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Apprenticeship Opportunities

Boilermakers Local 1 – Construction Boilermaker Apprentice

Applications will be accepted by the Great Lakes Area Boilermakers Joint Apprenticeship Committee at the following locations, dates and times:

Local One – 2941 Archer Ave., Chicago, IL 60608

  • Thursday, December 20, 2018;  8 – 10 am
  • Thursday, January 17, 2019; 8-10 am
  • Thursday, February 21, 2019; 8-10 am
  • Thursday, March 21, 2019; 8-10 am
  • Thursday, April 18, 2019; 8-10 am
  • Thursday, May 16, 2019; 8-10 am

The recruitment, selection, employment and training of apprentices during their apprenticeship shall be without discrimination because of race, color, religion, natural origin, age (40 or older), sex, sexual orientation, disability and genetic information. 

Every applicant must supply a copy of their BIRTH CERTIFICATE AND HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA/G.E.D.  that the Committee can keep at the time of filing application for apprenticeship.  Each applicant must demonstrate that he/she has access to reliable transportation.

Welding qualification: Applicants that have a welding certification or welding training qualifications will have priority selection over applicants with no welding qualifications.  Applicants must provide a copy and proof of welding certification or welding training qualification at the time of application.

IBEW Local 117 – Inside Wireman (Electrician) Apprentice; Installer Technician for Telecommunications Apprentice

The Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC) will open its application period for Electrician apprenticeship on Monday, January 7, 2019 through Friday, January 18, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. (Monday through Friday).  Application hours will be extended to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, January 7 and Tuesday, Jnaury 8 only.  Applications may be picked up only during these periods at 765 Munshaw Lane, Crystal Lake, IL 60014.

The JATC will open its application period for Telecommunication Trainee apprenticeship on Monday, January 21, 2019 through Friday, February 1, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. (Monday through Friday).   Application hours will be extended to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, January 21 and Tuesday, January 22 only.  Applications may be picked up only during these periods at 765 Munshaw Lane, Crystal Lake, IL 60014.  You must apply in person. 

The minimum qualifications for the apprenticeship can be found at: www.ibew117.com/index.php/notice-of-apprenticeship.  This is an EEO.

Plumbers Local 130 – Apprentice

The Joint Apprenticeship Committee for Local 130 will be accepting applications on a Tuesday, Wednesday OR Thursday starting on January 22, 2019 and ending on February 21, 2019.  All three of the following locations below will be open and accepting applications from 1:00 – 4:00 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays.  Extended hours will be available on Thursdays from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at all three locations:

Chicago – 1400 W. Washington Blvd.

Joliet: 2114 South I-80 Frontage Road

Volo, IL: 31855 North US Highway 12

An application can be submitted in person only.  A $25.00 non-refundable application fee is required.  No cash or personal checks will be accepted.  You may pay by money order or cashier’s check, made payable to Plumbers JAC Local 130 or by VISA or Mastercard with a convenience fee.  All applicants must present the following at time of application:

Completed application – either on-site, OR download, complete and bring with you.

Valid driver’s license.

Birth certificate or U.S. Passport.

Proof of completion of high school – Original HS diploma, GED certificate, sealed official HS transcript, college diploma with transcripts, OR copy of veterans DD214.

$25.00 non-refendable fee – OPTIONAL: If you wishe to purchase the Test Taking Tip Book for $10, your total will be $35.00.

Qualifications – You MUST:

  1. Read, write and speak the English language.
  2. Have a high school diploma or GED equivalent.
  3. Pass an aptitude test.
  4. Pass a drug screen.
  5. Pass a physical exam.
  6. Pass an agility test.
  7. Always possess a valid driver’s license.
  8. Be at least 18 years of age (applicants who are 17 years may be placed on the eligibility list if proof is provided that he/she will be 18 prior to being registered by the JAC.

CISCO Scholarship Program Launches – Application Deadline: Feb. 22, 2019 

CISCO is now accepting applications for its 2019 Scholarship Program.  The three different categories enable a wider range of students of both union building trade members and union contractor employees to apply.

