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This posting is notification of an open application period for any apprenticeship openings that may occur between April 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018.


Candidates for Skilled Trades Apprenticeships must submit a detailed resume outlining work experience, education, skills, and relevant hobbies. Candidates must submit a cover letter to summarize their interest in and qualifications for an apprenticeship in the Skilled Trades. Cover letters must specifically answer the following questions:

1.      Why do you want to work as an apprentice at the University of Michigan?

2.      What do you believe are your qualifications for a career in the Skilled Trades?

3.      Describe a significant accomplishment of which you are proud.

The Joint Apprenticeship Committee will review and evaluate the resumes and cover letters in order to determine which candidates to invite to take a mechanical aptitude test.

Candidates who score sufficiently high on the aptitude test and subsequent interview with the Joint Apprenticeship Committee will have their names placed in a pool for consideration for Skilled Trades Apprenticeships openings.

If openings arise for apprenticeships in the above-mentioned departments, a final interview will be offered to the highest-rated candidates in the pool for the trade in question. Candidates for the positions will remain in the pool for a period of one year. 


As an apprentice, learn and perform the duties of a trade such as: Cabinet Maker, Carpenter, Electrician, Elevator Mechanic, HVAC Mechanic, Industrial Electrician, Pipecoverer, Plasterer, Plumber, Sheetmetal Worker, Steamfitter, Telecommunications Specialist, or Welder, under the direction of a Skilled Trades Journeyperson in the respective trade. Work environment may include very hot or cold conditions; working at heights, on ladders, scaffolds, or platform trucks; and in crawl spaces, interstitials, or otherwise confined spaces. 

Required Qualifications*


Graduation from high school or diploma equivalent.

Excellent work performance history.

Desire and aptitude for working in one of the Mechanical, Architectural, or Electrical Trades.

Willingness and ability to attend classes outside of work time without compensation, and successfully complete a course to study for up to 5 years.

Excellent communication and customer service skills and ability to follow the directions of a Skilled Trades Journeyman are required.

Cover letter and resume are required.

Desired Qualifications*

Considerable knowledge of tools, equipment, and processes used in one or more of the Mechanical, Architectural, or Electrical Trades. Considerable knowledge of construction and or maintenance processes. Work experience in a maintenance or construction related field. Work experience with a computerized work management system. Coursework in college-level algebra, geometry, science, mechanical or trades-related instruction. Ability to read blueprints, sketches, wiring diagrams. Work experience with the safe use of hand and powered tools. 

Work Schedule

Hours may vary depending upon job assignment

Union Affiliation

This position is covered under the collective bargaining agreement between the U-M and the U-M Skilled Trades Union, Inc., which contains and settles all matters with respect to wages, benefits, hours and other terms and conditions of employment.

Mission Statement

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future. The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by: -Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences. -Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.