represent workers across all levels of education, race and ethnicity, and promote a message of inclusion and equal opportunity. This is the workforce of the future!

Making The Switch To Union

Become A Union Tradesperson

Ready to make the switch to a career in the union?

Guaranteed compensation, better benefits (above and beyond your hourly wage), safe working conditions, recognition for quality work and job security — these are among the advantages of unionized labor. Plus, a strong partnership between labor and management creates opportunities for a richer, more fulfilling on-the-job experience.

Make The Switch

Ready to make the switch to a career in the union? Contact our apprenticeship coordinators for details on how to apply for an apprenticeship in a specific trade.

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