CISCO offers (3), four-year scholarships to high school seniors; (2), two-year awards for seniors planning on attending a community college; and (2), two-year continuing education awards to union members or contractor employees.

All applications and accompanying documents must be postmarked by February 22, 2019.  For more details, click here.  To download the applications, click on the following category options: 1) Four-Year for Seniors; 2) Two-Year Community College for Seniors; 3) Two-Year Continuing Education.

GLCA Recognizes CISCO’s Johnetta Ryan With Lifetime Achievement Award

The Great Lakes Construction Association (GLCA) recognized CISCO’s Director of Education-to-Careers Johnetta Ryan with the prestigious Robert W. MacGruder Lifetime Achievement Award recently at the Sanfilippo Estate in Barrington Hills, Illinois.  Pictured above (from left) are Dan Allen, CISCO Executive Director; Tim Marabella, GLCA Executive Director; Johnetta Ryan; and CISCO Board Members Jim Allen and S.J. Peters.  Peters is CISCO’s Board Vice President.

“Johnetta has been guiding students to our union trade apprentice programs and promoting careers in union construction via workshops, career fairs and presentations in Illinois for almost 20 years.”

Robert W. MacGruder was Executive Vice President of the Lake County Contractor’s Association (GLCA predecessor) from 1973-1996 before his death in March of 2017.

Nine Schools Attend Hands On Expo at Oak Park River Forest HS

With 7 building trades representatives on hand, CISCO orchestrated another successful Hands On Expo as nearly 100 students from nine different area high schools attended a two-session all-day event in Oak Park.

Students from Proviso West and East, Riverside-Brookfield and Ridgewood High Schools were present in the morning, followed by Oak Park-River Forest, East and West Leyden and Elmwood park High Schools in the afternoon.  They got a chance to talk to Apprentice Coordinators and instructors from the Boilermakers, Bricklayers, Carpenters, Laborers, Operating Engineers Local 150, Painters and Roofers Local 11.  To view all the pictures, click here.








CISCO and Building Trades Attend St. Leonard’s Career Fair

St. Leonard’s Ministries, located in Chicago’s West Side, held a Construction Skills Training Program & Career Fair recently that enabled residents to gain information about careers in the union building trades.

Apprenticeship Coordinators and instructors from the Bricklayers, Carpenters, Electricians, Laborers, Painters and Decorators, and Roofers provided information to residents on what is required, and how to be successful when applying into one of these apprenticeship programs.

The Career Fair was a helpful supplement to St. Leonard’s Construction Skills Program, which goes beyond career readiness and includes basic and advanced training skills in carpentry, plumbing, and electrical areas, as well as math curriculum.  For more pictures, click here.

CISCO Enjoys Another Successful Outing – Raises Nearly $3,000 for Charity

CISCO’s Annual Golf Outing was another big hit as the previous week’s rain moved out and delivered perfect weather, and the icing on the cake was a full house of golfers, who not only had fun, but generously contributed nearly $3,000 to the designated charity – Gateway to Learning – a special education and training center that provides services for individuals with intellectual disabilities.














As the photos above show, there was plenty of fun on the course, and numerous raffle prizes after lunch.  To view more outing pictures, just click here.

“Right To Work” (For Less) Is WRONG And It Hurts Working Families!

“Right to Work” is a false phrase – a misunderstanding-by-design piece of legislation that is intended to cripple labor-advocating unions but more specifically, harm workers by shrinking workplace wages, reducing and even eliminating benefits, diminishing job site safety, and stripping the ability of workers to collectively improve their workplaces.  To learn more about the devastating effects of Right To Work (for less) legislation, click here.






CISCO Board Announces Selections For Top 2018 Construction Projects

CISCO’S Board of Directors recently determined which construction projects were winners in six different categories of the Project of the Year Award.   A total of 21 projects were submitted representing Cook, DuPage, Kane, and Lake Counties. The tight voting was an indication of the high quality among the entries.  To download the press release, click here.

