Landscape Technician apprenticeship
DOT code: 408.364-640
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Attractively designed, healthy and well-maintained lawns, gardens, and grounds create a positive first impression, establish a peaceful mood, and increase property values. Landscape technicians perform the variety of tasks necessary to achieve a pleasant and functional outdoor environment. They also care for indoor gardens and plantings in commercial and public facilities, such as malls, hotels, and botanical gardens.
Landscape techniciansphysically install and maintain landscaped areas. They grade property, install lighting or sprinkler systems, and build walkways, terraces, patios, decks, and fountains. In addition to initially transporting and planting new vegetation, they transplant, mulch, fertilize, and water flowering plants, trees, and shrubs and mow and water lawns. A growing number of residential and commercial clients, such as managers of office buildings, shopping malls, multiunit residential buildings, and hotels and motels, favor full-service landscape maintenance. They also perform a range of duties, including mowing, edging, trimming, fertilizing, dethatching, and mulching, for such clients on a regular basis during the growing season.
Landscaping technicians use handtools such as shovels, rakes, pruning and regular saws, hedge and brush trimmers, and axes, as well as power lawnmowers, chain saws, snowblowers, and electric clippers. Some use equipment such as tractors and twin-axle vehicles. At parks, schools, cemeteries, and golf courses Landscape technicians may use sod cutters to harvest sod that will be replanted elsewhere.
During the term of apprenticeship, the apprentice shall receive such instruction and experience, in all branches of the occupation, as the necessary to develop a practical and versatile worker. Major processes in which apprentices will be trained (although not necessarily in the order listed) and approximate hours (not necessarily continuous) to be spent in each are as follows:
Work process schedule
Related technical instruction
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires 150 hours each year of related technical instruction which must be mastered by the apprentice in order to successfully complete the program. The following is a general list of instruction topics. For further information, please call the Division of Apprentice Standards at (617) 626-5409.
A. Plant identification
B. Landscape construction techniques
C. Landscape irrigation
D. Landscape management
E. Small engine maintenance and repair