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.
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”.
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
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
- 18 Years of age.
- High School graduate or
- Good moral character.
- Good physical condition.
Admission Requirements of the Joint Apprentice Training
- Apply 2nd and 3rd weeks in
January of each year.
- Testing by Work Keys Test
- Personal interview.
Visit the Wage Rates page for a current
list of Apprentice and Journeymen Wages.
Plumbers Union Local 690
2791 Southampton Road
Philadelphia, PA 19154
Ray Boyd, Training Director
Apprenticeship News and Pertinent Information
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