Apprentice Courses

Apprenticeship Courses

RICTA's Apprenticeship Training Program provides students with the necessary training and educational opportunities for a challenging career in construction. The courses are designed to prepare young men and women to become the craft workers, construction managers and industry leaders of tomorrow.
Classes begin every year in September.  Each class is held 2 nights per week, either Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday from 6pm - 9pm. Class runs through April with a 3 week break during Christmas/New Year's time.

Programs Offered:

Carpentry

CARPENTRY LEVEL ONE:

Orientation to the Trade; Building Materials, Fasteners, and Adhesives; Hand and Power Tools; Reading Plans and Elevations; Floor Systems; Wall and Ceiling Framing; Roof Framing; Introductory to Concrete, Reinforcing Materials and Forms; Windows and Exterior Doors; Basic Stair Layout.

CARPENTRY LEVEL TWO:

Commercial Drawings; Roofing Applications; Thermal and Moisture Protection; Exterior Finishing; Cold-Formed Steel Framing; Drywall Installation; Drywall Finishing; Doors and Door Hardware; Suspended Ceilings; Window, Door, Floor and Ceiling Trim; Cabinet Installation; Cabinet Fabrication.

CARPENTRY LEVEL THREE:

Rigging Equipment; Rigging Practices; Properties of Concrete; Reinforcing Concrete; Handling and Placing Concrete; Trenching and Excavating; Foundations and Slab-on-Grade; Vertical Formwork; Horizontal Formwork; Tilt-Up Wall Panels.


CARPENTRY LEVEL FOUR (ADVANCED):

Layout One: Distance Measurement and Leveling; Site Layout Two: Angular Measurement; Advanced Roof Systems; Advanced Wall Systems; Advanced Stair Systems; Introductory to Light Equipment; Welding; Commercial Finish Work; Site Preparation; Introductory Skills for the Crew Leader.


R.I.C.T.A. does not discriminate in admissions, recruitment, services or employment on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, age or handicap.

Craft Laborer

CRAFT LABORER LEVEL ONE:

Basic Safety; Introduction to Construction Math; Introduction to Hand Tools and Power Tools; Construction Drawings and Blueprint Reading; Introduction to Materials Handling; First Aid/CPR; Hazard Communication; Introduction to Concrete, Reinforcing Materials, and Forms; Reinforcing Concrete; Handling and Placing Concrete; Foundations and Slab-on-Grade; Below-Grade Construction; Trench Safety; Lead Abatement Worker.

CRAFT LABORER LEVEL TWO:


Introduction to Masonry; Masonry Tools and Equipment; Masonry in High-Rise Construction; Pipelayer Job Site Safety; Pipelayer Tools and Equipment; Rigging and Delivering Pipe and Associated Structures; Asbestos Abatement Worker; Hazardous Waste Worker.

RI Department of Labor & Training Apprentice Program Standards 144 hours of related instruction per level per year.

R.I.C.T.A. does not discriminate in admissions, recruitment, services or employment on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, age or handicap.

Electrical

ELECTRICAL LEVEL ONE:

Orientation to the Electrical Trade; Electrical Safety; Introductory to Electrical Circuits; Electrical Theory; Introductory to the National Electrical Code; Device Boxes; Hand Bending; Raceways and Fittings; Conductors and Cables; Basic Electrical Construction Drawings; Residential Electrical Services; Electrical Test Equipment.

ELECTRICAL LEVEL TWO:

Alternating Current; Motors: Theory and Application; Electric Lighting; Conduit Bending; Pull and Junction Boxes; Conductor Installations; Cable Tray; Conductor Terminations and Splices; Grounding and Bonding; Circuit Breakers and Fuses; Control Systems and Fundamental Concepts.

ELECTRICAL LEVEL THREE:


Load Calculations – Branch and Feeder Circuits; Conductor Selection and Calculations; Practical Applications of Lighting; Hazardous Locations; Overcurrent Protection; Distribution Equipment; Transformers; Commercial Electrical Services; Motor Calculations; Voice, Data and Video; Motor Controls.

ELECTRICAL LEVEL FOUR:


Load Calculations – Feeders and Services; Health Care Facilities; Standby and Emergency Systems; Basic Electronic Theory; Fire Alarm Systems; Specialty Transformers; Advanced Motor Controls; HVAC Controls; Heat Tracing and Freeze Protection; Motor Operation and Maintenance; Medium-Voltage Terminations and Splices; Special Locations; Introductory Skills for the Crew Leader.


