Step 1: Apply
Step 2: The Aptitude Test
Step 3: The Interview
Step 4: Job Placements
Preparing for the test:
- At the time of application, an informational booklet with sample test questions is available. Please email our office (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like a paper copy. This information can also be found online here.
- The Algebra and Functions section will consist of 33 questions within 46 minutes. The Reading Comprehension section will consist of 36 questions within 51 minutes. There will be a short break between the two sections.
- There are no penalties for guessing. Your score will be based on the number of items you answer correctly.
- You will not be allowed to use a calculator for the test.
- If you need special accommodations during the test, please make arrangements with the apprenticeship office before you report for testing.
- Tests are scored by an independent facility. The Apprenticeship Office will receive the results approximately two to four weeks after you test and will then notify you of the results by e-mail.
- If you do not obtain a qualifying score on the test battery, you must wait six months before re-testing (you will need to reapply).
- If you receive a qualifying score on the test battery, you will be scheduled for an oral interview to occur the month after you tested.
Sources to brush up on your algebra skills
- www.khanacademy.org– videos and practice algebra problems
- www.analyzemath.com/algebra.html – samples with solutions
- www.wtamu.edu/academic/anns/mps/math/mathlab/int_algebra/index.htm – interactive math lab
- https://electricaltrainingalliance.org/Learning/OnlineTechMath– Tech Math
Resources for preparing for the reading comprehension portion of the test
The committee shall consider, on an equitable basis, a request for re-interview from the Ranked Pool upon the following terms:
At least six months, 180-days, has passed since the date of the initial interview and in the interim the applicant has either:
- Gained at least 1000 hours of trade-related work experience (trade-related work experience hours should not be a continuation of previous employment in a non-construction type of work) OR
- Successfully completed two or more 3-credit or more college-level trade-related classes, one of which must be electrical in nature.
- The applicant has submitted a completed re-interview request form, provided by the training center.
The committee will consider the request and determine whether or not a re-interview is justified. There is no guarantee that a re-interview will be granted. A re-interview is not guaranteed to improve your rank.
- First Impressions Count: We recommend arriving early to allow yourself time to calm any pre-interview nerves. Remember, the interview committee wants you to succeed. When you enter the room, take a few minutes to introduce yourself to the various members of the committee, shake their hands and get their names. Follow your parents’ advice: Smile, sit up straight, and make eye contact.
- Recommended attire is business casual or better. Nice pants and a button down shirt, at a minimum. Practice good hygiene and be well-groomed.
- Turn your cell phone off.
- Application portfolio. The committee will review anything that was included with your application, such as a cover letter, resume, recommendations, and certificates. Due to the rapid pace of the interviews, it is important that you draw the attention to your application materials that emphasizes your work ethic, ability to work under pressure, and any experience and skills that transfer to the construction industry. If you have additional information that you feel would help the committee make their decision, please bring that with you to the interview.
- Behavioral Interview Questions. Examples of a behavioral interview question are “Give an example of a goal you reached and how you achieved it?” or “How do you handle a challenge?” There are no right or wrong answers to these types of questions. Theses questions are about getting a sense of your past experiences and how they will translate to your role as an apprentice. We recommend doing an internet search about behavioral interview questions – this will give you an idea of what to expect. Make sure to prepare for the interview by thinking about your interest in apprenticeship, your ability to work well with others as a team, and your ability to be self-motivated, responsible, and dependable. Use this list of experiences to prepare a response for any questions that you may be asked. Use the structure: Situation… Action… Result.
- Situation or task– Describe the event or task, taking care to use enough detail for the interviewer to understand but not so much that you burn up a lot of time.
- Action– Describe what you did to complete the task or to resolve the situation. If it was a team effort, keep the focus on what you did effectively.
- Result– Conclude your answer with a description of the result of your efforts. Include lessons learned if you learned something from the situation.
- Be concise but not too concise. Keep your answers positive and specific. You have ten minutes – make them count. Also, be honest if you don’t know the answer to a question.
- Practice interviewing with your family and friends as much as possible. The more you practice the more relaxed and confident you will be in the interview.
Interview Scoring Factors
- Character and Attitude
- Presentation (friendliness and enthusiasm, confidence, etc.)
- Work Experience
- Trade related? (use of hand and power tools, physical work, etc)
- Length of service
- Documentation (letters of recommendation, awards, etc)
- Education and Training
- Trade-related? (welding, blueprint reading, shop classes. etc)
- Math and science classes