These projects will be featured during CISCO’s Annual Meeting on Friday, February 8, 2019.  Registration and Breakfast begin at 8:00 a.m. with the formal program starting at 9:00 a.m. at Maggiano’s Little Italy, 1901 Woodfield Road in Schaumburg.  To download the registration form, click here. You can also register by contacting Julia Mulvey at (630) 472-9411 or email – julia@cisco.org.

The top projects are:

New Construction – Chicago (+ $20m): American Airlines Concourse L/Stinger; Submitted by F.H. Paschen – Chicago (Photo below)

New Construction – Suburbs (+ $20m): Luther Burbank Elementary School; Submitted by International Contractors, Inc. – Burbank, IL (Photo below)

New Construction – City/Suburbs (Under $20 m): Lincoln Park Zoo/Searle Visitor Center; Submitted by Bulley & Andrews – Chicago (Photo below)

Infrastructure: Albany Park Stormwater Diversion Tunnel; Submitted by Kenny Construction Co. -Chicago (Photo below)

Rehabilitation: David K. Hill Family Library at Harper College; Submitted by Legat Architects w/ Pepper Construction – Palatine (Photo below)

Residential: University of Chicago Campus North Residential Commons; Submitted by Mortenson Construction – Chicago (Photo below)


Michael T. Carrigan Honored With World Peace Prize

Michael T. Carrigan, President of the Illinois AFL-CIO received the World Peace Prize “Roving Ambassador For Peace” Award at a cermony before 100 guests at the Laborers’ Chicago District Council headquarters in Burr Ridge.

The ceremony was conducted by two members of the World Peace Prize Awarding Council – Chairperson Barbara Flaherty, Corporate Manager-Judge, and Fr. Sean McManus, Chief Judge. 

In the photos above, Barbara Flaherty and Fr. McManus award President Carrigan with the Roving Ambassador medallion and present him an honorary plaque recognizing the achievement.

Lifesaving Efforts Recognized During Ceremony

John Norling (left) of Carpenter’s Local 272 and Cesar De Alba (right) of Laborers’ Local 2 were formally recognized for their life-saving measures on behalf of Kevin McLaughlin (center), an electrician with Lyons-Pinner Electric in Lyons, Illinois.

The ceremony, held at the IBEW Local 134 Hall, was led by CISCO Board Member Gary Misicka, who is President and General Manager of Lyons-Pinner.

Fortunately for McLaughlin, Laborer Cesar De Alba was working in the same room when he was electrocuted. “He had slumped over a pipe below the board he was working on, and his weight was too much for me to pull him off of the pipe, so I called out for someone, and John helped me,” De Alba said.

The two men then called 911 and began performing CPR, which kept Kevin alive until the paramedics arrived.  “I never had to do this before,” Norling said. “The attention is a bit overwhelming, but it is nice to be recognized. Fortunately it worked out well for Kevin.”

Several speakers, including representatives of the American Heart Association, stressed the importance of CPR training, and the need to take action when a crisis occurs.

Big Turnout for 3rd Breaking Boundaries Event at Lake Park HS

Approximately 180 people attended the third in a series of events called Breaking Boundaries, that explores the personal and financial benefits of women moving into nontraditional fields at Lake Park High School.

This installment featured keynote speaker Kayleen McCabe (above photo) of the DIY Network’s Rescue Renovation followed by an Employer & Career Path Showcase.  More than 20 employers/vendors/building trades organizations were on hand.  A few pictures are below, and click here for more photos.






























IMSCA Recognizes Legislators of the Year

IMSCA, the Illinois Mechanical & Specialty Contractors Association (IMSCA) recently honored Illinois Senator John Mulroe and House Assistant Majority Leader Luis Arroyo for their work in passing SB 3052.  The event was held at Carnivale restaurant in Chicago and was attended by around 50 IMSCA members and construction industry leaders. 

In the photo above are (from left) IMSCA General Counsel James Rohlfing, Leader Luis Arroyo, IMSCA Executive Director Jessica Newbold, Senator John Mulroe and NECA-NEIL’s Giuseppe Muzzupappa.

















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