Plumber Apprenticeship

Plumber Apprenticeship

Work Description

Plumbers install, repair, and maintain the water supply, waste water treatment, drainage, and gas systems in homes as well as commercial and industrial buildings. The work includes plumbing tasks to assemble, install, and repair pipes, fittings, and fixtures of heating, water, and drainage systems according to specifications and plumbing codes. Plumbers also install sanitary facilities such as lavatories, toilets, tubs, bathroom fixtures, showers, kitchen fixtures, drinking fountains, and laundry equipment.

Working Conditions

Plumbing work can be indoors or outdoors in existing and newly constructed buildings, in various weather conditions, and around noise, dirt, and mud. The work requires physical strength and stamina with prolonged standing, lifting heavy pipes and equipment, and working in cramped, awkward, or uncomfortable positions. Training in safety practices prevents the risk of dangers with falls from ladders, cuts from sharp tools, and burns from hot pipes or soldering equipment.

Training

  • 5-year training program
  • 8,000 hours of on-the-job learning
  • 500 hours of paid related instruction
  • 260 hours of unpaid related instruction to be completed on apprentice’s own time

Topics include plumbing code, repair and service, materials, installation of fixtures and appliances, system design, trade math, safety, science, blueprint reading, and isometric drawing.

Apply

Application requirements:
  • Have high school diploma or equivalent
  • Meet required norms on an aptitude test (if required)
  • Be physically able to perform work
  • Have valid driver’s license or reliable transportation
  • Take and pass a drug test prior to employment, if required by employer
I’m not currently employed by a business willing to sponsor me as an apprentice. How can I become a Plumber Apprentice?
  1. Complete apprentice application.
     
  2. Contact Mid-State Technical College to complete the Accuplacer. You will need to achieve minimum raw scores as follows:
    • Reading – 66
    • Arithmetic – 66
    • Elementary Algebra – 33

      Note: You may not be required to take the Accuplacer if you meet any of the following criteria:
      • You have taken the Accuplacer and achieved the minimum scores in the last five (5) years.
      • You have taken the ACT and achieved minimum scores of 17 in reading and math.
      • You have completed an associate or bachelor’s degree.

        Please contact the apprenticeship and work-based learning coordinator to evaluate waiving the Accuplacer requirement.
  3. Obtain high school (or GED/HSED) and college transcripts. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.
     
  4. Submit completed application, Accuplacer results, and transcripts to:
    Mandy Mayek, Apprenticeship & Work-Based Learning Coordinator
    Mid-State Technical College
    500 32nd St. North
    Wisconsin Rapids, WI  54494
    OR
    mandy.mayek@mstc.edu
     
  5. After successful completion of steps 1–4, you will receive an invitation to attend the next Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee meeting to receive a letter of introduction. You will be invited to meet with the committee that serves the area you live in.
     
  6. Use your letter of introduction as you apply for employment with potential sponsoring employers to show that you have met the requirements to become an apprentice.
I’m already employed by a business who is willing to put me on as an apprentice. What do I need to do?
  1. Complete the apprentice application.
     
  2. Have your employer complete the employer application.
     
  3. Contact Mid-State Technical College to complete the Accuplacer. You will need to achieve minimum raw scores as follows:
    • Reading – 66
    • Arithmetic – 66
    • Elementary Algebra – 33

      Note: You may not be required to take the Accuplacer if you meet any of the following criteria:
      • You have taken the Accuplacer and achieved the minimum scores in the last five (5) years.
      • You have taken the ACT and achieved minimum scores of 17 in reading and math.
      • You have completed an associate or bachelor’s degree.

        Please contact the apprenticeship a work-based learning coordinator to evaluate waiving the Accuplacer requirement.
  4. Obtain high school (or GED/HSED) and college transcripts. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.
     
  5. Submit completed apprentice application, employer application, Accuplacer results, and transcripts to:
    Mandy Mayek, Apprenticeship & Work-Based Learning Coordinator
    Mid-State Technical College
    500 32nd St. North
    Wisconsin Rapids, WI  54494
    OR
    mandy.mayek@mstc.edu
     
  6. All completed information will be sent on to the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards so that your apprenticeship contract can be developed. Your on-the-job training hours will begin to count after your contract is signed. You and your employer will be invited to the next Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee to approve your indenture.