|If you're starting out as an unionized construction
apprentice millwright, it's important for you to know what you're entitled
|As an apprentice, your hourly wage is a percentage
of the journeyperson's rate. You start at 60% of the journeyperson's rate.
With each 2,000 hours worked, you move up to the next apprenticeship level,
and your wage goes up 10%. To qualify for the wage increase, you must
also maintain a passing grade in your trade school classes.
|After you've completed 8,000 hours and finished all
your required courses, you can write the exam for the certificate of qualification
as a construction millwright. Once you have the certificate, you will
be paid a full journeyperson's wages.
|As a millwright apprentice, you're entitled to safe
working conditions and the knowledge you need to work safely. Every apprentice
must go through the MRCO Health and Safety program
as part of their millwright training. To find out more about it, see Safety
|To learn more about apprenticeship and training programs,
see Apprenticeship and Training or contact the
local union office closest to you to find
out about becoming a millwright.