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Apprenticeships for Plumbers & Pipefitters

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 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 timeframe 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 around $13-$15/hour 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 show either a birth certificate or valid passport and their Social Security card when they submit their application.  
  • Applicants must possess a high school diploma or its equivalent.   
  • Applicants must be physically capable of performing the essential functions of the apprenticeship program, with or without a reasonable accommodation, and without posing a direct threat to the health and safety of the individual or others.
  • 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, color, gender, religion, nationality or sexual orientation.
  • A written basic math test and interview are part of the application process.  
  • Once the application is completed, applicants will be notified of the interview time and date.  Interviews are usually held once a year, in the spring, or as needed.  The interview committee is comprised of members from labor and contractor management.
  • If accepted into the pool, an applicant remains on the list for two years.  Work begins as soon as an apprentice is indentured.
  • Classroom instruction runs from late July through May, two nights a week.  Building trade plumbers/pipefitters have 246 hours of instruction a year, while HVAC apprentices have 144 hours a year.
  • There is no cost for school for the programs; however book fees will be incurred.
  • Basic hand tools must be purchased by apprentices. 
  • Apprentices must have reliable transportation to and from work sites and related classroom instruction.
  • Once an applicant is indentured as an apprentice, they are expected to become a member of the Plumbers & Pipefitters Union, the fees of which are: 
    • Initiation fees are:  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 dues of one to one and a half 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
Email:  rc350jatc@live.com    Web:  www.ua.org

 

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