Registered apprenticeship programs are gateways to good middle-class jobs in the U.S. construction industry.
Begin your career in Skilled Trades
With the Multi-Craft Core Curriculum (MC3), you can pick up the tools and techniques of Skilled Trades, from plumbing to electrical work to sheet metal and iron work, under the guidance of master craftworkers.
In 2007, the Building Trades National Standing Committee on Apprenticeship and Training identified courses in the apprenticeship programs of all building trades that are offered in common, and created the Multi-Craft Core Curriculum, which includes:
- General orientation to apprenticeship
- Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and first aid
- OSHA 10-hour certification course
- Blueprint reading
- Applied mathematics for construction applications
- History of the construction industry and the heritage of the American worker
The general orientation course includes construction industry structure and the construction process; orientation to apprenticeship; tools of the various trades and the safe handling of both hand and power tools; and industry standards of work responsibility and craft excellence.
This pre-apprenticeship core curriculum is 120 hours of classroom training. Some crafts may add 40 additional hours as a precondition of entry with credit for the program.
To learn more about MC3, visit the MC3 Central Texas Facebook page.
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