What do Trade Show Installers Do?

Tradeshow Installation and Dismantle is a time sensitive industry, much like the movie industry "the show must go on". Tradeshow Installers are dispatched to various convention centers and hotels around Southern California. Depending on the size of the show, there could be as many as 1000 installers on a job. The Installer's lay carpet, set up exhibits, install various graphics, suspend truss and rigging for specialty lighting etc. Once the show opens, the installers will wither go to another show or have a few days off before returning to dismantle the show and prepare for the next event. The work is physically demanding and mentally challenging.



Medical Benefits
Pension Benefits
Quality On-the-job-training
Free Education/Classroom Training

The apprenticeship program is overseen and administered by the JATC (Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee).


Requirements for Apprenticeship Applicants:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age.

  • Must have a high school diploma, GED or equivalent (only OFFICIAL document, no copies will be accepted).

  • Must have a valid Social Security card (only OFFICIAL document, no copies will be accepted).

  • Must provide a resumé outlining qualifications and prior work experience.

  • Must have a valid California Driver's License (only OFFICIAL document, no copies will be accepted).

  • Must pass a basic math test consisting mostly of fractions and decimals.

  • Must pass a physical functional assessment test.

  • Must pass an Iso-Kinetic (range of movement) test.

  • Must pass a pre-employment drug test.

  • Must be available for an in-person interview conducted by a committee appointed by the JATC.



Apprenticeship Terms:

  • All apprentices shall undergo a six month and 600 hour probationary period.

  • All apprentices must commit to a three year program and will complete 3600 hours of work experience plus 1 year additional to study the specialty of choice.

  • All apprentices must agree to sign a contract that defines their status and agree to all conditions and requirements set for them by the JATC over the course of their apprenticeship.

  • All apprentices will be required to complete a minimum of 160 hours per year of training class time, in addition to their on-the-job training.

  • All apprentices will be required to provide their own standard tools necessary for performing functions of the job.

  • All apprentices will be provided with the monthly Show Schedule and it is the apprentice responsibility to obtain their own work.

  • All apprentices will be required to fill out a monthly OJT (On-the-job-training) showing how many hours they work in each category.


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updated May 5, 2017