R.I.C.T.A. does not discriminate in admissions, recruitment, services or employment on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, age or handicap.

HVAC(Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning)

HVAC LEVEL ONE:

Introductory to HVAC; Trade Mathematics; Copper and Plastic Piping Practices; Soldering and Brazing; Ferrous Metal Piping Practices; Basic Electricity; Introductory to Cooling; Introductory to Heating; Air Distribution Systems.

HVAC LEVEL TWO:

Commercial Airside Systems; Chimneys, Vents and Flues; Introductory to Hydronic Systems; Air Quality Equipment; Leak Detection; Evacuation, Recovery and Charging; Alternating Current; Basic Electronics; Introductory to Control Circuit Troubleshooting; Troubleshooting Gas Heating; Troubleshooting Cooling; Heat Pumps; Basic Installation and Maintenance Practices; Sheet Metal Duct Systems; Fiberglass and Flexible Duct Systems.

Eligible to register for Journey II license once completed 2 years of training and OJT.


HVAC LEVEL THREE:

Refrigerants and Oils; Compressors; Metering Devices; Retail Refrigeration Systems; Commercial Hydronic Systems; Steam Systems; Planned Maintenance; Water Treatment; Troubleshooting Electronic Controls; Troubleshooting Oil Heating; Troubleshooting Heat Pumps; Troubleshooting Accessories.

HVAC LEVEL FOUR:

Construction Drawings and Specifications; Air System Balancing; Indoor Air Quality; Energy Conservation Equipment; Building Management Systems; System Startup and Shutdown; Heating and Cooling System Design; Commercial and Industrial Refrigeration Systems; Alternative Heating and Cooling Equipment; Introductory to Supervisory Skills.

HVAC LEVEL FIVE:

Rigging; Welding & Cutting; Basic Pipe Fitting; Advanced Trouble Shooting; Preventive Maintenance; Control Systems; Freon; Freon Recovery; Review.


R.I.C.T.A. does not discriminate in admissions, recruitment, services or employment on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, age or handicap.

Masonry

MASONRY LEVEL ONE:
Introduction to Masonry; Masonry Safety; Masonry Tools & Equipment; Measurements, Drawings, and Specifications; Mortar; Masonry Units and Installation Techniques.

MASONRY LEVEL TWO:
Residential Plans and Drawing Interpretation; Residential Masonry; Reinforces Masonry; Masonry Openings and Metalwork; Advanced Laying Techniques; Effect of Climate on Masonry; Construction Inspection and Quality Control.

MASONRY LEVEL THREE:

Elevated Masonry; Specialized Materials and Techniques; Repair and Restoration; Commercial Drawings; Estimating; Site Layout - Distance Measurement and Leveling; Stone Masonry; Fundamentals of Crew Leadership.


R.I.C.T.A. does not discriminate in admissions, recruitment, services or employment on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, age or handicap.

Painting

PAINTING LEVEL ONE:

Careers in the Painting Trade; Safety; Ladders, Scaffolds, Lifts, and Fall Protection; Identifying Surface/Substrate Materials and Conditions; Protecting Adjacent Surfaces; Basic Surface Preparation; Sealants and Repair/Fillers; Introduction to Paints and Coatings.


PAINTING LEVEL TWO:


Painting Failures and Remedies; Job Planning and Completion; Chemical Cleaning and Stripping; Low-Pressure Water Cleaning; Abrasive Blasting; Drywall Finishing and patching; Stains; Clear Finishes; Wood Finishing; Coatings Two; Spray Painting.


PAINTING LEVEL THREE:

Painting Failures and Remedies Two; Job Supervision Planning, and Control; Coatings Three; Color and Tinting; Decorative (Faux) Finishes; Wallcovering; Graphics; Texturing; Spraying with Special Devices; Containment/Ventilation; Industrial Coatings; Quality Inspections; Specialty Materials.



R.I.C.T.A. does not discriminate in admissions, recruitment, services or employment on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, age or handicap.     
 

Pipefitting

PIPEFITTING LEVEL ONE:

Orientation to the Trade; Pipefitting Hand Tools; Pipefitting Power Tools; Oxyfuel Cutting; Ladders and Scaffolds; Motorized Equipment.

PIPEFITTING LEVEL TWO:
Piping Systems; Drawings and Detail Sheets; Identifying and Installing Valves; Pipefitting Trade Math; Threaded Pipe Fabrication; Socket Weld Pipe Fabrication; Butt Weld Pipe Fabrication; Excavations; Underground Pipe Installation.

Eligible to register for Journey II license once completed 2 years of training and OJT.


