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Plumbing Apprentice

Program Requirements: Plumbing Apprenticship Program Courses

Plumbers install pipes for water, gas, sewage, and drainage systems. They install sanitary facilities such as toilets, tubs, bathroom fixtures, showers, kitchen fixtures, drinking fountains, and laundry equipment. Plumbers need a variety of skills to use both hand and power tools as well as welding equipment. Plumbers must also run tests on their installations to assure that the systems meet the plumbing code. They are often called upon to repair these same systems.

General Information

Pay scale: $14.16 - $31.46 per hour

Working conditions

Plumbers work is active and sometimes strenuous. They work indoors and sometimes outdoors. This includes heights as well as trenches. Often, work is done in cramped, wet, or dirty locations for long periods of time.

General qualifications: Must be in good physical condition and have a valid driver's license.

Union requirements
Must be 18 years old and a high school graduate or equivalent. Must pass aptitude test, personal interview, and submit an application.

Length of training
The training program lasts five years consisting of no less than 8,000 hours of on-the-job training with a minimum of 500 hours of classroom instruction and some night classes. Journeyman examination taken upon completion of apprenticeship.

Becoming a Plumbing Apprentice

  1. Go to the Plumbers and Steamfitter’s Training Center and fill out an application:
    K-R-W Plumbing Apprenticeship Committee
    Julie Nielson - 262-732-4103
    14011 Spring Street, Sturtevant, WI 53177
    Hours: Wednesdays and Thursdays 8am – noon
  2. Have High School Transcripts sent to the Plumbers and Steamfitters Training Center.
    • Transcript request forms are available when filling out the application.
  3. Achieve a passing score on algebra, arithmetic and reading portions of the Accuplacer test. The Accuplacer test is available at Gateway’s Kenosha & Racine campuses and the cost is $15. Contact Michelle James, Testing Manager, at (262) 564-2542.
  4. The Plumbing Apprenticeship Committee will set up interviews for those persons who have high school transcripts and passing Accuplacer scores on file. Interviews are scheduled twice a year at the Plumbers & Steamfitters Training Center.
  5. After passing the interview your name will be placed on a list of eligible candidates to be hired as an apprentice by local contractors.
  6. You will receive a letter of introduction. This should be presented to local contractors when applying for apprenticeship jobs.
  7. You MUST find a contractor to hire you before you can become an apprentice.
  8. Once hired by a contractor, you will be notified that you are an apprentice and will sign a contract with the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards
  9. Gateway Apprenticeship Department will notify you regarding registration, classes, and books.

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