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, masonry, plastering, or licensed in electrical, plumbing, or HVAC to support the maintenance, repair, and new construction of equipment and systems for the university community.
Apprentices obtain essential skills regarding workplace safety in the construction and maintenance environment, identification and use of tools and equipment, as well as develop behavioral competencies to further their career. Through extensive training, apprentices gain foundational knowledge across all trades, both licensed and non-licensed. Apprentices learn through a combination of on-the-job training, technical education, and classroom instruction. The University covers the cost for all tools, personal protective equipment (PPE), and uniforms.
Apprentices are required to attend mandatory online classes and virtual meetings, maintain a minimum of a B average in all classroom instruction, and must demonstrate effective performance on the job. On-the-job training consists of rotations in Facilities Management departments throughout the University, including maintenance, repair, new construction, utilities, and industrial systems. All training and supplemental courses are provided by the University of Virginia.
Selected apprentice applicants are hired into a one or two-year restricted position, based on prior related experience or education. Candidates of the program will be provided routine assessments and overall performance evaluations throughout their employment. At the culmination of the initial one or two-year contract, given a successful performance review, a collaborative assessment will occur to determine which of the trades (carpentry, masonry, plastering, plumbing, electrical or HVAC) is the best fit for the employee. Achieving these milestones for the program enables renewal into a second two-year restricted position to complete the apprentice program.
Working environment and conditions include:
Employees will be required to lift various weights, climb ladders and stairs to complete jobs. The use of both hands and a repetitive motion will be required while performing duties. Ability to tolerate working in extreme temperatures, working at heights as high as 30-feet, and working in confined spaces, all while carrying tools and parts to perform work is required.
The working hours for these positions is typically Monday – Friday, 7:00am-3:30pm. Some evening, night, or weekend work may be required due to scheduled overtime or to respond to emergency events, including inclement weather; during inclement weather events, snow duty is required.
Assist skilled journey level mechanics in performing routine system maintenance, preventative maintenance, building, construction, equipment repair and related tasks.
Perform all work in accordance with safety rules and procedures, such as OSHA, federal, state, and local regulations.
Develop increasing familiarity with the skills and best practices of assigned trade.
Actively participate in classroom and on-the-job training.
Actively communicate with the Apprentice program, on the job mentor and supervisor of assigned area.
Completion of Related Technology Instruction is expected to be done on one’s own time.
Ability to read, comprehend, and communicate clearly in the English language is a necessity.
The online application deadline is April 30, 2023. The program is slated to begin in mid-July 2023.
Please apply through Workday, and search for R0045947. Internal applicants must apply through their UVA Workday profile by searching ‘Find Jobs.’ All applicants are required to complete an online application. Complete an application online with the following documents:
Letter of Recommendation
List of references (three recommended)
Upload all materials into the resume submission field, multiple documents can be submitted into this one field. Alternatively, merge all documents into one PDF for submission. Applications that do not contain all required documents will not receive full consideration.
References will be completed via UVA’s standardized process Skill Survey. A total of five references will be requested via SkillSurvey during the final phase of the interview process. A minimum of three references is required.
For information about the apprenticeship and training please contact: 434-297-6379 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information about the application process or general questions about employment at the University, please contact Jessica Speth, Academic Recruiter, email@example.com.
Education: Applicants must possess a high school diploma or equivalent by the start date of the position.
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