Apprentice – Carpentry or Masonry

Job description

Job location: Charlottesville, VA

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-05-14
Req: R0023928
Facilities Management at the University of Virginia is now accepting applications for our highly regarded Apprenticeship Program. The Apprenticeship Program began in 1982 and was the first Apprenticeship Program initiated by a state agency. This unique program provides an opportunity to learn a trade while working full time at UVA. Apprentices support Facilities Management's goal of providing consistent, cost effective, efficient, and reliable maintenance and service to the University’s facilities. These employees are trained through the apprenticeship program with the goal of becoming skilled in carpentry or masonry.

Apprentices obtain essential skills regarding workplace safety in the construction and maintenance environment, and identification and use of tools and equipment, as well as developing behavioral competencies. During training, apprentices gain foundational knowledge across the trades of carpentry and masonry. Apprentices learn through a combination of on-the-job training, technical education, and classroom instruction. The University underwrites the cost for all training, tools, personal protective equipment (PPE), and uniforms.

Apprentices are required to attend mandatory online classes and virtual meetings and must have a minimum of a B average in all classroom instruction. Training consists of rotations in Facilities Management departments throughout the University; including maintenance, repair, new construction, utilities, and industrial systems to equip apprentices with a broad range of skills to support University construction and maintenance needs. All training and supplemental courses are fully paid for by the University of Virginia.

Selected apprentice candidates are hired into a two-year restricted position. Those who meet outlined milestones for the program will be eligible for a second two-year restricted term to complete the apprentice program. There is no guarantee of continued employment after the first two years. Candidates of the program will be provided quarterly assessments and evaluated annually as to their performance. At the culmination of the second year, given a successful performance review, a determination will be made if and which of the trades (carpentry or masonry) is the best fit for the employee.

Working environment and conditions for apprentices include:

  • Mechanical spaces, exposure to a wide range of inside and outside temperatures, research labs, working from heights on ladders or scaffolding.
  • Physical demands such as, bending, squatting, stooping, climbing ladders, scaffolding and stairs, repetitive motion, and walking/standing on uneven surfaces.
  • Ability to carry tools and parts to perform work.

Responsibilities include:

  • Assisting skilled journey level mechanics in performing routine system maintenance, preventative maintenance, building, construction, equipment repair and related tasks.
  • Performing all work in accordance with safety rules and procedures, such as OSHA, federal, state, and local regulations.
  • Developing an increasing familiarity with the skills and best practices of assigned trade.
  • Actively participating in classroom and on-the-job training.

This position is typically scheduled to work Monday – Friday, 7:00am-3:30pm. Some evening, night, or weekend work may be required due to overtime or to respond to emergency events, including inclement weather.

Online applications will be accepted from April 26, 2021 through May 31, 2021. The program begins August 2, 2021. Applicants must possess a high school diploma or equivalent by the start date of the position.

Selected candidates for this program will be required to complete all necessary background checks, including a health screening for vaccinations, including Flu, TB, etc.

The starting salary for all trades is $15.07 hourly. To visit the Facilities Management website for information about the program, please click here - UVA Facilities Management Apprenticeship Program – Application Process (

External Candidates please submit an application through the UVA Job Board, and search “Apprenticeship.” Internal Candidates please apply through your Workday Home page, search “Find Jobs,” and search for “Apprenticeship,” All applicants are required to complete an application. A current resume, letter of recommendation from someone other than a family member, and contact information for three references are required. Additional letters of recommendation are optional. For information about the apprenticeship and training please contact: Brian Shifflett, For information about the application process or general questions about employment at the University, please contact Michele Jarman,

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.




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Posted: 4/27/2021
Application Due: 6/2/2021
Work Type: Full Time