Laborers Apprenticeship Program

The Laborers’ Apprenticeship Program began in 1994. Teachers share years of experience and knowledge in classroom and hands-on instruction and training in all facets of the Laborers craft. Apprenticeship facilities are located in Anchorage and Fairbanks, with specialty classes offered in Juneau and outlying areas.

On-the-Job Training

The goal of the Apprentice Craft Laborer Program is for each apprentice to reach Journeyworker status. Studies and on-the-job training focus on the following areas:

General Skills   •   Heavy Highway Construction   •   Building Construction   •   Specialty Construction

Examples of Classes Offered

Training classes supplement on-the-job training, and are shaped by the needs of the industry during the apprenticeship. Some of the many classes offered are:

  • Blue Print Reading
  • Craft Orientation
  • First Aid/CPR
  • General Construction
  • Pipeline Construction
  • Asbestos Abatement
  • Asphalt
  • Concrete
  • Hod Carrying
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Rigging
  • Pipelaying
  • Line and Grade
  • Drilling

In addition to taking classes at school, apprentices are referred to a contractor’s job-site for on-the-job training. Labor and management work together to develop highly skilled and productive construction workers.

Apprenticeship Wages

Apprentices are paid in accordance with the number of on-the-job hours, at a percentage of the Journeyworker rate of pay.


0 – 1,000
1,001 – 2,000
2,001 – 3,000
3,001 – 5,100

Minimum Requirements

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be a high school graduate or have a certificate of equivalency (GED)
  • Be an Alaska resident for the last twelve consecutive months
  • Have a Valid Alaska Driver’s License
  • Be physically fit

An interview committee rates each applicant on factors such as interest in the trade, educational transcripts, references, previous work experience, a sense of responsibility, and a good attitude towards the program.

Apprentices can and do achieve Journey worker status in three years. They must complete 5100 hours of on-the-job training covering the various aspects of the Laborers’ craft and a minimum of 144 hours each year of the related classroom education and hands-on instruction. Credit can be given for previous experience.

Alaska Laborers’ Training School

Phone:  907-452-3146
Fax:  907-455-4386
2121 Kiana Street
Fairbanks, AK 99709

Phone:  907-345-3853
Fax:  907-345-4479
17805 Old Glenn Hwy
Chugiak, AK 99567

Alaska Laborers’ Construction Industry Training Fund

Union Trustees:
Joey Merrick
Scott Eickholt
Brandon Calcaterra
Bryan Imus
Employer Trustees:
Steve Geraghty
Jaysen Mathiesen
Derald Schoon
Jeff Miller
Training Director:  Suzanne McCarthy
Deputy Director Fairbanks:  
Training Coordinator Fairbanks:  Danny Ruerup
Apprentice Assistant:  Melodie Byrd