Becoming an Apprentice
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What does it look like to be a Kimbel Apprentice?
Becoming an apprentice at Kimbel is simple! We have a dedicated team of employees eager to help you learn your trade every step of the way. All apprenticeship programs have different requirements depending on trade and state licensure requirements. Kimbel works with you in whatever state you reside in to set you up for success.
Steps of becoming an Apprentice:
Step 1: Apply for an apprentice job on our job board. Applicants can be from any state where there is an apprentice opening. Get hired as a full-time Kimbel employee where you will go to work every day with licensed tradespeople who will show you step by step what a day looks like in a tradesperson’s life.
Step 2: Enroll in an apprenticeship program. Kimbel will help you register and set up to begin your schooling (days/hours determined by the state program you enroll in). You will attend school during set days/evenings during the week. Programs are usually structured around a traditional school calendar. Each year has two semesters; August through December and January through April. We will help find a facility for you to meet your requirements for your particular state.
Step 3: When you complete your apprenticeship requirements, we will schedule you to test in your state/county. Once you pass your licensure exam, you are a licensed tradesperson ready to begin your career. Congratulations!
On the Job Training + In Class Hours + License Exam =
A Licensed Journeyman
NWA Mechanical School** is a Kimbel program designed to teach our employees how to do their job while on the job. At other tech schools, students pay tuition to learn a trade. That’s not how it works at NWA Mech. You will learn while receiving a paycheck.
- The cost of the training is deducted from your paycheck.
- On the 1st of the month following 60 days of employment, you will receive benefits.
- You will put what you are learning into action immediately.
**Available to Arkansas Apprentices only.
Requirements for our Northwest Arkansas Mechanical School
Apprentice Plumbers will work with a licensed Journeyman or Master Plumber. Apprentice Plumbers at Kimbel Mechanical Systems work primarily in new residential and multi-family construction. Apprentices must have knowledge of commonly-used concepts, practices, and procedures within the plumbing field.
Apprentice Plumbers learn to install, modify, inspect, repair, and maintain plumbing fixtures in gas, water, and drainage systems according to applicable building codes. Apprentice Plumbers perform necessary tasks on all phases of plumbing. Must be able to learn to identify plumbing and safety problems applicable to the installation and take necessary corrective action. Must be able to learn to read blueprints, take supervisor or contractor instruction, and complete quality control sheets. Must be able to follow directions.
Plumbing Apprentices complete a four-year training program, with both classroom instruction and on-the-job training. Upon completion of an apprenticeship, apprentices can test for a Journeyman Plumbing license. All apprentices must have a current apprentice card.
Must be able to sit, stand and walk for long periods of time. Lifting heavier objects, crawling and bending are required 50% of the time in this job. Must be able to go up and downstairs, into crawl spaces, and sit in a vehicle to get to the job site. Must be able to bend/stoop, squat/crouch, climb, kneel and twist. Must be able to climb ladders, work both inside and outside, and around moving equipment.
Apprentice Electricians will work with a licensed Journeyman or Master Electrician. Apprentice Electricians may also lead jobs, crews, and other electricians. Apprentice Electricians at Kimbel Mechanical Systems work primarily in new residential and multi-family construction. They must have knowledge of commonly-used concepts, practices, and procedures within the electrical field.
Apprentices install, modify, inspect, repair, and maintain electrical equipment according to specifications and building codes. Apprentices perform necessary tasks on either rough-ins, services, or trim-out phases by relying on experience and knowledge. Apprentices identify electrical and safety problems applicable to the installation and operations and take necessary corrective action. Must be able to read blueprints, take supervisor and/or contractor instruction and complete quality control sheets. Must be able to make decisions on the job site without disruption to the business or work and job quality.
Electrical Apprentices must complete a four-year training program involving both classroom instruction and on-the-job training. After 640 school hours and 8,000 OJT hour completion, Apprentices must test for a Journeyman’s License. All Apprentices must have a current apprentice card and be actively attending school. Failure to meet requirements will result in termination.
Physical Requirements of the Job
Must be able to sit, stand and walk for long periods of time. Lifting heavy objects to 50 lbs, crawling, and bending required 50% of the time in this job. Must be able to go up and downstairs, into crawl spaces, and sit in vehicles to get to job sites. Must be able to bend/stoop, squat/crouch, climb, kneel and twist. Must be able to climb ladders, work both inside and outside, and around moving equipment.