Frequently Asked Questions
What is an apprenticeship program?
An apprenticeship program is an opportunity to learn a trade. It is also a lifelong commitment. Apprenticeship consists of two parts: on-the-job training (OJT) and related training (in the classroom).
Is it hard to get into the program?
Yes, this is a very competitive program to get into. You must meet minimum age and educational requirements. Hiring is dependent on current employment needs. Things that can help your chances are a strong education and work history. A resume, letters of recommendation and copies of applicable certifications can help as well.
When and how can I apply?
We take applications year round. You can apply in person in the Tangent office or by mail. Office hours are Monday-Friday 8 am-12 pm and 1 pm-5 pm.
How do I apply?
You can apply in person in Tangent Monday-Friday 8 am-12 pm and 1 pm-5 pm or by mail. You will need to fill out the Application Request Form and pay the $30 application fee. This can be done in person or by mail.
Can I apply online?
No, you cannot apply online. You can download the Application Request Form and mail it with the $30 application fee and then we will mail you the application. You can also apply in person in Tangent.
Can I apply in Redmond?
No, we only hold classes in Redmond. If you are in Redmond, you can apply by mail or come into the Tangent office. We do administer the Aptitude Test and interviews in Redmond for applicants that live in Central Oregon.
Can I request the application by phone?
No, you must fill out the Application Request Form and either mail it in with the application fee or submit it in person in the Tangent office with the application fee.
Does it cost anything to apply?
There is a $30 application fee. This can be paid with cash, check, money order or card (cash & card accepted in person only).
What should I bring if I am applying in person?
There is a $30 application fee for each program you are applying for.
You should bring in all qualifying documents such as high school transcripts, college transcripts, and GED with scores. If you are a veteran you need to bring your DD214. Additionally, you may choose to provide a resume, letters of recommendation, and applicable certifications. You need to have all documents together when you submit your application to be qualified. You will be submitting the documents, we do not make copies for applicants, nor return them to the applicants.
What should I mail in with my application?
You should mail all qualifying documents such as high school transcripts, college transcripts, and GED with scores. If you are a veteran you need to include your DD214. Additionally, you may choose to provide a resume, letters of recommendation and applicable certifications. You need to have all documents together when you submit your application to be qualified. You will be submitting the documents, we do not make copies for applicants, nor return them to the applicants.
How do I get my transcripts?
You will need to contact your school or school district. Many transcript requests can only be made online or by fax. You will need to allow plenty of time to get the transcripts. The schools may mail the transcripts directly to us or you may provide them. If you are having your transcripts sent directly from the school, please include a note indicating as such with your application. Official transcripts are preferred and may be required if necessary due to poor copies or missing information.
Screen shots and pictures of documents are not accepted. We cannot call your school to request them. We cannot print or make copies of your documents. It is your responsibility to provide your transcripts to this office.
Do not email or fax your transcripts.
Do you need official transcripts?
Official transcripts are preferred and may be required if necessary due to poor copies or missing information. Unofficial will be accepted as long as they are a good, complete copy.
I received my transcripts and I see that I am not qualified. How can I meet those qualifications now?
If you do not have at least 1 year of Algebra or higher on high school transcripts, or 1 term of Algebra or higher on college transcripts, you can either:
- Take a college algebra class (Math 60 minimum)
- Take the Tech Math course
- Take a college placement test and place into Intermediate Algebra (Math 95)
If you do not have at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA, or your GED score is below a 255/2550/600 (depending on when you tested) you can take the GED Ready test. You will need to take all 4 tests with a score of 150 or better. Print and submit the My Scores page with your application and transcripts.
If you have an Associate's Degree or higher, that will meet the graduation/GED/gpa requirements as well. You will need to submit the transcripts that show graduation and will still need to show the algebra requirement.
I am a senior in high school. Can I apply before I graduate?
You need your complete transcripts showing graduation before you can apply.
When will I know if I’ve been accepted?
We will send you a letter when we process the applications and have the aptitude test scheduled for you. If you are qualified, you will be invited to take the aptitude test. If you pass the aptitude test you will be scheduled for an interview. After the interview, applicants are ranked on the eligible-to-hire list according to the score received through the hiring process. We hire the top applicant when we have an opening. That means, we have a job for the top person and will assign them to a contractor. School will be scheduled for you sometime after being assigned to a contractor.
If you are not qualified, your letter will explain why. You would be welcome to reapply when you have the qualifications met.
I submitted my application but haven’t heard anything. What’s next?
We send notices to take the aptitude test to all qualified applicants when we process applications. It can be a few months past when you submit your application. After the aptitude test, we send notices to interview or let you know that you did not pass. Approximately 2 weeks after the interviews, we send rank letters.
What’s on the aptitude test?
Reading comprehension and math. You should plan on being here for about 3 ½ hours for the test.
Is there any study material for the test?
We do not provide study material. There are a couple of courses available for a cost. Please visit the electrical training ALLIANCE for more test information.
Tech Math: http://www.njatc.utk.edu/
Electric Prep: https://www.electricprep.com/
Other recommended courses would be through your local community college or self-study.
When do classes start?
When you are selected to begin the apprenticeship, you will start work (OJT) right away and then be scheduled to start classes according to our school schedule.
What is school like?
You can expect to attend classes during the day, once per week for an 11 week term. There is homework online. You must have access to a computer and the internet. You must pass classes to continue in the program.
How much do classes cost?
Tuition is $200 per year plus books which range from $500-$800 each year.
How much money will I make?
Apprentices start at a specified percentage of journeyman wages and work their way up during their apprenticeship. There is also a benefit package that is in addition to wages. The benefit package includes family health insurance and pensions.
Is work full time?
Apprentices usually work pretty steady, but in all aspects of construction, there can be times of unemployment. There are downtimes between jobs or due to a slow economy. We suggest that apprentices live within their means and plan for downtimes. Be fiscally responsible! Save money!
A typical work week is 40 hours M-F 7am-3:30 pm.
Will I join the union?
Yes. When you are hired as an apprentice for your first job, you will join the union. There are monthly dues, which are minimal compared to your wages and benefits.
Can I find my own work?
No, the union uses a closed book system and is your sole source of job placement.