JETS In The Community

Apprenticeship Companies



Pacific Empire Builders

This is where Industry and Education come together to make a real difference.

JETS has been blessed to have a great partnership with Pacific Empire Builders.  As an ongoing educational experience, vice president of operations Mr. Randall Thompson comes to JETS and gives presentations to the students. It gives the students an opportunity to get first hand insight into the construction industry and learn about leadership skills. Pacific Empire Builders, with the support of Thomas Safran & Associates, is also an apprenticeship partner with JETS where students have the opportunity to become paid construction workers and are able to put their construction skills to use while continuing to learn and develop new skills.  From all of us at JETS Thank you.

Pacific Empire Builders is committed to delivering high quality housing, retail, office and industrial projects for clients and end-users alike on schedule and within budget without compromising safety.   The Company performs pre-construction, construction management, and general contracting services for its clients.

Pacific Empire Builders was established by Dan Mahoney and Jason Tolleson, two of the founders of Serrano Development Group, a full service real estate investment and development firm.  After hiring outside general contractors to build their first few projects, Dan and Jason determined that cost, schedule, and quality objectives would be more readily achieved by aligning the development and construction teams more closely.  Headquartered in Los Angeles, Pacific Empire Builders is the preferred builder for Serrano Development Group.  Pacific Empire Builders is integrated into the development process early to collaborate and work closely with the architect and design consultants to produce the optimal design.  During construction, Pacific Empire Builders works closely with the development team to identify value engineering opportunities and to minimize cost and schedule impacts from changes.  By avoiding the pitfalls of the traditional owner builder roles, the Pacific Empire Builders and Serrano Development Group teams work together to design and build high quality buildings in a timely, cost-effective, and safe manner.


Ocean construction

In the fields of architecture and civil engineering, construction is a process that consists of the building or assembling of infrastructure. Far from being a single activity, large-scale construction is a feat of human multitasking. Normally, the job is managed by a project manager, and supervised by a construction manager, design engineer, construction engineer, or project architect.

For the successful execution of a project, effective planning is essential. Those involved with the design and execution of the infrastructure in question must consider the environmental impact of the job, the successful scheduling, budgeting, construction site safety, availability of building materials, logistics, inconvenience to the public caused by construction delays, and bidding, etc.

The Apprenticeship system is training the next generation of practitioners of a skill. Apprentices build their careers from apprenticeships. Most of their training is done while working for an employer who helps the apprentices learn their trade, in exchange for their continuing labor for an agreed period of time after they become skilled. At JETS the apprentice experience is complimented with an educational trade course in a classroom and workplace environment at vocational schools. A beginner or an inexperienced student will need a minimum about of hours in a vocational trade program before to build up his skill level before he can enter an apprentice program.


Ocean Electric

Electricians install and maintain the complex infrastructure of wiring and circuitry that keeps power flowing in our residences and businesses. Licensed electricians work on construction sites, repair systems for homes, businesses, and help install complex machinery. It's not a "classroom" skill. Although extensive study is a part of the training, electricians learn primarily as apprentices gaining hands-on experience.

Students interested in learning to become electricians can be placed in an apprenticeship program currently offered through Ocean Electric. Some background knowledge in electrical work is required and therefore students are placed in an electrical trade course that builds up their skill level. A minimum age is required, but there is no maximum age.

Apprentice electricians can work up to 40 hours per week at the trade under the supervision of a journeyman electrician and can receive pay. They spend additional time in the classroom training at the trade school. At the conclusion of training about five years for commercial and industrial construction, less for residential construction, apprentices become journeymen.

To become a licensed electrician once you complete your apprenticeship a state examination is required. There is no national standardized testing program. Each state administers its own written test. However, passing a licensing exam is required in all 50 states.

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Blue Water Plumbing

In the world of tradesmen there are a few trades one can be proud to be in, plumbing in one of them. Plumbing can be very rewarding and has great opportunities, you will need good study skills, willingness to learn, time, tools,

JETS is currently developing a trade course for plumbing. The advantage of the trade course is it will decrease the time of studies while you get to learn hands on and practical work. Thanks to Blue Water Plumbing JETS has an apprentice program in place for the student who he is ready to begin his plumbing career. You will have a better chance of working for a larger company if they see a trade school on your resume

Start working towards your plumber’s license. You are allowed to work under a journeyman until you receive your license. Try to watch everything and not ask too many questions while the journeyman is working, it is a good idea to keep questions in your head or write them down and ask later. Strive to be the best; the opportunities are endless in the field of plumbing.

C36 - Plumbing Contractor
California Code of Regulations

Title 16, Division 8, Article 3. Classifications

A plumbing contractor provides a means for a supply of safe water, ample in volume and of suitable temperature for the purpose intended and the proper disposal of fluid waste from the premises in all structures and fixed works. This classification includes but is not limited to:

  1. Complete removal of waste from the premises or the construction and connection of on-site waste disposal systems;
  2. Piping, storage tanks and venting for a safe and adequate supply of gases and liquids for any purpose, including vacuum, compressed air and gases for medical, dental, commercial and industrial uses;
  3. All gas appliances, flues and gas connections for all systems including suspended space heating units. This does not include forced warm air units;
  4. Water and gas piping from the property owner's side of the utility meter to the structure or fixed works;
  5. Installation of any type of equipment to heat water, or fluids, to a temperature suitable for the purposes listed in this section, including the installation of solar equipment for this purpose; and
  6. The maintenance and replacement of all items described above and all health and safety devices such as, but not limited to, gas earthquake valves, gas control valves, back flow preventors, water conditioning equipment and regulating valves.

Authority cited: Sections 7008 and 7059, Reference: Sections 7058 and 7059 (Business and Professions Code)
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Nadels Architect -

In the fields of architecture and civil engineering, construction is a process that consists of the building or assembling of infrastructure. Far from being a single activity, large-scale construction is a feat of human multitasking. Normally, the job is managed by a project manager, and supervised by a construction manager, design engineer, construction engineer, or project architect.

Nadel Architects Inc. is a multi-discipline architectural firm with divisions for retail, office/hotel, multi-family, residential, public/institutional, and interiors that are all overseen by division leaders. During the 28-year history of the firm's retail division, Nadel has specialized in single-story suburban neighborhood centers, power centers, and multi-story urban mixed-use developments.

As the trend toward social interaction at retail centers evolves, architects are designing more varieties of common areas that draw shoppers and keep them on-site longer. Waterscapes, landscapes, pedestrian pathways, sitting nodes, performance areas, and other amenities are all part of a retail architect's repertoire today.