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Apprenticeship Training

Training for highly-skilled Union craftspeople begins with apprenticeship programs that combine classroom and on-the-job training. Apprenticeship programs span 4 - 6 years and 85% of the trades require an admissions test. Plus, customized training for specific industries and processes keep Union tradespeople up to speed on new developments and procedures in their industry.


UPCC members spend over half a million dollars annually on training for all trades plus additional funding for:

  • Confined Space training
  • Mandatory & Voluntary Drug Testing
  • Bureau of Apprenticeship Training & Recognized Apprenticeship Programs
  • Ongoing Journeymen Upgrade Classes
  • Mandatory CPR and First Aid Instruction
  • Welding Certifications
  • HAZMAT (sub part R training)

Training Centers

Boilermakers Local 169

10154 Highway M-35

Gladstone, MI 49837

Phone: 906-428-2800


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Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers Local 2 - Michigan

119 South Front Street

Marquette, MI 49855

Phone: 906-250-6971

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International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 906

205 East Flesheim

Iron Mountain, MI 49801

Phone: 906-779-1505

Fax: 906-779-9966

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Ironworkers Local 8

119 South Front Street

Marquette, MI 49855

Phone: 906-228-6450

Fax: 906-228-3699

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IUPAT 7 Gladstone Training Center

707 Clark Dr

Gladstone, MI 49837

Phone: 262-662-1827


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Laborers Local 1329

1800 North Stephenson Avenue

Iron Mountain, MI 49801

Phone: 906-774-6070

Fax: 906-774-1199

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Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters/Millwrights Local 1510

370 U.S. Hwy. 41 East

Negaunee, MI 49866

Phone: 906-228-2913

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United Association of Plumbers/Pipefitters and HVAC Techs Local #111

2601 North 30th Street

Escanaba, MI 49829

Phone: 906-789-9784

Fax: 906-789-9799


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Sheet Metal Workers Local 7 Zone 5

304 Avenue A

Gwinn MI 49841

Phone: 906-372-9288

Fax: 906-372-9058


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High School Opportunities

Construction Connect UP


The Upper Peninsula Construction Council, in collaboration with UP Michigan Works and local education agencies, has developed a skill-based, earn-and-learn program that is designed to serve as an effective transition from school to career.

The Construction Connect UP Program is labor and industry approved and directly linked to explicit real-world workplace situations. The program runs during the school year from September through April.

The deadline to register is in early April. Eligibility criteria are:

  • Must be a high school senior at least 17 years of age
  • Must be enrolled in a certified CTE Program
  • Must live within a 15 minute drive of Marquette, Escanaba, Sault Ste. Marie, Houghton, or Iron Mountain
  • Must have driver’s license or in process and reliable transportation
  • Student will be assigned to a signatory contractor on a construction site Monday-Friday 2-3 hours during the school day based on student schedule
  • Must pass a drug screen
  • EARN ($13.00/Hr) and LEARN PROGRAM


UPCC Building Trades Summer Camp


UPCC’s Building Trades Summer Camp gives high school students a six-week introduction to construction activities. Students are paid $12 an hour for the duration of the camp, mirroring the earn-while-you-learn structure of union apprenticeships.

Building Trades Summer Camp rotates locations each year around the Upper Peninsula. In 2024, it will be located in Iron Mountain.

Every student who applies participates in resume writing and interview skills workshops provided by Michigan Works. After the workshops are completed, applicants are interviewed and the finalists are selected. Once hired, students participate in a financial literacy workshop. Students also must participate in a safety workshop with the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration before stepping onto the construction site.

Trades participating in the Summer Camp include International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 7; Operating Engineers Local 324; Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers Local 2; UA Plumbers, Pipefitters & HVAC Local 111; International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 906; Sheet Metal Workers International Association Local 7; Ironworkers Local 8; Boilermakers Local 169; Laborers' Union Local 499; and Carpenters and Millwrights Local 1510.

Eligibility criteria are:

  • Must be 14-17 years of age
  • Must be an incoming high school freshman-senior
  • Must live within a 45 minute drive of summer camp location
  • Must have reliable transportation
  • Registration open from April 1st to April 30th
  • EARN ($12.00/HR) and LEARN PROGRAM


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