Pile Driving Apprenticeship FAQs
What will I learn?
You will become skilled in assembling and disassembling equipment. Be introduced to equipment used for pile installation. Develop expertise in installing different types of pile, in different ground conditions with precision while utilizing different techniques and equipment. Hone your skills in monitoring and adjusting operations, understanding soil conditions, and ensuring the structural integrity of the installed pile.
As your experience grows you will learn additional skills like:
- Blueprint Reading
- Welding and Cutting with a Gas Torch
What are the eligibility requirements?
To be eligible for the program, you must have been a BGCI co-worker for at least 90 days and be a minimum of 18 years of age.
How long is a school year?
The school year will be 9 months from August to May.
How many days a week do I have to be in class?
Once a month on Mondays each apprentice will report to class at 7AM and receive 4 hours of classroom training. After lunch, each apprentice will return to class and receive 4 hours of hands-on training. Once a month each apprentice will also receive a virtual class from 7AM-11AM.
What if I must miss a class to be at work?
Supervisors are aware that an apprentice must be in class and will allow the apprentice to miss work.
How are my hours tracked for On-the-Job learning?
Each Apprentice will track his or her hours using the Pile Driver OJL Evaluation and Hours sheet provided by the instructor. The apprentice will then provide the sheet to their supervisor for approval and signature. The supervisor will take a picture of the sheet and submit to the instructor. Finally, the apprentice will use the Pile Driver OJL Hours online form and submit his or her hours.
Do I get a certificate of graduation?
Yes, each apprentice will receive a certificate from the Department of Labor upon completion of the apprenticeship program, and also a certificate from Baker Gulf Coast Industrial.
Will there be a graduation?
Yes, at Baker, we love to celebrate the achievements of our co-workers and will hold a ceremony for apprenticeship graduates.
Will I get paid to study?
Yes, apprentice pay rates will depend on current construction experience. Apprentice wages will be re-evaluated every 650 hours of training and a wage increase will be based on competency.