The September 2016 Apprentice Competition will be held in Houston, TX. The Competition will be hosted by the Texas & Mid-South District Council and held at Local 84/135.
Register to attend:
Everyone MUST CLICK HERE to register online for the 2016 Apprentice Competition!
- September 28 - September 29, 2016 - Coordinator's Meeting
- September 29, 2016 - Leadership Seminar & Written Exam
- September 30 - October 1, 2016 - Apprenticeship Competition
- October 1, 2016 - Banquet
Click here for the 2016 "outside" contest rules
Click here for the 2016 "shopmen" contest rules
2016 Competition in Houston, Texas at Local 84/135
Who should attend:
Coordinators, Business Managers, JAC Reps, Management Reps.
National Apprentice Competition:
The National Apprentice Competition consists of eight different competitions. The individual competitions are: written test, layout Instruments, welding, burning, knot tying, rod tying, ornamental and the column climb.
The written test consists of 100 questions taken directly from the apprentice training manuals.
The instrument test requires competitors to set up an instrument. Establish the height of instrument and figure the elevation of benchmarks above and below the height of instrument.
The burning competition requires apprentice competitors to correctly lay out and burn a circle and square make a bevel cut and a straight cut. Contestants are judged on accuracy of layout and cut as well as quality of cuts.
Apprentices must complete three passes in all four positions: flat, horizontal, vertical and overhead. The welds are graded based upon quality.
For the knot tying competition, the competitors are required to correctly tie six knots which are chosen at random from the rigging manual the day of the test. They also must correctly reeve two sets of blocks (3x3, 3x2, or 2x2).
The rod tying competition is always exciting. Competitors have one minute to tie as many of each different type of tie as they can. The ties are: snap tie, snap and a wrap, saddle tie, saddle and a wrap, and the figure 8 tie. The scores that an apprentice gets on each tie are tallied to give him or her overall score.
In this time-based test, contestants race against the clock to see who can put together a 2’ x 2’ glazed window.
Contestants race to the top of a 35 foot column. The fastest gets all the points.