Author Graves, Bennie
Article Title "Breaking Out": an Apprenticeship System Among Pipeline Construction Workers
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Source Human organization vol. 17, no. 3 (Autumn 1958), p. 9-13
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Journal Title Human organization
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ISSN 0018-7259
Brief substance This paper undertakes a description of the social relationships involved in becoming a skilled pipeline construction worker. The industry offers a convenient opportunity to study the informal and direct recruiting of workers.1 Construction companies do not sponsor formal training programs, yet most of the skilled workers in pipelining probably were trained on the job while working as laborers. Moreover, the skills are fairly complex and in order to learn one of them, the learner must have instruction and he must have access to the equipment and materials with which to practice. The process of skill-learning then, has been examined in terms of the trainee's status relationships to: 1) previously trained workers who can give or withhold instruction, 2) supervisors who control access to the materials and equipment for practice, and 3) inspectors who control work quality
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