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Our Program

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Minimum Qualifications

1. At least eighteen (18) years of age.
2. High School graduate or a certificate of equivalency (GED)
3. One year of high school math or equivalent post-secondary course(s) completed with a grade of “C” or better, or an equivalent placement test score.

Ranked Selection

Applications of individuals who meet the minimum qualifications will be scored and ranked based on the documentation submitted by the applicant.  The pool of applicants is for use by employers that are registered with this apprenticeship committee.

Description of Work

Plumbers read blueprint to different scales, layout sewer pipe and water distributions, set fixtures such as sinks, toilets, water heaters, and filter systems using the various makes and models of fixtures. Service, repair and replace fixtures in both residential and commercial applications. Use the different hand tools, materials and fittings related to the trade. Follow city and county codes and state handicap standards. Solder and silver braze copper pipe. Physical labor includes drilling, trenching, lifting heavy materials and working on ladders.

Work Processes

The apprenticeship consists of both on-the-job training and related classroom training. Approximately 8,000 hours of work and learning are required.

100 hours

Gas piping, equipment, appliance

500 hours

Soldering, Brazing, Welding 

2,200 hours

Water: Supply, Service, Mains, Appurtenances

2,400 hours

Drainage, Waste, and Vent Piping (DWV)

1,000 hours

Sewerage: Sanitary and Storm Piping, Disposal

400 hours

Miscellaneous plumbing, piping, repair, maintenance

1,400 hours

Fixtures, Appliances, Trim and Supports

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Related Training

A minimum of 144 hours of related training is required each year. The apprentice will be responsible for paying tuition for each term throughout the program.  Related training must cover the following subjects and must be completed with a grade of “C” or better for graded classes or “pass” for non-graded classes:

  • Materials, tools, equipment

  • Mathematics, Science

  • State Safety Regulation, OSHA

  • Basic First Aid

  • Soldering and brazing

  • Welding, Gas, and Arc

  • Blueprint and drawing training

  • Plumbing rules, laws, and related codes

  • Draining (DWV) installations/treatment

  • Water Systems, installations/treatment

  • Related trades information

  • Medical gas Service and repair

  • Gas installation and venting

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Wage Schedule

The average wage for those journey workers employed by the participating employers in this occupation as of July 1, 2023, is $39.81 per hour.  Apprentices make a percentage of that wage according to their level in the program.  The progressive wage rate to be paid to the apprentice is:

  • 1st 1,000 hour period 45%

  • 2nd 1,000 hour period 50%

  • 3rd 1,000 hour period 55%

  • 4th 1,000 hour period 60%

  • 5th 1,000 hour period 65%

  • 6th 1,000 hour period 70%

  • 7th 1,000 hour period 75%

  • 8th 1,000 hour period 80%


Sewerage: Sanitary and Storm Piping, Disposal

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