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ABC of Indiana/Kentucky (ABC) is a provider of formal construction apprenticeship programs through the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship. ABC is also an NCCER Accredited Training Sponsor and, as such, awards globally recognized craft credentials and certificates upon completion of each level of study. ABC is a federally certified training program by Veteran Affairs.

ABC offers a wide variety of training options from formal apprenticeship programs to specific task training modules of study. Each craft utilizes the NCCER curriculum and learning resources created by publishing partner Pearson. NCCER develops and publishes each world-class curriculum created by Subject Matter Experts from industry and academia throughout the United States. Subject Matter Experts ensure exceptional training programs meet or exceed national industry standards. ABC instructors are experienced and knowledgeable journey-level craft professionals and complete NCCER certification in order to teach for ABC.

About ABC Apprenticeship

ABC’s Apprenticeship Program is certified by the Federal Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship and accredited by NCCER, the globally recognized construction curricula provider. After successfully completing the ABC/NCCER curriculum and documenting 8,000 hours of On-the-Job Learning (OJLs) for 4-year programs, graduates are registered with the U.S. Department of Labor and are awarded their journeyman’s certification. Although most trades require four years of study, some trades are two or three year programs of study. Through ABC’s articulation with Vincennes University, apprentices in Indiana can also earn a tuition-free Associate Degree in Science Career/Tech Degree.

Click on the trades below to learn more about the NCCER curriculum for each craft.

Trades / Crafts

Boilermaking

Boilermaking is a four-level curriculum that meets the requirements of a boiler- maker apprenticeship program (4 years and 8,000 hours of on-the-job-training). If a trainee completes all four levels, he or she can be a journey-level Boilermaker, with specialized skills and opportunities for career advancement.

NCCER Curriculum

Carpentry

Carpenters make up the largest building trades occupation in the industry and those with all-around skills are in high demand. Carpenters are involved in many different kinds of construction activities, from building highways and bridges to installing kitchen cabinets. Carpenters construct, erect, install, and repair structures and fixtures made from wood and other materials.

NCCER Curriculum

Concrete Finishing

Concrete finishers place and finish concrete floors, driveways, sidewalks, curbs, bridge decks and other concrete structures.  Concrete finishers apply architectural, exposed, patterned or stamped, broomed and smooth finishes on concrete surfaces. They are skilled at repairing, waterproofing and restoring concrete surfaces. They have the knowledge to properly use dry pack grouting and epoxy materials, and understand how to cure concrete perfectly.

NCCER Curriculum

Construction Craft Laborer

This curriculum introduces the trainee to a variety of trades, including carpentry, masonry, ironworking, electrical, welding, heavy equipment, and cranes.

NCCER Curriculum

Electrical

Electricians install electrical systems in structures; they install wiring and other electrical components, such as circuit breaker panels, switches, and light fixtures, and they follow blueprints, the National Electrical Code® and state and local codes.

NCCER Curriculum

Electronic Systems

Electronic Systems Technicians (EST) are skilled in a variety of areas, and they work in both residential and commercial settings. They are tasked with installing lighting, telecommunications equipment, and security systems. Electronic Systems Technicians also install remote monitoring systems in commercial applications and can retrofit current systems with modernized remote monitoring technology. The skills and duties of ESTs are broad, varied, and in high demand.

NCCER Curriculum

Glazing

Glazier graduates will be skilful in cutting, preparing, fabricating or other handling of all glass materials for buildings, fixtures and other uses. Glaziers do the glazing, setting, attachment, installation, removal of all types of glass material for buildings, fixtures and other uses. Glaziers will be capable of doing the installation, fitting fabrication and attachment of architectural metals or related products for all types of buildings.

Heavy Equipment Operations

Heavy equipment operators (HEO) not only work on regular construction building jobs, but also on infrastructure projects (roads, bridges, and ports, otherwise called non-building construction), and in mining and timber operations. A trained and experienced equipment operator provides necessary skills for any project that requires moving and transporting heavy materials, or that demands any kind of earthmoving.

NCCER Curriculum

Heating and Air-Conditioning Systems (HVAC)

Job growth within the HVAC field is one of the greatest factors in deciding to move forward with a career as an HVAC technician. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the HVAC field will experience growth of 21% during the years from 2012-2022.

NCCER Curriculum

Industrial Coatings

Industrial coatings applicators specialize in painting industrial structures to prevent deterioration. They may apply protective coatings to steel bridges to fight corrosion, or they may coat interior and exterior facilities and equipment such as storage tanks, plant buildings, lockers, piping, structural steel, and ships.

NCCER Curriculum

Industrial Maintenance Electrical & Instrumentation

Industrial maintenance electrical and instrumentation (IM E&I) technicians are needed in every industry that uses machinery, from automotive assembly plants to computer manufacturers. Not only do they repair and maintain electrical instruments and equipment, they also install and dismantle them.