PIPEFITTING LEVEL THREE:

Rigging Equipment; Rigging Practices; Standards and Specifications; Advanced Trade Math; Motorized Equipment II; Introduction to Aboveground Pipe Installation; Field Routing and Vessel Trim; Pipe Hangers and Supports; Testing Piping Systems and Equipment.

PIPEFITTING LEVEL FOUR:

Advanced Blueprint Reading; Advanced Pipe Fabrication; Stress Relieving and Aligning; Steam Traps; In-Line Specialties; Special Piping; Hot Taps; Maintaining Valves; Introduction to Supervisory Roles.

PIPEFITTING LEVEL FIVE:

Safety Review Including OSHA, Ladders, Scaffolding and Excavations; Tools: Use, Care and Maintenance; Advanced Trade Math; Advanced Blueprint Reading; Standards & Specifications; Planning Work Activities; Motorized Equipment; Piping Systems; Code Review; Preparation for Exam.


R.I.C.T.A. does not discriminate in admissions, recruitment, services or employment on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, age or handicap.

Roofing

ROOFING LEVEL ONE:

Nails, Fasteners, Adhesives; Concrete and Reinforcement Materials; Tools of the Trade; Fasteners; Steel and Other Metals; Principles of Layout; Sheet Metal Processes; Bolting and Aligning; Rigging.


ROOFING LEVEL TWO:


Roof Systems; Soldering; Gutters and Downspouts; Roof Flashing; Hand Tools; Power Tools; Trim and Flashing; Roof Panel Types and Systems Design; Installing Standing Seam Roof Systems; Installing Lap Seam Roof Systems.


ROOFING LEVEL THREE:


Physical Characteristics and Mechanical Properties of Metals; Introduction to Welding, Brazing and Cutting; Roofing Applications; Installation of Cornices, Gutters, & Downspouts; Fabrication II – Radial Line Development; Reroofing; Roof Coatings.


ROOFING LEVEL FOUR:

Shop Production and Organization; Fabrication IV – Comprehensive Review



R.I.C.T.A. does not discriminate in admissions, recruitment, services or employment on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, age or handicap.

Sheet Metal

SHEET METAL LEVEL ONE:

Introduction to the Sheet Metal Trade; Tools of the Trade; Introduction to Sheet Metal Layout and Process; Trade Math One; Fabrication One – Parallel Line Development; Installation of Ductwork; Installation of Air Distribution Accessories; Insulation; Architectural Sheet Metal.


SHEET METAL LEVEL TWO:

Trade Math Two; Plans and Specifications; Fabrication Two – Radial Line Development; Sheet Metal Duct Fabrication Standards; Air Properties and Distribution; Bend Allowances; Soldering; Basic Piping Practices; Fiberglass Duct.

Eligible to register for Journey II license once completed 2 years of training and OJT.


SHEET METAL LEVEL THREE:

Trade Math Three – Field Measuring and Fitting; Air Systems; Principles of Airflow; Louvers, Dampers and Access Doors; Comprehensive Plan and Specification Reading; Fabrication Three – Triangulation; Advanced Architectural Sheet Metal.


SHEET METAL LEVEL FOUR:


Shop Production and Organization; Air Balance; Louvers; Dampers and Access Doors; Fume and Exhaust System Design; Fabrication Four: Comprehensive Review; (MT101) Introductory Skills for the Crew Leader.



R.I.C.T.A. does not discriminate in admissions, recruitment, services or employment on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, age or handicap.

Sprinkler Fitting

SPRINKLER FITTING LEVEL ONE:

Orientation to the Trade; Introduction to Components and Systems; Steel Pipe; CPVC Pipe and Fittings; Copper Tube Systems; Underground Pipe.


SPRINKLER FITTING LEVEL TWO:


Hangers, Supports, Restraints and Guides; General Purpose Valves; General Trade Math; Shop Trade Math; Shop Drawings; Standard Spray Fire Sprinklers; Wet Pipe Fire Sprinkler Systems; Dry-Pipe Systems.


SPRINKLER FITTING LEVEL THREE:

Deluge/Preaction Systems; Standpipes; Water Supplies; Fire Pumps; Application-Specific Sprinklers and Nozzles.


SPRINKLER FITTING LEVEL FOUR:

System Layout; Inspection, Testing and Maintenance; Special Extinguishing Systems; Introductory Skills for the Foreman; Procedures and Documentations.



R.I.C.T.A. does not discriminate in admissions, recruitment, services or employment on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, age or handicap.