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Apprenticeship

Plumbers Job Description:
Plumbing involves installation and repair of a wide variety of piping systems and equipment. The majority of plumbing work is in the commercial segment of building construction. From layout (or even design) preparation to final installation of fixtures and equipment. A plumber practices daily, all of the mental and physical skills acquired through a structured learning process during the five-year apprenticeship period. The layout and installation of piping materials, plumbing fixtures and mechanical equipment are learned on the job. Blueprint reading, drawing, trade- math, related systems theory and selected manipulative skills are taught in the related training school program.
The apprentice works under the direct guidance and supervision of a licensed plumber.

Working Conditions;
Plumbing is hard work, and is performed throughout the year, in all kinds of weather, inside and out. Ditch work, elevated work often involving jobs in uncomfortable positions. Potential hazards require constant “good safety attitude and practice”.

Work Processes:
Sanitary and storm piping, disposal drainage, waste and venting piping, soldering, brazing, welding, water supply and services, fixtures, appliances, trim and supports, gas piping and equipment. Plumbers should be able to understand detailed instructions to plan and visualize a completed project.

Helpful School Subjects:
Mathematics, science, blue print reading and drafting and mechanical drawing.

Term of Apprenticeship:
Serve a five-year apprenticeship, 2000 hours on the job training per year. Related training-224 hour’s minimum classroom instruction per year. At completion of five year training program each graduate will have certifications in cross connection and backflow prevention, brazing, welding, OSHA 30, process safety management and journeyman plumber’s license.

General Qualifications:

  • 18 Years of age.
  • High School graduate or equivalent.
  • Good moral character.
  • Good physical condition.

Admission Requirements of the Joint Apprentice Training Committee:

  • Apply 2nd and 3rd weeks in January of each year.
  • Testing by Work Keys Test Services.
  • Personal interview.

Wages:
Visit the Wage Rates page for a current list of Apprentice and Journeymen Wages.

Contact:

Plumbers Union Local 690
2791 Southampton Road
Philadelphia, PA 19154

Ray Boyd, Training Director

Apprenticeship News and Pertinent Information

Apprentice applications NEW
[12/10/2014] - Applications for the Plumbers Union Local #690 Apprenticeship Program has been changed from the second and third week of January, 2015 to the second and third week of June, 2015. more

Apprenticeship Events

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