NCCER Curriculum

Industrial Maintenance

Industrial maintenance electrical and instrumentation (IM E&I) technicians are needed in every industry that uses machinery, from automotive assembly plants to computer manufacturers. Not only do they repair and maintain electrical instruments and equipment, they also install and dismantle them.

NCCER Curriculum

Instrumentation

Instrument Fitters and Technicians perform key installation and maintenance functions across several industries. The field of instrumentation covers important processes and knowledge areas, including piping, tubing, fasteners, and metallurgy. Instrumentation Technicians and Fitters are familiar with electrical systems, craft-specific drawings, and are experts in the hand and power tools specific to their trade.

NCCER Curriculum

Insulating

This curriculum will teach basic safety practices and all the tools of the trade, as well the characteristics and applications of all types of pipe insulation as well as their installation. This training also teaches the processes for sheet metal lagging and the fabrication of jacketing for piping, fittings, vessels and equipment, as well as practices for installing pipe fittings, valves and flanges.

NCCER Curriculum

Masonry

The study of masonry is one of the world’s oldest and most respected crafts. Masonry construction existed for thousands of years.  NCCER’s three-level curriculum encompasses modules such as Mortar, Metalwork in Masonry, and Estimating.

NCCER Curriculum

Metal Builder Assembly

Millwright

Millwrights install, align, and troubleshoot machinery in factories, power plants (particularly the precision machinery required in nuclear power plants), and other industrial sites. They install conveyor systems, connect machinery to power supplies and piping, direct hoisting and setting of machines, and adjust the moving and stationary parts of machines to certain specifications. Millwrights must be extremely skilled at mathematics and interpreting blueprints and specifications to set machines at perfect measurements, sometimes working with clearances no bigger than thousandths of an inch. For this program, NCCER offers a five-level curriculum, which covers topics such as Millwright Hand Tools and Fabricating Shims.

NCCER Curriculum

Industrial Painting

A career in the painting trade can be financially rewarding and provide satisfaction for the skilled craftsperson who takes pride in a job well done. Work on the job, combined with the appropriate formal training, provides numerous career paths for professional growth in this thriving, technical industry. NCCER’s three-level curriculum covers topics such as Basic Surface Preparation, Wood Finishing, and Texturing.

NCCER Curriculum

Pipefitting

Pipefitters install and repair both high- and low-pressure pipe systems used in manufacturing, in the generation of electricity, and in the heating and cooling of buildings. NCCER offers a four-level Pipefitting curriculum that covers topics such as Threaded Pipe Fabrication, Excavations, and Steam Traps.

NCCER Curriculum

 

Pipelaying

NCCER’s Pipelayer curriculum covers all of the knowledge required for a Pipelayer to achieve success in their trade. In addition to addressing both the rigging, delivery and cutting of pipe, the Pipelayer books concentrate on other learning objectives important to the craft, including materials, elevation, site and trench safety, foundation stabilization, testing and maintenance. NCCER offers a one-level Pipelayer curriculum that covers topics such as Job Site Safety, Cutting Pipe, and Gaskets, Joints and Fittings.

NCCER Curriculum

Plumbing

Most people are familiar with plumbers who come to their home to unclog a drain or install an appliance. In addition to these activities, however, plumbers install, maintain, and repair many different types of pipe systems.

NCCER Curriculum

Power Line Worker

Common to Transmission, Distribution, and Substation training programs, Power Line Worker Level One addresses the fundamental aspects of power line work to include safety, electrical theory, climbing techniques, aerial framing and rigging, and operating utility service equipment. After Level One, this training program diverges into the three specialty areas for two additional years of skills training.

NCCER Curriculum

Roofing

A roofer is a construction worker who specializes in roof construction. Roofers concentrate on the application of materials that waterproof and/or weatherproof buildings, designed material—as a substrate for the roofing materials to be installed on, the rafters, beams, and trusses are the frame or skeleton for the roof to be built upon.

Sheet Metal

Sheet metal workers mainly work in heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR), but there are many other opportunities. Sheet metal craftsmen might help build airplanes, automobiles, or even billboards. They might install hoods and vents for restaurants or build grain silos for farmers.

NCCER Curriculum

Sprinkler Fitting

Fire sprinklers are one of the most important methods for protecting life and property. They provide protection 24 hours a day, seven days a week, even when building occupants are asleep or absent from the premises. But sprinkler systems provide adequate protection only if designed and installed properly. Therefore, sprinkler system installation is the primary focus of this training program.

NCCER Curriculum

Welding

Welding is a high-tech industry that can take you places all over the world. From ladders to aircraft carriers, from NASCAR to national defense, and from the laboratory to sales and repair, the varied welding industry impacts virtually every industry. Technology is creating more uses for welding in the workplace.

NCCER’s four-level curriculum covers topics such as Oxyfuel Cutting, Welding Symbols, and Stainless Steel Groove Welds. NCCER’s curriculum also correlates to the AWS SENSE (Schools Excelling through national Skills Education) standards and guidelines for Entry Welder.

NCCER Curriculum

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ABC Apprenticeship Training Centers

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