Local Union 12 - Pittsburgh, PA

​​​​​Sheet Metal Workers

1200 Gulf Lab Road

Pittsburgh, PA 15238

(412) 828-5300

A Limited Apprenticeship is an excellent opportunity for those who are curious about our industry, or who have not yet qualified for Apprenticeship. It gives applicants a chance to get some experience working in the trade. Many of our current Apprentices and Journey Mechanics began their career as a Limited Apprentice.

Limited Apprentices work on job sites and in shops, much like any other Apprentice. Their job duties are similar to those of any first-year Apprentice, but they are not required to attend school. The pay rate for a Limited Apprentice is slightly lower than that of a full Apprentice. It is an excellent opportunity to explore a career in the construction industry.

Many times a young applicant does not have enough experience in the work force to earn a full Apprenticeship. The Limited Apprenticeship is a chance to prove themselves, and help them decide whether or not this career is for them.

Our Apprenticeship program lasts 5 years. You will enroll in required classes for the first 3 years. You will attend those classes during 5 weeks of concentrated training during those years. Those weeks will usually occur once about every 7 or 8 weeks. During your final 2 years of Apprenticeship, you will enroll in elective courses. These courses will specialize your training in one or two areas where your talents, interests, and experience lead you. These classes will occur in evenings and on some Saturdays, depending upon what specialty areas you choose.

When the Apprentice reaches the accepted level of skill and education, he or she is promoted to Journeyperson status.

If you enjoy working with your hands, and would like a good paying career, please consider downloading and filling out our application package.

We want motivated, outgoing, career oriented people in our program. Success in our industry demands excellent hand and communication skills. We want our apprentices to be the leaders of tomorrow. Today’s Apprentice is tomorrow's Foreperson, Superintendent or Owner. Our people earn the highest wages, with the best benefits package in the industry. You must earn it every day you go to work.

Our expectations of Apprentices are simple: we expect you to go to work every day and work hard. We expect you to treat your work like a career, rather than just a job. We expect you to reach out and engage in your education and not just sit back and wait for it to come to you. If you enjoy working with your hands and are self-motivated, our program may be right for you.

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Our Apprenticeship program is designed for 5 years of training. Apprentices attend school periodically through the year, and the remainder of the time they work with journey mechanics to get experience and practice.

Apprentices in our program receive wages and get incremental raises throughout the time they are apprentices, based upon proving knowledge and skill as they progress.

Our program is at almost no cost to an individual who wishes to pursue a career in construction. Apprentices are responsible for providing their own tools and some minor material costs throughout their schooling. All other expenses of the training program are borne by the Local.

No College, University or Technical School can offer you what we can!


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Earn While You Learn!

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