Apprenticeships for Plumbers & Pipefitters
What do Plumbers and Pipefitters do?
Plumbers and pipefitters install, service and repair a variety of residential and commercial projects, from houses to casinos. Plumbers do installation, removal, maintenance, extension and alteration of plumbing systems, including all sanitary drainage, storm drainage facilities, special wastes, vent systems, water systems, gas piping and heating and cooling systems. Pipefitters and steamfitters install piping to convey substances such as air, gas or liquids on new or existing projects in all types of types of industrial plants, commercial buildings, hospitals, etc. Plumbers and pipefitters use a variety of materials, including carbon steel, copper, cast iron, plastics, fiberglass, stainless steel and other special alloys and types. Pipefitters are often certified in welding.
There are two programs, each taking a different time frame to complete: HVAC (heating, ventilation & air conditioning), four years; and building trades plumber/pipefitter, five years. There are different pay ranges for each field. The base apprentice wage begins in the $13-15/hour range and the journey level worker scale is in the $24-$30/hour range. Additional benefits like medical, dental and vision insurance, a retirement plan and pension annuity increase the total wage value. Applications are taken year ‘round at the Plumbers & Pipefitters Joint Apprenticeship Training office at 1150 Greg St. in Sparks.
- All applicants must be at least 17 years of age.
- Applicants will need to submit their completed, signed application with the following items: Birth certificate or passport, Social Security card, high school diploma or its equivalent, a transcript of high school grades and their military transfer or discharge form DD-214 (when applicable).
- Applicants must have reliable transportation to and from the work sites and related classroom instruction.
- Applicants must be physically capable of performing the essential functions of the apprenticeship program and subsequent work.
- Apprentices must successfully pass a drug test once they are accepted into and enter the program.
- The apprenticeship program offers equal opportunity to all people regardless of race, age, gender, religion, nationality or sexual orientation.
- Once the application is completed and returned with all required information, applicants will be notified when the interview process will be held.
- The interview process for the apprenticeship program is usually held once a year, in the spring or as needed. The interview committee is comprised of members from labor and contractor management.
- A pool of qualified eligible applicants will be maintained for two years. Unsuccessful applicants who wish to reapply must submit a new application and re-interview during each selection period.
- The number of applicants selected for employment is based on local economic conditions in the construction industry and the ability to keep the apprentice employed. There is no guarantee of steady employment.
- Daytime classroom instruction runs from July to May. Classes are usually held as a 40-hour school week, four to six times per year with some nights and weekends included as needed. Building trade plumbers/pipefitters receive a minimum of 246 hours of instruction per year on average and HVAC apprentices have a minimum of 144 hours a year.
- There is no cost for school for any of the programs, however book, test and license fees may be incurred.
- Basic hand tools must be purchased by apprentices.
- Once an applicant is indentured as an apprentice, they are expected to become a member of the United Associations Plumbers & Pipefitters Union Local 350. The fees of which are:
- Initiation: HVAC $250, building trades plumber/pipefitter $1,000. (These fees may be paid in full or set up as a payroll deduction) The initiation fee may be slightly reduced by attendance at union meetings.
- Starting apprenticeship monthly dues for both programs are approximately $32. Additionally, supplemental working dues of one to three percent per hour worked, depending on the program, are assessed for every apprentice or journey level worker.
For more information contact:
1150 Greg St., Sparks, NV 89431
Phone: 775-359-2229 Fax: 775-359-3485
Web: www.ua.org & http://www.ualocal350.org