Construction Trades Pre-Apprenticeship Training – Xcel Energy Power Up Program

A participant in Avivo's programs wears a hard hat and stands near a forklift at a construction site.

Learn the skills it takes to get into the construction trades in high-paying positions like electrician, ironworker, operating engineer, or general laborer in this exciting, free, 14-week pre-apprenticeship training program!

Potential participants should be ready for a physically demanding, but fulfilling and high-paying career. A career in the construction industry typically includes daily work like carrying heavy tools or materials, working with heavy equipment or machinery, and being outside in the elements. This free 14-Week Training with Financial Incentives will help participants prepare for work in the construction trades.

Enrollment for our next session starts in fall 2024!

Find out more by joining a career education information session! Virtual info sessions take place every Tuesday 12 – 1 p.m. at this Teams link (no Microsoft account needed, just click the link).

Part One Training Details:

  • 2-Week Training
  • Monday —Thursday, 1-4 p.m.
  • Intro to the Construction Industry
  • Construction Work Readiness

Part Two Training Details:

  • 12-Week Training
    • 8-Week Virtual Training
    • 4-Week In-Person Training
  • Apprenticeship Readiness
  • Trade Work Exploration
    • Electrician
    • Ironworker
    • Operating Engineers
    • Laborers

Eligibility requirements include:

  • 18 years or older
  • Resident of Minnesota
  • Ability to obtain valid driver’s license
  • Social Security Card
  • Drug Screening
  • High School Diploma or GED

Potential Entry-Level Job Salaries:

  • Electrician Apprentice Entry Level Average Wage $27.64/hour
  • Operating Engineer Entry Level $33.64/hour
  • General Laborer Entry Level $18.50/hour

Potential Job Salaries for Those With Experience:

  • Journeyman Electrician $32 – $50/hour
  • Engineer Level II $35 – $44/hour
  • General Laborer Mid Level $20 – 30/hour

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    The State of Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) funded (or funded in part) this training through a grant. The grant recipient created this training. DEED does not endorse this publicity or training or make guarantees, warranties, or assurances of any kind, express or implied, regarding the accuracy, completeness, timeliness, usefulness, adequacy, continued availability or ownership of the information herein or elsewhere.